Wow, that title right there will get a lot of people hot under the collar. How dare you say that Christianity is the only way to God. You have probably heard it said on more than one occasion that “all paths lead to God” People will call you arrogant for making such a claim that there is only one way. So why do we proclaim it confidently? I want to set out some of the reasons below, in the hope that you will have confidence in your own beliefs but also to counteract false claims.
One of the simplest reasons for disagreeing with the statement that all paths lead to God is because all faiths and religions to a smaller or a greater degree contradict each other. Going back to logic; If ‘Truth’ is true (and there can only be one truth), it must be that ‘non-truth’ is false. For example, some religions have many gods and some are insistent that there is only one God, some believe in reincarnation and others believe in an afterlife away from the body, they can’t both be right. Some religions have similarities but they all disagree on one point or another. The bible states that God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33) and if he did allow all these different beliefs it would indeed be confusing. It is reasonable to believe then that there is an absolute spiritual truth and that some religious claims must be false.
This way of thinking goes against a ‘post modern’ thought pattern, which believes you can pick whatever you like as long as it is true for you. In the post modern world you cannot tell somebody that they are wrong no matter how crazy their belief system is.
So why is Christianity true amongst all these other false beliefs? There are reasons why we can be confident of the truth of the Christian gospel.
Firstly, there are the amazing prophecies contained in the bible. Other religions have prophecies in them but they are way behind the bible in its level of accuracy. The Old Testament prophesied many hundreds of years before Jesus numerous accurate descriptions about Him, about His character and what He would do. Things such as the fact he would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), he would be betrayed by a close friend (Psalm 41:9) He would be crucified (Psalm 22) and his side would be pierced (Zechariah 12:10) and many more. This is clear evidence of divine influence upon the Bible.
Another reason to suppose that Christianity is true is because of its central character, Jesus Christ. Jesus has shaped history more than any other person and many throughout history have tried to deny he even existed or at the very least deny His claims and His miracles and His incredible teachings. He wasn’t just a great spiritual leader though, it was His claims that set Him apart. He claimed to be God incarnate, but unlike many before and since who have claimed to be God, Jesus actually backed up His claims. He did this by performing many staggering works which are recorded in the gospels. Things like; Turning water into wine (John 2:6-10), Casting out demons (Matthew 8:32), healing diseases (Luke 6:17-19), feeding a multitude (Matthew 14:15-21), walking on water (Matthew 14:25-27) and raising a man who had been dead for 4 days (John 11)
These accounts have been carefully transmitted to us by many reliable witnesses.
One of the central miracles of Christianity though is the death and subsequent resurrection of Jesus. We looked at this in detail recently at Easter time. The death and resurrection is so important though because without it Christianity itself would crumble (1 Corinthians 15:14).
It was the resurrection which changed the lives of His disciples and followers forever. Prior to the resurrection they were cowering in fear, afterwards and with the power of the Holy Spirit given to them by the ascended Christ, they turned the world upside down.
No other religious leader has died in full view of trained executioners, had a guarded tomb, and then risen three days later to appear to hundreds of people. This resurrection is proof of every claim that Jesus made about himself, especially His divinity.
Buddha did not rise from the dead, neither did Muhammad, Confucius, Krishna or any other religious leader. Why would you want to follow a lesser leader?
We’ll conclude with what Jesus actually said about himself, which leaves no doubt as to what he thought about other ways to God;
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)