Is Jesus the Only Way to God?
An idea that is becoming increasingly popular to believe today is that the sincere Moslem, Buddhist, Hindu, Jew, and Christian are all worshipping the same God, just by different names. Therefore, they are all acceptable unto God, with or apart from faith in Jesus. In the old movie "Oh God!" George Burns once played the role of God. He depicted God as a kindly, but bungling old man. When asked if Jesus was his Son, he replied that He was, but so was Buddha and Mohammed. The idea was that they are all paths to the same God. The teachings of Scripture that Jesus is "the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:17-18) has, more often than not, been pushed aside by Hollywood. Mainstream America has accepted Hollywood's version rather than the Scriptures of God.
However, Jesus cannot be simply another pathway to God among many. He, Himself, does not allow it. He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me. " (John 14:6). If what Jesus said was a lie, then He cannot be a pathway to God at all. If what He said was true, then He is the only pathway to God. But He cannot be just one pathway among several. Yes, there are sincere, dedicated worshippers in other religious faiths than Christianity. And those who understand what Christianity is know that it never excuses mistreatment of others. All should be treated with respect and dignity. And no one can be coerced into becoming a disciple of Jesus. It is a matter of the heart.
But it is still true that any religion that denies that Jesus is the only way to God stands in direct conflict with Jesus Himself. One might as well call Jesus a liar as to say that we can come to God in other ways than Him. And it does not matter how strongly or sincerely I may believe that there are other ways to heaven. If I strongly and sincerely believe that 1+1=3... it still equals 2. And Jesus still equals the only way to God. He has to be just that, or He is not a way at all, and not the Son of God.
But, the resurrection declares Him to be just that: The Son of God (Romans 1:1-3).
By Jon W. Quinn
From Expository Files 9.2; February 2002