We are all familiar with ‘One Way – Do Not Enter’ signs. They are posted in clear view of the driving public to restrict traffic flow on certain streets and roadways. They are there to prevent head-on collisions. We see them and instinctively respond to them for our own good. It is foolhardy to disregard these signs.
This is not the case in the religious world. Across the years and across religious faiths there has been much disagreement and debate about the ‘one way’ to obtain eternal life. While differences among diverse religious faiths is to be expected, there is surprising disparity within the Christian community. Many believe that to claim belief in Jesus as God’s only Son and our Savior as the only way to heaven is too exclusive and narrow. A host of other Christians believe that Jesus is the only way to eternal life. There are others who hold that it doesn’t make any difference what you believe as long as you are basically a good person. They would proclaim that God is loving and kind to the point that no one will be excluded from Heaven.
I have read the writings of many of the proponents of the various positions. I have concluded personally that long after the pages upon which these religious sages have written have turned yellow and crumbled; long after silverfish have eaten their fill of the deteriorating print; long after the musings of religious pundits have faded from memory, the Bible will still be true. It will still be the number one bestseller, as it has been across centuries. I have determined that I will take the following Holy Scriptures at face value:
- “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” (John 14:6, NIV)
- “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12, NIV)
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5, NKJV)
~ Brother Roy