Jesus is respected and revered by people of various faiths around the world. Many would agree that He is a way to God for some people. But is Jesus the only way to God for all people?
Bible-believing Christians do believe Jesus is the only way to God. We hold this conviction even though we know it goes against the strong current of religious pluralism in Canada. We hold this view, though we have genuine respect for friends from other faiths and religious traditions.
Why do we hold a view that some would see as intolerant or outdated? Only for one reason: Jesus Himself claimed to be the only way to God. In John 14:6 we read, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” The apostle Peter echoed this claim in Acts 4:12: “Salvation is found in one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” These statements lead us to believe that only through trusting in Jesus as Saviour can we come into a personal, saving relationship with God.
The belief that Jesus is the only way to God would be unbelievable if He hadn’t done the impossible; His miracles and resurrection from the dead give credibility to His claim.
As followers of Jesus, we seek to follow His example and show love and respect for all people. And as believers in Jesus, we also seek to believe His words—even His claim to be the only way to God.