Friday, July 29, 2011

I am the Way



“I am the Way” (John 14:6)

Have you wondered the thought process behind “All religions lead to the same place”? I understand that sounds all peachy keen to the human ears but is it possible? Could it be that all spiritual roads lead to the same exact place? Jesus tells us something different from his very own lips in John 14 when he says, “I am the way.”

Jesus’ claim of being “the way” should stop us in our tracts. This claim alone should cause us to ask, “How can all religions claim to lead us to the same place yet Jesus claims to be the way?” Christianity is a religion that is all about following Jesus Christ. In John 14, Jesus is making a definitive claim. He is not claiming to be “a way” but rather “the way” which means there is only one path. There is no other way apart from Jesus. But we need to ask “the way” to what or who? Jesus follows up at the end of verse 6 by stating: “No one comes to the Father except through me.” This is why Christianity is hated in our pluralistic society. Jesus makes definite claims and so Christians must do the same. We cannot be loving people if we tell a dying world that all roads lead to the same God or to the same heaven because the Bible does not give us that option. Either we must tell the world the truth about Christ or we reject him.

In our modern day allegiance to tolerance we have confused truth and tolerance. Tolerance is “A fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, etc., differ from one’s own” (Dictionary.com). Hear me say there is no issue with tolerance but when it comes to the truth this is where people are offended. I’ll be the first to admit many Christians, including myself, have not always had a right attitude towards others opinions about religion. This is a sin to be confessed and repented of by all believers. I think Christians are thrown under the bus of showing a “lack of tolerance” because of their claims of knowing the truth. Christians should be tolerant remembering that tolerance is having a right attitude toward those who differ from us. Understanding God’s grace will help us be tolerant because we will understand why people reject the truth. When we recall our own testimony we quickly remember God’s work in saving us through the hearing of the gospel. We must be faithful to speak the truth so souls will turn away from sin through the working of the Holy Spirit. But the key is we must speak the truth. Christians should not be giving their opinion about God but rather speaking his truth to others because his Word alone “is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts of intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). We are told to “preach the Word in season and out of season” which is not just a command to preachers but to Christians. We must be ready to tell people the truth of Scripture.

Imagine with me for a moment being tolerant to a person who whole heartedly believes 2 +2 = 6. It doesn’t make sense to be tolerant with something that is a matter of fact. The truth is 2+2 = 4. Every person would quickly and graciously try to tell this person they are incorrect. The reason Christians can be so confident to speak the truth is because we know the truth. It is not intolerant to speak the truth to people. If you are a Christian then speak up! You have the truth. You know the way. This is the beauty of having our God-given spiritual eyes. God graciously reveals to us the truth. He has shown us that only through his Son, Jesus Christ, is the way to him. No other path will do. If all paths lead to the same place then Jesus is a liar but the Bible is clear that God cannot lie therefore it would be impossible for Jesus to lie. Listen to him: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” Since Jesus spoke it we should do the same.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

I realize I posted a Text Treasure on I am the Way previously with many of the same truths above but I wanted to expand some on the issue of tolerance and truth. For the old post on I am the Way click here.

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