John 14: Is Jesus the Only Way?
We live in a world of tolerance, and it seems to me that people are becoming less and less comfortable with affirming that certain views might be wrong. For Christians, this unpopular view comes with the territory. If Christianity is right, then if we take John 14 seriously, then other worldviews are wrong.
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
There are two possibilities here. Jesus is right, or Jesus is wrong. If Jesus is wrong, then Christianity is wrong. After all, it would be hard to sustain the belief that Jesus Christ is the perfect son of God if he was indeed not perfect. Therefore, in that perspective, Christianity would be wrong.
If Jesus is right, then a lot of other worldviews are bound to be wrong here. Jesus did not say He was one possible way. He explicitly says that no one is getting to God without Him. As a result, does the cycle of reincarnation and the positive acquisition of karma get you to God? Isn’t that just another path up the same mountain? If Jesus is right, then that simply is not true.
I think that this tells us something about the world today. We’re uncomfortable with commitment. We like to make decisions that have no potential consequences. Choosing a worldview is a decision that has consequences. If Christianity is right, there are implications that go along with that. The same applies to Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Atheism or any other belief system. They all make claims about the nature of reality as well as what we need to do. They all cannot be simultaneously true because some of those claims directly contradict each other. Don’t get me wrong, there are some moral values that overlap between the various religions. I’m not denying that, but I am saying that there are also substantial differences. We cannot broadbrush and simply say that all religions are the same. That would be blatantly false.
Therefore, we have to make a choice. If Jesus right, or is Jesus wrong? Is Jesus the only possible way to God?