How Can You Say There is Only One Way to God?

Pastor Dan Borgelt
Kirkmont Church, Beavercreek, Ohio

This is a link to the 40-minute message from which notes below were taken. IT IS SUPERB.

(message starts at [06:46]:
https://tinyurl.com/54f3736m

It was given at Kirkmont Church in Beavercreek). Without question, in my experience, Pastor Dan is the most succinctly articulate, no BS teacher under whom I’ve ever sat.

How Can You Say There Is Only One Way to God?
Sermon link
 (message starts at [06:46]:
https://tinyurl.com/54f3736m

In John 14:1-14 Jesus answers this question:
Is Jesus really the only way to heaven?

He also answers these Objections:

Objection #1 If there is only one way to heaven isn’t it depressing to think about how few people will get in?

Objection #2What about those who don’t hear about Jesus?
Sadly, many people believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven yet refuse to tell people about Jesus.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” 

In John 14:6 Jesus is intentionally repeating the definite article in this passage. He did not say, “I am A way”,
He said, “I am THE way, THE truth, and THE life.”

“I am THE way, and
No one comes to the Father except through me.”

THE life, and
No one comes to the Father except through me.”
(three times)

This incredibly bold and clear statement of exclusivity from Jesus as far as the only way to get to heaven that it forces our hand  in one of two directions:
1. We either have to sign up for this and say. “YES, I BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN… 
or,
2. We have to reject Him as one of the ways altogether as well.

Think about it. It’s logically inconsistent to embrace the idea that Jesus is one of the ways to heaven.

Because if Jesus was wrong about this, that He’s not actually the only way to heaven, then, at the very least Jesus is naïve and uninformed about religious matters and how to get to heaven.

And is that the person you’re going to believe in, in order for your way of getting to heaven?

If He’s wrong about being the only way to get to heaven. then maybe He’s not naïve. maybe he’s intentionally being deceptive and lying,

And would you still believe in him as one of the ways to get to heaven
If so, are we going to believe in Him as one of the ways to get to heaven?

Objection #3 – Maybe Christianity is just one of the ways.

This is often tempting to embrace this thought process. It’s much easier to get along with others if we think of our Christian faith as something that’s good for me and not something that they need also.

But our Jesus says, “I am THE way, THE truth, and THE life,
and
no one comes to the Father except through me.”

And again, if Jesus is wrong about that then why would we continue to trust Him as our way? If so, he’s either lying or at least naïve.

“Religious Pluralism” – the belief that we’ll all get to heaven; we can all believe what we want to believe.

A faithful Jewish or Muslim or Buddhist person would not think that a Christian is going to heaven.

Of all the major religions, only Hinduism is able to accept Christianity and not be exclusive toward other religions.

Pastor Dan used a hiking analogy in the Rockies.
Absurd to think that they ALL must be right and lead to civilization (lead to God).

What makes Christianity a unique religion is because what Jesus is saying here. 
Jesus is saying, ‘Not only am I telling you how to get to heaven, to God… but I’m doing so  because:
1. Am God, and
2. I came from heaven.

I’m not just a man or woman amongst men or women.. claiming to be a voice on God’s behalf telling others how to get to God/heaven.

No, He’s saying, I am God, I have come from heaven, and therefore  that’s why you should listen to me when I say “I way, truth, life… no one…”
This is what makes the Christian Gospel unique from all other religions… that we have in Jesus Christ, not just a person who’s another mere person trying to tell people how to get to God…
we have a God who came and rescued us and show us the way to heaven.  He came from heaven and He is God in the flesh himself.

Back to hiking illustration.. now someone comes down a new path carrying water and food and you would not that’s the path you want to take.
(again) IS JESUS REALLY THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN?

Objection #4. How can anyone know how to get to heaven if none of us have ever been there? (a good question to ask our friends).

John 14:11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.
 
Back to Hiking Analogy one more time…  a man approaches you and he makes living water out of nothing and you drink it.And then he sees that you’re hungry, and in the midst of seeing that you’re hungry, you discover that He is the BREAD OF LIFE, and he feeds you from almost nothing.

And now you realize that this person is someone you want to follow.

John 14:11-14  12 “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

How Can You Say There Is Only One Way to God?
Sermon link
 (message starts at [06:46]:
https://tinyurl.com/54f3736m

THE END

3 thoughts on “How Can You Say There is Only One Way to God?”

  1. Like many, I know almost nothing. Maybe nothing. But if He’s the only way, and I believe this is true, then for us, we should follow, because He is the way to truth and happiness. As far as others, we understand the best we can, but the truth is true.

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    1. Thanks for your feedback. I just added a link to the message from which notes were taken. I’ll also add it here. I strongly suggest you view it because it’s not only easy to listen to and understand, it’s irrefutable.

      How Can You Say There Is Only One Way to God?
      Sermon link
       (message starts at [06:46]:
      https://tinyurl.com/54f3736m

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