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Only One Way

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. -John 14:6 (HCSB)

I know that Christians are accused of a great many things, much of which is false. We are not bigots, haters or ignorant, superstitious folks as I have sometimes heard. However, to call a Christian "narrow-minded" would be (or should be) correct. Since our Lord was pretty much narrow-minded on the subject of our salvation, so must we be.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. 14 How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it. -Matthew 7:13-14 (HCSB)

I remember a time when I would tell you I was a Christian, but would also sometimes parrot the old "there are many paths to God" stuff. I have since asked forgiveness for such remarks and have repented. In so peddling that, I was in effect calling Jesus a liar. He never said anything about 'many paths' and, if there were, why would He suffer the unbelievable cruelty of the cross?

Perhaps I just wanted to believe that more people would be saved than actually will be. Most, if not all, of us know someone we care about that refuses to accept God's gift of grace through Jesus. Rather than trying to convince myself that the Bible is "wrong on this one subject," my time would better be spent trying to lead them to the Lord.

Those of us who are Christians believe in the saving power of a resurrected Lord. Let's always keep in mind why He did what He did. If there was any other way...

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