Several years ago I was listening to a conversation between a young woman and an older man. They were talking about religion. I don’t recall what was said exactly, but I do remember the young lady said this—“There couldn’t possibly be only one way to God. If that were the case, God would not be fair.”
That’s the general outcry against Christianity’s teaching about the exclusivity of Jesus Christ. Or, to put it in other terms, the Bible teaches that salvation from sin and God’s judgment, and access into the Kingdom Heaven, comes only through faith in Jesus Christ, and the world does not like it. But let’s just be honest, what matters is not what we like, or what we think is fair. The truth is what matters. If the Word of God teaches that Jesus Christ is the only way man can be saved and go to Heaven then we must come to terms with that reality. So then, the question is not, “is the teaching fair?” but, “is this what the Bible actually communicates?” And the answer is yes! Here is a quick snapshot at the evidence.
Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (Jn.14:6). According to Jesus there is only one way. Paul told Timothy, “There is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5). A mediator is a reconciling bridge between two parties. The two separated parties are God and man. Jesus is the only reconciling bridge. The early church preached this message too. To Jews Peter proclaimed, “Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you…and there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:11-12). We could go on and on, but this is enough proof to say, “Yes!” The Bible teaches that salvation only comes through Jesus Christ.
But this still doesn’t answer the question of fairness does it? Many will still object. It doesn’t matter what the Bible teaches. The issue isn’t Scripture. It is fairness. So let’s think about that for a moment.
First of all, no man shall charge God with injustice or unfairness. God “does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?” (Dan. 4:35). So if God did decide to provide only one way of salvation then He is completely entitled to do so. He is God! We are not!
Secondly, mankind is fortunate that God chose to provide any way of salvation. Again, He would have been completely just if He let us perish in our sin. If we say that God must provide salvation (whether it is one way or many ways) then we are saying God owes us something. But, the very fact that we need salvation should tell us that God owes us nothing. We sinned. He did not. We are rebels. He is completely holy. God doesn’t owe man anything except His perfect justice. Salvation, therefore, in and through Christ, is a gracious act of God. You’re right when you say, “it isn’t fair.” It’s not fair. It’s grace! If we received what was fair we would receive condemnation, not salvation.
Thirdly, there is no other way possible for man to be saved other than through the life, death, and resurrection of the sinless God-Man, Jesus Christ. He alone lived the perfect life God requires of us, and He alone was the perfect sacrifice for sinners when He died on the cross. Christ is the only way of salvation because He is the only one who could conquer sin. We have a sin problem people! And someone has to pay. We have sinned against God, and that’s bad news for us. If we stand before God on our own merit, He can only be fair with us; which means we are doomed. But, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son (the only Savior of sinners) that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn.3:16).
Friends, is there only one way? Yes. It is Jesus Christ. Praise God for His provision to save His people. If you are a Christian tell the people around you about the Savior God has sent to our world. If you are not a Christian, let me urge you to trust Jesus Christ. God will provide no other way.