We live in a world that is plagued by pluralism and relativism. Pluralism says, “there are many ways to God, and as long as you have ‘faith’, as long as you are ‘religious’, you will be fine.” Since the various religions of the world stand in opposition to one another, this concept of pluralism really doesn’t make sense. Everybody can’t be right! Thus, much of our world must be following faulty paths to God.
Relativism is the idea that ethical truth is dependent upon the group or individual who holds to that idea. Simply stated, truth is whatever I say it is. This is a plague because it destroys any notion of absolutes, and with no absolutes society will eventually plunge into chaos. There will eventually be no laws because no one will be able to agree as to what is right and what is wrong.
So, what is the right way to God? What is truth? Is there any way we can know? Let me share briefly what I believe and why.
As I stated weeks ago in my first post, I hold to a Biblical Worldview. I have become convinced that the truth I need for living my life and understanding the world comes from ancient writings. I believe they are the very words God gave certain men to record . . . men who lived over a period of hundreds of years, and yet whose 66 books form a cohesive and comprehensive telling of God’s work in the history of man. It’s message is so unique and so amazing that many people decide that it has to be fiction. Fact is, it is either what it says it is, or it is the greatest fraud perpetrated upon humankind. It is either true or it is not! It can’t be a little true . . . it can’t be somewhat right . . . it can’t be just one of many ways to salvation.
In John 13 we read of when Jesus was sharing with His disciples (closest followers) about His upcoming death. Obviously, they were depressed by His words, so in the 14th chapter Jesus tells them to not be troubled about the things He shared because He was going to prepare a new home for them (Heaven). Thomas, one of the 12 men who were His closest friends, said to Jesus, “Lord, we do not know where you are going, and how can we know the way?” (v.5) Jesus’ reply to Thomas is one of the key verses in the Bible that makes it clear there is but one way to eternal life. Verse 6 says, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”
Such a statement is unequivocal. Jesus declared that He is the one and only way to the Father. Here, and in other places, the Bible states this fact without reservation or apology. John 3:16 is the Good News of salvation and eternal life in a nutshell . . . “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Because of His great love, God became a man (Jesus) and did for us what we could never do for ourselves. There is no way that we can save ourselves, no way we can earn our way into heaven. Later, in verse 36 of John 3 Jesus said, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on Him.” Pretty solid evidence Jesus considered Himself the only way of salvation and eternal life.
Jesus is “the way” and He is also “the truth.” Do you want to know what is truth? Look at the life of Jesus. His example teaches us what our lives should be like . . . lived to please and serve God. Jesus is also “the life.” In John 10:10 Jesus tells us, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Not only does Jesus provide eternal life in heaven, He offers a fulfilling, complete life to His followers. Ever wonder why life seems empty? Ever wonder why life doesn’t have more meaning? It’s because Jesus is the source of the life you have been looking for. If you have never accepted the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, I encourage you to do so today. Simply ask God to reveal the truth about Jesus to your heart. Read the entire Gospel of John which will share with you fully why Jesus is “the way”!