DO ALL RELIGIONS LEAD TO GOD?
I recall a conversation with a young couple who told me that they liked our church, but also believed that all roads lead to God. What’s up with that?
Scot McKnight is a professor of New Testament in Chicago and I had a chance to study under him in grad school. McKnight is a perceptive cultural observer, gifted scholar, prolific writer and blogger. In a blog a few years back, he noted that the most pressing issues facing the church in America is religious pluralism and universalism of our young people. Namely, the growing number of teens and young adults (in the church) who no longer believe Jesus is “the only path to eternal life.” Rob Bell’s mega bestseller from a few years ago, Love Wins, also advocated for universalism. After publishing the book, Bell resigned from his church, moved to California, and no longer attends church. He says he surfs now instead.
McKnight cites a recent survey of 845 evangelical teenagers who are “professing” Christians: only 39% believed Jesus is only way to God; 49% were unsure; and 13% think Jesus is not only way.
As much as our culture may reject the idea of Jesus as the only way, Jesus Himself did not. He was emphatically states in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Whatever you may think of Jesus’ words, they are undeniably clear. Jesus claimed to be the only path to eternal life. This is true for all nations, for all cultures and for all ages.
Before we reject His claims, we would do well to consider them seriously. Our eternal destiny hangs in the balance. Jesus said in John 8:24 these sobering words, “I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am He, you will indeed die in your sins.” Clearly beliefs have consequences…at least according to Jesus they do.