John 3: Is Jesus the Only Way?
John 3:16 is the most popular verse in the Bible I suppose, and that is where I want to focus our attention today along with the surrounding verses.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
I know that many people try to make Christianity into one path to God among many. They will argue that we are all climbing up the same mountain, but we are going up different sides. The end result will be the same.
I honestly have no idea how they can come to that conclusion.
First of all, if we look at verse 16, it is clear that believing in Christ will give you eternal life. Therefore, Christianity is at least a path to God. That verse does not show us the exclusivity yet, but it does show us that following Jesus and believing in Him for our salvation will get us to heaven. Verse 17 reinforces that. We are saved through Jesus Christ.
Verse 18 then brings us to the exclusive part. If you do not believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are condemned already. Therefore, we have a dichotomy here. Either you believe in Jesus Christ and will be saved, or you do not and are condemned.
Now, I haven’t done anything yet to show you why you should believe in Jesus instead of all other gods, but I hope I have at least challenged you to think about how Christianity rises or falls on its own. The Christian cannot support the idea that many paths will bring us to one God. As we will see later in John, Jesus is the Way.