Great Questions

Last night a great friend had a great question. He is wrestling with God on a few areas and in particular, salvation. Why would God save a few to send so many to hell? Why is Jesus the only way? GREAT questions.

From one angle you could interpret the Bible to be exclusive. Christians touting that they have the only way to God could come across as pious and self righteous. You might say, “Why did God reveal Himself through only one person?” “Could He have not come to many different people groups in different ways?”

These are great questions, but let’s try another perspective. Like looking at a mosaic, often we need to stand back in order to gain a better perspective and see the big picture.

> God made it simple.

Jesus being the way to God was not intended to be ‘exclusive’, it was intended to be simple. Not everyone is intelligent! In fact, most aren’t. So in order to reach even the simple minded God made the message clear enough for even a child to understand.

> Why not every path then? That would be simple.

If every path led to God then men could just create a new one. And if man could create their own path to God then salvation would not be needed in the first place. The reason Jesus had to come here was because we could not reach God.

The message of the Gospel is just that. God did what we could not do, He came to us when we were dead and lost and He saved us.

> Why so many religions?

Satan is in the business of creating alternative methods of reaching God.

How do you throw people off from a simple solution? Convolute the message and create many options. If there is one door to open, create many other doors so they don’t know which one to choose. Satan detours many through false doors which lead to a dead end. A typical test of a false door is this:

A false door will tell you that you can reach God by doing good things. The Bible will tell you that no amount of good works will correct the issue, in order to reach God He had to come to us.

He did this through Jesus.

It is GOOD to ask questions but often we over think things. Only part of  processing God’s revelation is through the mind. Information is processed through the brain but God enters through your heart… after all, that what He is trying to change! The truth must be allowed to enter your heart.

The Bible says you will not understand everything fully yet, it takes faith. Besides, if we could understand all of it then we would be God, and we are not. It takes faith and it is faith in Jesus that saves you.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

Where is your faith? We all have faith but we all choose to place it different things. Government, education, religion, ourselves. The Bible says that it takes faith in Jesus Christ to restore a relationship with God and receive salvation. Meaning, saved from this mess we created.

There are many doors, but only one leads home.

Jesus said this to show you the way…

Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6

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