THE BIBLICAL VIEW
But, what does the Bible say? Remember, if we believe the Bible, we must share its sentiments on this subject, regardless of what the commonly held views may be. The writer of the book of Proverbs said, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death” (Prov. 14:12). And, in case someone missed it, he repeats this stern warning again, in Proverbs 16:25.
Jesus’ own statements about how one can reach God, and ultimately salvation, are expressed in the strongest of terms. He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Again, He said, “All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved” (John 10:8-9). The apostle Peter fortified these statements in unmistakable terms when he preached, “Salvation is found in no
one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). (See also John 3:36).
“WAYS THAT SEEM RIGHT”
According to the Bible then, a person cannot come to God for salvation apart from faith in Jesus Christ, the only-begotten, divine Son of God! Not through Krishna of the Hindu religion; not through Gautama of the Buddhist religion; not through Horus or Osiris of ancient Egyptian religions; not through Tammuz or Bel Merodach of ancient Babylon; not through Marduk of the Phoenicians; not through Mithra or Zoroaster of the ancient Persians; not through Quetzalcoatl of the early Mexicans; not through Huetzilopochtli of the Aztecs; not through Freyr of the ancient Scandinavians; not through Attis of the Phrygians; not through Bacchus or Artemis of the ancient Grecians; not through Laotsu of Taoism; not through Confucius of ancient China; not through Amaterasu of the Shinto religion; and not through Muhammad of the Muslim religion.
ONE NARROW WAY
If this approach seems too narrow, then it’s no more so than Jesus himself prescribed when telling about the way to God that He had made possible: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). This “narrow road” is Jesus Himself, who said, “I am the way…” (John 14:6). Paul taught that there was “one body and one Spirit . . . one hope . . . one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God…” (Ephesians 4:4-6). He further stated that believers were “baptized into one body” (I Corinthians 12:13), and that this one body was the church (Ephesians 1:23). Jesus had said that those who heard his voice would become “one flock” having “one shepherd” (John 10:16). Paul wrote, “For there is one God and one mediator [literally, “a go-between”] between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (I Timothy 2:5)
EVERYONE NEEDS JESUS!
Think about it! If there were many ways to God, then why would Jesus have told his followers to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15)? Matthew’s account says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations . . .” (Matthew 28:19). Notice that Jesus viewed “all the world,” “all creation,” “all nations” as needing to hear the Gospel in order to be saved. He stated that “repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations” (Luke 24:47). Why? Because every person in every nation, tribe and language must be told that salvation is available only through Jesus Christ!
William E. Paul is a retired minister now making his home in Franktown, CO