Summary: What separates Christianity from other world religions? The exclusive claims of Jesus Christ.
Jesus the only Way
I talked about TRUTH and relativism a few weeks ago. If you weren’t here for that grab it out of the bookstore, it goes hand in hand with this sermon. We live in a culture where diametrically opposed truths can coexist.
This creeps into churches, into our doctrine and theology and slowly over time, we are faced with a culture that forces everything to not only make human sense but also says no one can be wrong.
I want to get right to the heart of the issue. I would fail you if we started any other way or wasted anymore time so let’s go!
Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning GOD created the heavens and the earth. Moses who authored the book chose to use the Hebrew word Elohim for GOD in this profound opening verse of God’s word. Elohim is a plural form of the word. Moses does this again in 1:26, Let US make man in OUR own image. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Trinity.
From the beginning of the Bible to the very end we see confirmation that God is the Father who rules all things, Jesus is the Son who saves us and The Holy Spirit convinces and convicts those who call themselves Christians.
Jesus spoke the universe into existence. Colossians 1:16. Friends when Jesus Christ speaks, there is NO debating. You have to first realize that and be ok with that, EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIKE WHAT HE SAYS.
He spoke and all things were created. When Jesus speaks, you need to listen.
You know the battle of Armageddon in the book of Revelation? HUGE battle, right? Wrong. One of the worlds largest armies stands ready to make war with Jesus and His angels…guns, tanks, planes, battleships are at the ready…Jesus rides in and breathes AND DESTORYS THEM ALL. That’s it.
When Jesus speaks, you better listen.
This scripture will change everything. Jesus speaks:
Matthew 11:27(a) Jesus says, “No one knows the Son except for the Father and no one knows the Father except for the Son.” PERIOD
Jesus says in the next part of this verse that NO ONE can know God unless Jesus reveals them to His Father!
If you believe the Bible is the Word of God and you believe Jesus is the Son of God then you cannot get around this statement. Period. JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN. PERIOD.
Remember this isn’t me making this up. Lee talked a few weeks ago on the Bible being the inspired and perfect word of God. We’re called to be God’s messengers not his editors.
The world will tell you this very statement makes me a close minded, judgmental, intolerant, hateful bigot but the Bible tells me it doesn’t matter what they call me because JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN whether you like it or not.
So Kyle, where does this leave other world religions? Which of them believes this about Jesus, if any? So you’re telling me EVERYONE in history that isn’t a Christian is going to Hell?
I see the COEXIST stickers on so many cars. Polish designer Poiter Modo-Zen-iak first designed it for a contest at a museum. Since it has morphed and changed a lot but here’s the basic premise:
C – Islam
O – Peace sign
E – Science/Male/Female
X – Judaism
I – Wiccan Pentangle
S – Ying and Yang (Confucianism)
T – Cross and Christianity
The goal is stated that they are trying to show love for all religions and tolerance for their right to worship in whatever way they see fit. I COULDN’T AGREE WITH THIS MORE. You should be able to practice your faith of choice freely and without hatred! I don’t care if you’re Muslim or Hindu or Jewish or Jehovah’s Witness or Mormon or Christian or a Satanist. I sort of thought we were coexisting just fine?
At least in countries where you’re not killed because you’re a Christian.
So what of all these religions? We make the mistake of thinking all religions are fundamentally the same and superficially different. The opposite is true, all religions are fundamentally OPOSSING of one another in what they teach.
Anyone with a brain knows Microsoft and Apple are very different entities. Just because they both exist in the same market doesn’t mean they say the same things. Same with religions. They all say VERY different things and make VERY exclusive claims.
So one is left with no choice but to say they’re either all wrong or only one is right because they all preach something entirely different. SOMEONE HAS TO BE WRONG. You can’t all say something different and all be right. All their paths cannot lead to God. This will label you as intolerant but don’t for a second give in!