Q. - Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to God?
It is written in the Scriptures that He is the Savior of ALL people, especially those who believe: This is why we've thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We're banking on the living God, SAVIOR OF ALL MEN AND WOMEN, ESPECIALLY BELIEVERS.
(1 Timothy 4:10 – The Message)
The main purpose of the ministry is to declare the evangel, or the good news, that the Lamb of God has taken away the sin of the whole world. He has saved everyone, but not everyone knows or believes it yet (and there is definitely an advantage to being one of the ones who “especially believes”…it’s the way into the Kingdom!). But in the same way that the Prodigal Son was always a son, even though he was lost and living in a pig sty, all of humanity is in the family of God (Ephesians 3:14, 15), but most of them are lost and living in their own “pig sties” of religion, unbelief, deception or bondage to sin. They’re just away from home (“All we like sheep have gone astray…”) and need to hear the Word of Reconciliation so that they can come to themselves, as did the Prodigal Son, and then come back to the Father of us all.
That’s why in John 14:6 we hear Jesus say so confidently “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and NO ONE comes to the Father except by Me!” He had already declared in Chapter 12 that if He was lifted up from the earth on the cross, that He would draw (literally the Greek uses the word “drag”) ALL people to Himself. The work that Jesus did on that cross for all of us is universal, unparalleled and unrivaled…the cross is the nexus (the thing that brings everything together) of the universe!
I don’t believe that Jesus Christ is competitive with or hostile and antagonistic to Buddha, Mohammed, Moses, Confucius, and others of that group (“They that are not against us are for us…”), because His atoning sacrifice and resurrection sets Him above and apart from every other sage, prophet, messiah, or spiritual/religious leader in history. All of the others were great seers and teachers, and should be honored for their contribution to world, but Jesus Christ alone is the Savior of the world. In a word, Jesus Christ is Lord.
But even though I believe that Jesus is ultimately the one way to God, I do not believe that all the Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Hare Krishnas, agnostics and atheists, etc. are all going to eventually walk down the aisle of a Christian church and pray the sinner’s prayer and confess Romans 10:9 and 10…nor do I believe that they are damned and going to a place called hell if they don’t. Let me explain. Quite simply, Jesus of Nazareth perfectly embodied and manifested what we call “the Christ”, and it’s Christ that is actually the way to God. Jesus was and is the Christ, but the Christ was here before Jesus was born in Bethlehem. According to Paul, centuries before Jesus’ Incarnation, even Israel in the wilderness was “in Christ” : For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, AND THAT ROCK WAS CHRIST. (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 – TNIV)
And the writer of Hebrews said that Moses, while growing up in polytheistic Egypt, definitely knew “Christ”, even though he would have no way of knowing who Jesus was: By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace FOR THE SAKE OF CHRIST as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. (Hebrews 11:24-26 – TNIV)
That’s why I always say There are those who know His name, but don’t know Him, as there are those who know Him, even though they don’t know His name. There is definitely one way to God and that is Christ…and flesh and blood cannot reveal Christ to us…one way to God/many ways to Christ…and Jesus is the Christ, but it is Christ, not Christianity that is the way, the truth and the life. Undoubtedly, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Way!