Thursday, March 13, 2008

I am the WAY!

Jesus said: "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes unto the Father but by me." What does this mean for all those who do not follow or believe in Christ as Lord and Savior? Is it impossible for them to "know" God or "come" to God? Is there salvation for those who do not practice Christianity? Is there a place in the heart of God - who created all things and all people - for those who practice Judaism, Islam, Hinduism etc? Is there only ONE way, one path that leads to both Abundant and Eternal life? Is God "big" enough and "loving" enough to welcome all into His kingdom or are Christians the "Chosen Ones?"

3 comments:

e.a.glick_er said...

We need to be tolerant and respectful of all faith traditions within our democratic society. We should not seek to demean others to build up our own Christian faith. The Constitution guarantees freedom of religion. At the same time, Jesus calls us to make disciples of all nations. We cannot ignore our duty to share the Good News of Jesus' death and resurrection with others in appropriate contexts. Our nation is founded on trust in the living God and our community is built on a common set of moral and legal principles worth preserving. We can celebrate our faith in this blessed country which allows us the right to worship. This is not the case for Christians everywhere. "On Christ the solid Rock we stand, all other ground is sinking sand!" Let us be ever grateful for the Lord's promises.

e.a.glick_er said...

Jesus said: "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes unto the Father but by me." We love the Lord because He first loved us by sending his Son into the world. We show his love to other people by how we speak and treat them. Certainly, there are many faith traditions around the world. We know ours and stand by it, while respecting the right of others to disagree. They were raised by different families in various cultures. "They will know we are Christians by our love!"

timaki said...

In the last book of C. S. Lewis' Narnia series, The Last Battle, there is an interesting scene near the end of the story. All of the various worlds are coming to an end, and Aslan/Jesus is in front of the path leading to heaven. Some people who see him despise him, whether they worshipped him in life or not, and are so disgusted that they turn away from heaven. Others are glad to see him, saying, "Oh, it was you all along," even if they didn't know his name in life. These people pass on to heaven.