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Christians, Moslems, and Jews

by on Jul.28, 2008, under Hope

Recently I was in Spain with the Herald of Truth, the non-profit ministry I work for, meeting with our European field office staff. While there, we were able to visit Toledo, one of the oldest cities in Europe. During the tour, our guide related the history of the Christians, Moslems, and Jews in that region. He commented about how peacefully they would co-exist. We even visited buildings that once were mosques and now are cathedrals.

It got me to thinking how so many news commentators, and even some religious leaders, talk about these three religions worshipping the same God. The implication is that since they worship the same God, they all provide equal entry into the family of God. It is as if these three religions are just different paths to the same God, and we ought to simply choose the path that best fits us.

There is one major problem with that concept: Jesus. Christians cannot subscribe to any theory that allows for multiple avenues to God. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus said the only way to God is through him. The question is not whether we all worship the same God. The question is how we are able to gain access to God.

If you believe Jesus to be simply a good teacher, or an important prophet, you have not heard him clearly. His statement is not confusing, nor is it unclear. He said he was the way to God: not “a way”, or “one way”, but “the way”. If you do not believe Jesus, then drop Christianity from your list of options.

So what do you think? Is Jesus the only way to God? Is that what he meant? If he is not the only way, why did he say that he was? What does that imply about other religions that deny Jesus is the only way to God?

steve

8 comments for this entry:

  1. joan bell

    I quite agree with everything you say. If all the religions lead to God why did Jesus have to die for us. There is only one way to God, which is through Jesus and him only. I know that I am loved by God and I can only say this because I am able to have direct access to the Father through Jesus and what he has done for me by dying on the cross. I know I cannot gain that love from anything I can do, (not by works). Christianity is the only religion that it is the founder that gives us salvation. All others say that you have to be good before God loves you. I know that in myself it is impossible. All I can say is Hallelujah what a Saviour. Thank you Jesus.

  2. Chuck Owen

    Excellent statement. I am reading Answering Islam.. (again – first in 2001) and have come to the view that the Muslim God is not the same God, even. Does not come close. “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is His messenger,” their creed, says that. People need to know such as what you write, which I found on Heartline today. Keep up the good work. Jesus is The Way, The Truth and the Life, and no one comes to God otherwise.

  3. Wesley

    Joan and Chuck,

    Great comments! I am so thankful that each of you knows Christ as Lord and Savior. Steve’s message is so important for us today.

  4. Cheryl

    It is so interesting to me how God works in our lives. I have been doing some very recent research on Islamism, interested in the “differences” in other religious beliefs that seem to know God. Then this morning I get your email which I signed up for a little while back and sometimes do not have time to read all of them…..but I opened this one and it was exactly what I found out from all of my research just yesterday! Thank you for that confirmation. So much of the research I found on Muhammad and Islamism is contradictory. I ordered a book to gain more insight, but I have come to realize that people of any religious background are not ALL at the same place in their faith, and USE portions of written words to benefit their “cause”, without the whole concept of the work, or ignore certain parts and exaggerate others. Jesus was consistent in His message, and I do not believe it can be misconstrued.

  5. Cherise

    Hi,

    I am brand new to this site but I am surprised at how confirming this blog post is for me. I, by accident, have had this subject brought to my attention three times this week.
    After each episode, I was left with the feeling that it is not the differences I was supposed to meditate on, but the similarities as a basis of peace in this world. As long as we all focus on saying you are wrong and I am right, violence and strife will prevail on the Earth.
    I am a true born again Christian. Christ is the best thing that ever happend to me, at the same time, when I am faced with a person of another religion I am at first filled with a need to greet them as a brother/sister (not in Christ but in humanity). I am reminded that it is not my job to condemn anyone to hell or lift them to heaven but to show love unconditionally as Jesus did and does everyday. I pray for their salvation but their salvation is not a stipulation for my love.

    I felt a need to share the spirit in me and I hope and pray I explained it well.

  6. akela

    Hi,
    I am a muslim convert to christ and there is absolutely no comparason to Jesus and Muhammad. In islam no one is sure of eternity- the Quran states that it is up to Allah to send the soul either to heaven or ????. As a muslim, we never spoke of sin- everything was “wrong doing”, good works – may or may not get you to heaven. It is so sad that many christians believe that jews do not need the saviour. This concept of all roads lead to one God is rubbbish. We need to stand for the truth, DO NOT COMPROMISE and the truth is what Jesus said “I am THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIKF, NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME”.
    kEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
    God Bless
    Akela

  7. Cherise

    Yes, Christ says that He is the only way…but he also charges us as Christians to focus on love for the stranger and through love they will come to God not through divisiveness and segregation.

    “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”

    Hebrews 12:14, New International Version

    2 Timothy 2

    “24And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”

  8. Steve

    Good discussion. I am convicted that it is possible to be firm in our beliefs while still being loving to those who disagree with us. Akela’s comments stuck me that we really have something to share because of Jesus: a certain salvation that does not depend on our efforts and merits. That differs radically from both Moslem and Jewish beliefs. We can share that with love and sensitivity.

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