Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Only Way to God

How do we get to heaven? Is there only one way?

Americans don't like the concept of absolute truth. Most refuse to believe in it, relying rather on situational ethics or contortionistic thinking to avoid uncomfortable truth. The Bible can offend those who aren't interested in deciding on all-or-nothing propositions. Here is one:

"Jesus said to [Thomas], 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" (John 14.6 ESV)

A plain reading doesn't give us any wriggle room, does it? But people will try because they don't want to read it the way Jesus said it.

In his Commentary Adam Clarke gives us guidance on the latter part of the verse:

"No man cometh unto the Father — By any other doctrine, by any other merit, or by any other intercession than mine."

Notice Clarke's conclusion:

1. No other teaching leads to the Father.
2. No other merit but Christ's merit leads to the Father.
3. No other intercession but the Messianic High Priest's intercession leads to the Father.

This means that any other alleged way to God--any other way than Christianity--is wrong.

Some Christ professors believe that non-Christians may get to heaven without knowing the doctrine that saved them or the Messiah who died for them. Some actually believe that people can be saved unconsciously by Christ Jesus.

This, to me, flies in the face of the plain assertion of Christ. When it comes to heaven I want blunt statements that bluntly tell me how to get there.

Jesus remains many things and one of them is blunt.