My Way or the Highway

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Friday, March 17, 2017 0 comments

by Charlie Wolcott

“It’s my way or the highway!”

We’ve all heard that phrase used, or any variation that means the same thing. You agree with me or go off on your own and get out of my way. There is a strong perceived resistance to this mentality with all the talk about inclusion and getting along, yet the great irony is that the ones most vocal against this are the ones who most viciously carry it out. The ones that want everyone to be most open-minded and to embrace and consider ideas other than their own are typically ones most reluctant to practice this. However, this should not surprise us, because every belief and every religion is exclusive of others.

How can I say that? In Christianity, Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus said he is the only option. No other way works. Islam teaches a similar message: “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his Prophet.” They are adamant that there is no other option other than Islam. Mormons do claim to believe in Jesus Christ but also believe that salvation must be approved by Joseph Smith. Atheists, by the very definition of the term, believe there is no God at all, which is certainly exclusive of any religion that claims there is one. More on that below. The point here is every belief and every religion believes they are right and every other religion is wrong.

So the natural following question to this reality is: Which one is right, and how can we know which one is right? One of the things we at Worldview Warriors have addressed in great detail is a defense of the Biblical position. Many of the posts by bloggers Bill Seng, Steve Risner, and I (prior to July 2016) have been about apologetics and mainly the Creation/Evolution debate. Current blogger David Odegard has been doing a series on the different philosophies of man that have come through our academies and universities. We have plenty of resources and if we do not know the answer, there is a good chance we know someone who does. We have good reason why we believe what we believe, but I do not have the space to into that in this article.

What if we do not know if we are right or wrong? That can be an honest position to take because many do not know if they are right or wrong. There are sadly many who claim to be Christian and they truly have no idea why they believe that. Many atheists today say their atheism is not the affirmative believe in “there is no God” but a position of “I lack belief in God.” The latter is not actually atheism; that is agnosticism, which in both Latin and Greek means “ignoramus.” That’s not an insult, it simply means means “I don’t know.” And it is perfectly fine to be in that state of “I don’t know.”

However, if you are in a position where you do not know, then you are not in position to argue against those who do know. To know and to know against is still coming from positions of knowledge. You cannot come from a position of ignorance and honestly argue with someone who comes from a position of knowledge. “Well, maybe I do not know the actual answers but I do know that you are wrong!” I’ve heard that numerous times as well.

Let’s use Creation and Evolution to illustrate. Many times, I have heard, “I don’t know how the universe came to be but I know that God did not do it.” How do they know? By what position can they make such a statement? There is a difference between coming from a position of knowledge and knowing all the details. The Bible does not say exactly how God created atoms or how he made the laws of physics other than through just his voice, but it does say, “All things were created through Him and for Him.” We can come from a position of knowledge that God created it because we have a record of that.

To claim that God does not exist requires a position of knowledge, which means one must have honestly investigated everything (and I mean everything) lest God be in that area where they have not investigated. Considering most scientists today tell us we know less than 1% of what there is to know in the universe, and if they are honest they will admit that the more they learn the more they realize they don’t know, how could anyone intelligently say “there is no God”? But if they do not know about God’s existence, how can they tell us we are wrong?

In reality they have to be right in order to retain their position. They cannot consider God to be an option, because if they do that messes up everything they have done and considered and worked for. For an atheistic scientific researcher dedicating his life to the study of Evolution, to admit that God created the universe as the Bible records defeats and nullifies everything he had done: all his education, all his research, all his papers written, everything. And many are not willing to give up their work for truth, because everything about them is based on their education. Some try to admit God’s existence and retain their academic prowess by slapping “God did it” to the end of their studies, however that’s not the “cost” Jesus talked about. But there are some that will seek truth and have eaten the humble pie and admit their life’s work prior to the knowledge of Christ was in vain.

Something we need to understand is that if we consider any other option than the one we claim to believe, we are admitting that we actually don’t believe anything. A faith that teaches any other way other than that faith is a faith that teaches nothing. We as Christians need to grasp this reality. Jesus said he was the ONLY way. The ONLY option. If there was any other way to heaven besides the cross, then Jesus’ death was for nothing and the faith we live is a total lie. We need to understand this because that is precisely what this world wants us to admit. They want us to “coexist” or embrace the idea that “all roads lead to God” or that “God will take you if you are sincere enough.” NO! Those are all lies, and the entire purpose of such a position is to get us to say that Christ’s work on the cross was meaningless. It is a direct attack and affront to the Gospel to suggest any other way besides what God said.

Many people hate Christians because we say there is no other way. When we say, “Jesus is the only way,” we are telling these people that their way does not work and is false. But if we truly understand the Gospel, we will realize that every way MUST be wrong except what God said through the Bible. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We are all in need of a Savior. There are many reasons why Christianity alone stands out from other religions. Just one reason is that every religion requires man to work their way to God or heaven, and Christianity has God coming to man to rescue him. Man’s works are meaningless to God by themselves.

I truly believe I am right. If I did not have that confidence, I would not be here writing this blog post. I have seen many challenges against what I believe and not one challenge has or ever will stand up against the Bible. It is not Charlie Wolcott’s way or the highway. It is Jesus Christ’s way or the highway. I want to stay on His way and I will continue to proclaim his way, even if his way lands me in trouble as it did Paul, Peter, James, John, Stephen, Wycliffe, Tyndale, and countless others who have truly suffered and died for their faith. If you are not on Christ’s way, the highway is wide and popular and heading straight to destruction and hell. Both ways lead to the judgment seat, but only one way survives it. Which way have you chosen?

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