We live in a relativistic culture where “truth” exists on a sliding scale. Few people will argue against the idea that 2 + 2 = 4, or that the moon orbits the earth (although even these ideas are challenged by some). But in issues of morality, or faith, or justice, or fairness little consensus will be found on what, exactly, is truth. Lots of folks will claim to make statements that, they say, are true, and most get a pass…unless that truth is inspired by religious faith, especially Christianity.
Jesus Christ made many truth claims, with His most famous and foundational being…
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6, ESV
This is not simply some quaint and flowery utterance out of the mouth of an eccentric sage. Jesus was driving a stake in the ground. He was planting a flag of conquest in the soil of the earth. Jesus was making a claim that, when truly adopted by His followers, brings a sword instead of peace (Matthew 10:34). If you are a follower of Jesus, you have got to take Him at His word. Christianity is the only true faith. All other religions are false.
I made this statement “Christianity is the only true faith” in a Facebook post the other day. It provoked the anger of some readers. One called me a “rear end” (but he used a different 3 letter word), and he said I would “most likely do anything his church tells him to do.” Then he went off on a diatribe about preachers who demand money from their followers and priests who molest little children.
Another woman said “I find it extremely arrogant to believe that your religion, and yours alone, is the only RIGHT one. There have been THOUSANDS of religions and gods across time. And each group of followers thought for sure their god was the ‘right’ one.”
Jesus’ truth statement above finds a parallel in the Old Testament. The book of Proverbs, after laying a foundation about the purpose of the book, opens with this truth claim:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7, ESV
“…the beginning of knowledge.” In other words you really don’t know anything of eternal value unless it is based on the foundation of a reverence for God. Have you come to this place in your faith? Can you say with conviction that Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life, even if it offends others? This is the question that divides cultures and will, someday, shake the world. And let me assure you, if you died today, the question of Jesus’ lordship in your life will be the one that determines your eternal fate.