Aren't There Many Ways to God?
Whenever I do open-air preaching, I follow a similar format. First, I take about seven to ten minutes to make my opening remarks. I state who I am, why I have come to speak and explain the basics of my own walk with Jesus Christ. I tell why I believe Jesus is not only the way to personal salvation, but also why he gives us abundant life now.
Obviously, in the few minutes I have, I cannot go into great detail. In fact, it is better for me to be brief so too many people don't wander away because they are bored or too busy to hang around. So after a short talk on an issue from a biblical perspective, I encourage people to ask questions or make comments whether they agree or disagree with what I've said.
One of the topics that often strikes my listeners is the exclusive claims of Christianity. In an age of relativism, people are quite uncomfortable when you say you have the absolute truth. In an era when people want to think that their view of what is right and what is wrong is as good as anyone else's, you will get a lot of disagreement if you say Jesus' view is ultimately true.
Question 1. Why do you say that Jesus Christ is the only way to God?
One person in Massachusetts objected, "It is narrow-minded to say that Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus, Muhammad, Krishna are all symbols of God. God isn't limited to Jesus Christ. All the major world religions point to the same God."
If all religions point to the same God, one would imagine that they would say basically the same things about him, at least in their essential teachings. But if we examine these religions, we find that they in fact disagree over fundamental points. The Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and other holy books of Eastern mysticism teach that God is one. Everything is God. You are god. I am god. The tree is god. The dirt is god. The insect is god. Good is god. Evil is god. They also teach that God is impersonal, that God is an it.
Judaism, Christianity and Islam on the other hand teach that God is the Creator and that we are not part of him. Rather we were made by him. They also teach that God is holy and just. He has defined the difference between good and evil. God is seen as a personal being who has a special relationship to humanity.