“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
Many would attempt to place Biblical Christianity alongside the other religions of this world as if it can be viewed as one of many ways to worship and serve God and obtain eternal rewards. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Jesus, the founder of the Christian Faith, makes it very clear that Christianity is an exclusive religion and that the only way to come to God the Father, the Creator of heaven and earth, is through faith in Him as God the Son and God’s Messiah and Savior!
After speaking of the many mansions (or dwelling places) in His Father’s house, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Jesus and His cross are the only way to achieve fellowship with God the Father. He is the truth and only His doctrine is truth. And, only through faith in Him and His innocent sufferings and death on the cross for the sins of the world is there life in fellowship with God now and forever in the mansions of His Father’s House.
Jesus, through His teaching, reveals our utter sinfulness and failures to measure up to the demands of God’s holy law (cf. Matthew 5:20). And He calls upon all to trust in Him and His cross for life everlasting.
Jesus said, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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” (John 3:14ff.). And He also said: “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” (3:18; cf. 3:36; 5:23-24; 8:24).
This means that all the other religions and “isms” of this world are false – lies of the devil – and can save no one. Those practicing Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Mormonism, etc. may be fine people in this world but they are deceived and lost forever. Even within the outward pale of Christianity, those who do not acknowledge their utter sinfulness and look solely to the crucified and risen Christ Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins and life everlasting are lost forever and will suffer in the fires of hell!
It is as Peter testified of Jesus before the Jewish rulers and people: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
So, can Jesus and Christianity be lumped together with the other religions of this world as equally valid ways to God? Not according to Jesus and Biblical Christian doctrine! It is as John writes in his first epistle (1 John 5:11-12): “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”
Dear Lord Jesus Christ, grant that we see the exclusiveness of true Christianity and place our hope and our faith solely in You and Your cross for our salvation. Amen.
[Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Bible]