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Summary: Not all roads lead to heaven. Jesus is the only way to the Father.

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SERIES: “ANSWERS FOR SOME OF LIFE’S DIFFICULT QUESTIONS”

TEXT: JOHN 14:6

TITLE: “IS JESUS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD?”

INTRODUCTION: A. You’ve probably never heard of Walter Chaplinsky but in 1940, he caused quite a

ruckus in Rochester, New Hampshire. He loudly and publicly denounced organized

religion as being a “racket” and condemned several Christian groups by name. He

was arrested and convicted under a state law that made it a crime to speak “any

offensive, derisive or annoying word to any person who is lawfully in any street or

other public place.” While being placed under arrest, he called the law-enforcement

officer a “Fascist.”

Chaplinsky believed that his free-speech rights were violated and appealed his case

all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1942, the court unanimously upheld his

conviction and said that “fighting words” like the ones he shouted fell outside the

protection of the First Amendment.

B. If you’ve ever watched old Westerns, you’ve probably heard someone say something

like this: “Pardner, them thar’s fightin’ words!”

1. “Fightin’words” arouse a gut-level reaction in people making them ball up their

fists and desire to strike back in retaliation.

2. Jesus’ claim in Jn. 14:6 – “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to

the Father except through me.” are “figthin’ words” to a lot of people.

a. We live in an age where religious pluralism, tolerance, and political correctness

are the by-words of the day.

--Many people consider the statement “Jesus is the only way to God” as being

arrogant, narrow-minded, and bigoted.

b. In our age, no fact is considered universally true at all times, at all places for

all people, and in all cultures.

--66% of all Americans now deny there’s any such thing as absolute truth

3. Charles Templeton: “Christians are a small minority in the world. Approximately

four out of every five people on the face of the earth believe in gods other than the

Christian God. The more than five billion people who live on earth revere or

worship more than three hundred gods. If one includes the animist or tribal

religions, the number rises to more than three thousand. Are we to believe that only

Christians are right?”

C. While those of us gathered here for worship this morning have no problems with

seeing Jesus as the only way to God, there are many more who live around us who do

1. One of our reasons for our existence is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with

those around us

--We need to know their mindset and their operating philosophies if we’re going to

be effective in doing that

2. Jesus many times effectively answered a question with a question.

--this morning, I’m going to ask and answer several basic underlying questions to

the main question: Is Jesus the only way to God?

I. ISN’T IT ARROGANT TO CLAIM THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY?

A. It’s important to understand that Christianity is not the only belief system that claims exclusivity

1. Muslims radically claim exclusivity

a. They believe that the sole, sufficient, and consummate miracle of Islam is the Koran.


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