Can't there be other ways to God than through Jesus Christ?

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Monday, January 27, 2014 0 comments

Last week, I wrote about why Christians claim that Jesus is the only way to heaven. Even though Jesus clearly stated that He is the only way (John 14:6), many people think that there must be other ways. Why would a loving God limit us so much that there would be only one way to get to Him and to heaven?

Back to my post a couple weeks ago, Jesus is so important because He is the only one who can save us from the death that we deserve. But why do we deserve death?

I’m sure everyone knows someone who you’d call a good person. You know the type - that person who volunteers for those less fortunate, does service work, and is generally nice. What about that person, do they still deserve death? Can’t they get to God without Jesus?

Take a look at the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17, given to the people of Israel by God. How does your life stack up to those? Have you kept every single one of them perfectly, every single second of every single day of your life? I can say with 100% certainty that I haven’t. If you’ve broken even one of them just one time, you’re a sinner. That good person you know? I’d be willing to bet money that he or she has broken at least one of those commandments, probably more in fact.

Have you ever made something more important than God (Exodus 20:3)? Anything you’ve done in your life that isn’t 100% what God wants for you is making that thing more important than God. If that fits you, you’re a sinner. Have you ever been angry with someone? You’ve committed murder (see Matthew 5:21-22). Have you ever looked a person with lust? You’ve committed adultery (see Matthew 5:27-28). Have you ever been busy all seven days of the week, and not kept a Sabbath for God? You haven’t remembered the Sabbath as you were commanded (Exodus 20:8-11). I could go on through the rest of the commandments, but I know I’m guilty of a few of those already, and I would guess that you are too.

Remember, God made the world, so He sets the rules. His rule is that only a perfect person who has never broken a single one of God’s rules can approach Him. If you are guilty of breaking even just one of His rules, you deserve death.

Every person who has ever lived, who lives now, or who will ever live has (or will) break at least one of God’s rules - likely many more, and multiple times - with one exception. The only person who has ever lived or will ever live that has lived a completely, 100% perfect life is Jesus. He is the only one who has never broken a single one of God’s rules, therefore He is the only way that we can get to God.

There can’t be other ways to God than through Jesus Christ, because God made the world and it works by His rules.