2013-09-24 - Erroneous Beliefs About the Bible and the Christian Faith
Part 2 ~ One-Way Traffic
Most of us who live or work in large cities are used to one-way traffic. It is safer for pedestrians, but can make it challenging to arrive at your destination. Fortunately, things are simpler in the Christian faith! There is only one Way to arrive at our ultimate destination, Heaven. But a Pewforum poll, published in 2004, indicates that we who believe that are in the minority, even among Believers. Eighty percent of all Christians believe there is more than one religious belief system that can provide eternal life. And among mainline Protestants, the number was even higher: 85%.
The good news is that so many people still believe in eternal life; the bad news is that the belief doesn't line up with what the Bible teaches. I can't say whether the people who were polled have read the Bible, and simply don't believe it, or whether they honestly are ignorant (in the literal sense of the word, "without knowledge") of what God's word actually says.
Christ Himself was pretty clear about this:
John 14:6 (NASB) Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Jesus didn't say that he was one of the ways, nor did He say that he was the best way to our Heavenly Father. He used the definite article, "the," which indicates a single way. And in fact, He went even farther, with the incontrovertible words, "No one comes to the Father, but through me (emphasis mine)." There are some flexible/gray areas in life (Romans 15:4-9,Colossians 2 etc.), but in this case, it's black and white. If you believe in Christ and His words, you cannot simultaneously believe that there is more than one path to salvation.
Series to be continued.
Janice P. Moser