In a 2007 survey of more than 35,000 people, findings by the Pew Research Center found 57% of Evangelical Christians believe many religions can lead to eternal life. Now that’s disturbing but more ominous is the same survey found amongst Mainline churches, 83% agree
Having these numbers securely under your belt. It should come as no surprise when as a believer who believes Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life you get branded. You will wear such labels as “Narrow-minded”, “Arrogant”, “Egotistical and Bigoted, naming but a few.
Admittedly, I too once looked for ways around the Christian view of there being but one way to God. I mean, if he does exist, I would reason. If it is true that he is “not wishing that any should perish” as 2 Peter 3:9 declares. Why then should it be a one-lane, one-way road that leads to Heaven? Why not carve out dozens of paths and make it easy.
Let Moses take the Jews to the Promised Land, Mohammad can lead the Muslims, Buddha covers the Buddhist, Confucius the Chinese, Pythagoras the Greeks and Jesus can take care of the Christians. Sound good? Yes, to the world who prefers subjective truth over objective truth it sounds both good and reasonable.
However, the simple reality of the matter is this. Jesus said, “ “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). You may want to make note of the word “the” – it’s the definite article here. Thus, Jesus did not say I am a way, a truth, and a life; but the way, the truth, and the life. Then taking it over the top, Jesus boldly declares that more than just being the way to heaven he says, I am the ONLY way to heaven. “No one comes to the Father except through me”.
Listen up, religion is not your ticket to eternal life, being good and charitable won’t do it, your knowledge or ancestry doesn’t reserve you a place either. Only Jesus and Jesus only will get you through the gate. He purchased the ticket for you on the Cross. Yes, Christianity is narrow, extremely narrow, but I have no regrets in traveling this road. So go ahead, call me arrogant. I don’t mind being labeled an egotistical fool, bigoted or narrow-minded either – my feelings aren’t hurt. What does hurt though is thinking that so many people I know and love might miss heaven. Please don’t do that – please. Let’s talk.