Is Jesus the Only Way to God?
Series: Debated: Answering Hard Questions About Christianity
Pastor Steve Moltumyr

John 14:6; 1 John 4:1-10

  • There are three ways to deal with this most important question:
  1. You can outlaw religion  (such as China and the former Soviet Union).
  2. You can condemn religion through education.
  3. You can keep religion a private matter.
  • What we see so rampant in the world today is what we call postmodernism.  Postmodernism is the belief that everything is relative and there can be no objective reality in the universe.
  • Christianity is not unique in it’s claim to truth.  When it comes to deciphering through all the worldviews, we must sift through three important questions.
  1. Decide which religion is true.
  2. Decide that atheism is true.
  3. Decide that postmodernism is true.
  • When it comes to the first of these options, you need to answer these questions when trying to get to the bottom of whether a religion is true or not:
  1. How did life begin?
  2. What is the meaning of life?
  3. What is the moral code to live by?
  4. What is the primary spiritual need?
  5. How will life end?
  • A postmodernist will usually argue along these lines.
  1. Each person has the right to determine the meaning of what they read.  This means that if I write an email that says, “It’s cold outside,” someone can actually interpret it as, “Steve said it’s warm today!”
  2. Moral and ethical behavior is not a result of any final reality such as God.
  3. All religions are man made and none have a corner on the truth.
  4. “I can create my own faith.  My own generic religion.”  (This “religion” does not confront people with the brokenness of humanity and the need for a Savior.)
  • 1 John 4:1-10.  Jesus has “come in the flesh” (v. 2).  What has Jesus “come” from?  God.  How can Jesus be the only way to God?  He is God.  He was God in the flesh who came to give what no other so-called “deity” ever gave.
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2 thoughts on “Sermon 2: Is Jesus the Only Way to God?

  1. Interesting take on the question. I increasingly encounter something a bit different to what you describe. In my interactions with people, I keep on noticing that postmodernism is recognised to be a busted flush.

    Where I am (Scotland) there is certainly a rising generation of people who are critical of religion, but they’re also critical of militant atheism, and anything materialistically anti-spiritual. They won’t, by and large, still say that all truth is relative, because they recognise that evil things are evil. Often they have come across the absolute truths of birth and death, or have had a strong encounter with injustice, which makes them crave external moral reality. I suppose life itself mitigates against postmodernist rhetoric, and all that has been needed to expose it’s lies is time.

    The people I talk to (young people mainly, as I’m a youthworker) now tend to recognise the arrogance of claiming that all truth claims are power plays, but they can’t get past the extent to which organised religions have caused and do cause terrible problems. Also, they find the boredom and spiritual lethargy of church people incompatible with the notion that the gospel is true. That is, where they don’t see the gospel being lived out, or where they don’t associate Christ’s power with the gospel, they can’t see that church is anything other than an irrelevance. They also have never had direct and convincing experience of God’s power in miracles, so they don’t believe in him. They don’t know what God has done, either, because they think the bible is not worth reading.

    In summary, they remain inherently suspicious of absolute truth claims, but are still haunted by the realisation that there is more to life. They DO realise there is more to life, but don’t find it straightforward to accept the Christian / other religious answers, believing them to be inherently incredible.

  2. I be spying a claim that Jesus be the only way. I also be spying a poor understanding of post-modernism. Historically there be a lot of fuss over whether Jesus was God or not. The Jewish-Christians would say no while the Gentile Christians would say yes. You can even see parts of this debate in Scripture with the letters of Jude and James on one side and Paul and John on the other. Peter is confused. Same with the Gospel, the synoptics tend to focus on the humanity of Jesus while John is focused on the divinity.

    Where me boots hit the sand is in John and the orthodox claim of Jesus being both 100% human and 100% God. How this takes shape be a holy mystery. I also like John as he states Jesus came to save the world not condemn it. Apokatastasis holds that even in the afterlife Jesus be saving people. I don’t think Jesus, at least my Jesus, would lounge around in heaven, he would be where he was while he in his life; in the hell of poverty, sickness, and being outcast.

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