This past Sunday we discussed the exclusivity of truth, and the claim that Jesus is the only way to God. Now many in our culture don’t like the term exclusive because we are often as a culture guilty of thinking with our feelings and not with our minds. People love the word tolerance, but then again who wants to be tolerated? On a side note, we must learn to disagree with civility and learn the art of debate again in our society.
Pause for a second in regards to religion and consider any claim regarding truth. We believe that 2 + 2 = 4 is a true statement for evidential reasons, and any other statement that contradicts this statement is false. For instance, any other sum regarding that equation would be false such as the statement that 2 + 2 = 5. The nature of truth is true not only in every other subject of life, but also when it comes to religion as well. World religions do not say the same thing, and to those who believe they do, they are only exposing their ignorance of world religions. They can’t all be true because of the nature of truth. When two subjects make claims that contradict each other, they can’t both be true.
Truth by nature is exclusive regardless of the subject, otherwise, we could never take a true/false test. Truth excludes any statement that is false, and that which is false excludes any statement that is true. So when Jesus makes the statement that ‘no one comes to the Father except through Me”, one, He is making Christianity exclusive, not Christians, and two, He is only being logical to the nature of truth. If the claims of Jesus are true, in other words they correlate with reality regarding the evidence of His claims, then any claim contradicting His claim would be by definition false.
John 14:6 – I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.