Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (NLT)
There are so many ways that man is trying to get to heaven. Good works; liberal, unbiblical, feel good teachings and so on. They are the ones who won’t waste one second of their time reading the Bible or considering God as a viable option. Without truly knowing God or His word they see Christianity as a restrictive set of unyielding laws and commands. While that’s true of the Mosaic Law of the Old Testament, they don’t allow their investigation to delve into the depths of God’s grace found in the New Testament.
In the above portion of John’s Gospel we find Jesus speaking to His disciples prior to His death. He lays out for them just exactly who He is from a spiritual perspective. Christ is the way because we can only enter into fellowship with God thru Him. As the truth He guides us on that way. As for the life, He is the beginning and the end of it. Because of Christ’s substitutionary death on a cross we will know God as our Father. Those who reject Christ and the gift of His gracious forgiveness will know God only as their Judge.
“By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.” Hebrews 10:20 (NLT)
Scripture is crystal clear; there is no other way to heaven except thru Christ. There is no way to negotiate an alternate path. No debate to be had. No barter to be made. You either accept the free gift of salvation or you don’t. Believing that all roads lead to the top of the same mountain, as the Hindus believe, is false and in direct contradiction with God’s Word. Being a good person is useless. Who decides what is good or bad? And who decides who is good enough? Jesus says in Luke 18:19, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” The Apostle Paul says in Romans 3:23 “… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,…”. No one can enter heaven without receiving forgiveness from God thru Christ’s blood.
God wants to know you as your Heavenly Father, not your eternal judge. “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve … “. (Joshua 24:13) Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Entire Bible.