Christ’s Claim

Christianity is exclusive, possibly one of the hardest concepts to accept in our egalitarian, pluralistic society. We tend to believe that our religious rights concerning policies and practices, as in our democratic republic, are subject to our determinations, a product of the majority vote. Such is not the case with Christianity, because Jesus has all authority (Matthew 28:18). In fact, a foundational claim made by Christ is ever so plain but difficult for many to accept. He said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Now, what does that mean?

If you believe that Jesus was neither a liar (intentionally deceptive) nor a lunatic (prone to make assertions He believed but that were, indeed, not true), then He must be Lord. The reasoned result of such a statement means that our religious friends of alternate faiths that do not accept Jesus at His word (and the list is endless) are friends that are lost (i.e., not saved, not going to Heaven as the Bible describes it) because these misguided, ignorant or rebellious souls do not believe that Jesus is God incarnate. This biblical fact is just too much for some people to accept.

Now, you can see why many faithless so-called “Christians” would prefer compromise. It is not an easy position to take; it contradicts the politically correct view of the current culture. However, the fact remains: they are lost if you truly believe what Jesus said. That sad state of affairs is why there is a great urgency to proclaim the Gospel, which gives life to all who obey it (Romans 6:17).

This does not give a Christian the right to abuse or persecute anyone who disagrees with this fact since Jesus’ Kingdom “is not of this world” (John 18:36). However, it does not justify the cowardice of compromising truth. One believes the truth of Christ’s claim or one does not; there is no middle ground (Luke 11:23).

Forced conversion is a farce and a Christian will respect a person’s right to disagree. Nevertheless, a Christian will not barter truth for political correctness. Popular or unpopular, Jesus is the only way, truth and life.

JDS