What if someone asked you, “Is Jesus the only way?” What would your answer be? As we found out Monday from Mrs. Sue Bohlin, the answer is quite simple. See a lot of people take the position that, while Jesus may work for some, Jesus just doesn’t work for everyone. Maybe you haven’t thought this particular thought, but I’m sure you’ve heard someone say it. When people hear others state that Jesus is the only way, they may see it as arrogance or you being intolerant to think Jesus is the only way.
So what do you do if you’re faced with this question or called intolerant? In week 3 of our Apologetics Series, Mrs. Bohlin explains 3 options of how to look at the topic of whether Jesus is indeed the only way.
Option #1 | How Narrow is Christianity Really?
Argument #1: Some people believe Christianity is not narrow. Yes, Jesus is a way to God but he is but one of many. Jesus just so happens to be the way Christians approach God. People argue that Christianity is, in a way, a broad and accepting religion and if you’re sincere, all sincere seekers can find the kingdom of Heaven.
Argument #2: All religions have technical differences but all are essentially the same. So why can’t everyone get alone? Christians only have a piece of a bigger puzzle so how can they claim the whole puzzle by claiming Jesus is the only way? Just like the bumper sticker, let’s COEXIST.
Christ’s Response: Christianity is, indeed, very narrow and Jesus told us all that we need to know concerning this. In John 14:6, Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life; No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus revealed in this one verse that he is the one and only true way to God. To drill this concept home, Acts 4:12 states “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Jesus stating this answers both arguments. Jesus is the only way, so yes Christianity is narrow; and Christians have ALL the pieces to the bigger puzzle, Jesus is the only way!
Jesus claimed to be Yahweh and exhibited attributes that only God possessed. Jesus was eternal; never had a beginning; was sinless; and was omnipresent, which is the ability to be everywhere at the same time. We believe the evidence that Christ was who he said he was. The bible made it clear and his disciples affirmed.
Additional Call to Action: Educate individuals if they doubt the bible. Help them to not fear. Let them know that they can believe the Bible, as it is trustworthy!
Option #2 | Christianity is Narrow, but it’s Wrong!
Argument: In our culture, many believe that claiming Jesus to be the only way is narrow-minded, bigoted, and arrogant. Anything that is narrow can’t possibly be right or true. People point to millions of worshippers, claiming if they’re sincere, they can’t be wrong. The belief that Jesus isn’t for everyone is putting off the assumption that truth is determined by your belief or lack of belief. This means, what I believe will determine if something is objectively true or not. An example would be someone believing they are going to heaven and because of this belief it is truth.
Response: Sincerity means nothing in terms of whether something is right or wrong. Sometimes people can be sincere but be sincerely wrong. For example, Jim Jones led many to their death because they trusted him, believing he was sincere and he couldn’t be wrong. Also, the response of truth being what you believe is confusing and ultimately fails. Arguing that statement is basically arguing personal preference vs. life or death truth. In an example, it seemingly argues that just because you like chocolate ice cream doesn’t mean everyone else has to like it. You can’t argue personal preference with Jesus as this choice goes beyond personal preference and into life or death because of the truth associated.
We don’t struggle with such “truths” in the real world. For example, when it comes to automobile engineering reality is narrow. Cars only run on gas. You can’t put water or another substance in the gas tank and expect it to run. It may only run on gasoline, leaving its engineering narrow. A lot of things are narrow and true, so why is Christianity argued different?
Option #3 | Christianity is narrow, but its narrow and right; narrow and true!
This is the best answer! Tolerance is the new “cool factor” nowadays. Many believe that every belief and religion is equally valid except intolerant ones like Christianity. People can be tolerant with others as long as it’s not Christians.
Well, the truth is this. Jesus is truth. He was not crazy nor a liar. Jesus was true, the only way to God and he backed it up with is actions. There was no inconsistence with Christ as he was consistent with the real world, no abnormalities. Jesus backed-up all of his claims and because of this, we believe he is the only way to God!
Additional Points to Ponder
What happens if someone has never heard the Gospel of God?
The first thing to remember is that God wants ALL of us to be saved far more than anything, even more than we want to be saved ourselves. In 1 Timonthy 2:4, it states that God “wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” Another good verse for future bible study would be 2 Peter 3:9! The truth, however, is that judgment will be based on the light you received. No one is in total darkness as we all have a sense of moral consciousness. See, God has revealed himself to everyone in some way. Although some are more fortunate to maybe grow up in a Christian environment, everyone has seen a bit of light from God. Romans 1:20 shows that God has made himself visible, in some form, to everyone! No one will stand before God and say they didn’t know or he wasn’t there.
(Additional Bible verses for study – Romans 1; Ecclesiastes 3:11; Romans 2)
What about those who can’t accept or reject Christ? For instance, what happens to newborn babies who never get a chance to make this decision?
Simply put, Christ’s blood was spilled for us, even those who can’t accept or reject him. God revealed himself in the Old Testament to ALL his people. God placed eternity in our hearts in the confines of a little seed. There can be no contempt of court, figuratively speaking, as people have the opportunity to respond to the light that God shines. With the birth of Christ, we can’t say we didn’t know.
The law of non-contradiction
One thing to always remember is the law of non-contradiction. The law of non-contradiction states that 2 opposite statements can’t be true at the same time or same way. A can’t mean non-A. For example, in one statement you can’t say, “Hi my name is Chuck” and in the same statement say “Hi my name is not Chuck.” They can’t be true at the same time. Food for thought: All religions can’t be the same because they disagree in some of the major points. Either all are wrong or there is a religion that is right!
Monday’s discussion was one for the ages! There was plenty of content and a lot of information, but I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to speak with Mrs. Sue Bohlin. All that is left is for you to give feedback and join the discussion! I challenge and ask you all to either comment in the comment section or get the conversation going period. Thank you as always, God bless!