John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
About 1963, my dad sent me out on a plumbing job to install the drain lines in a new build. He had a friend that needed to work so the friend went along to help. He had worked extensively as a carpenter but little or none as a plumber.
We began by laying out the job; sawing and drilling holes in the floor for the drain lines and incoming water lines. All was well and good until we began laying out the drainage pipe for under the house.
He had one idea that I knew for sure would not work. The idea would require much more pipe and fittings and would have led to a stopped up system soon after it went in use. I tried explaining to him why it needed to be done a certain way.
Probably because I was just a “dumb 16 year old kid,” he threw a fit and walked off the job, which suited me just fine. By the end of the day, I had the system installed and went back to the store. My dad lit into me like a freight train. “Why did you fire John?” he asked. “I didn’t fire him; he walked off. There’s a difference.”
This was when ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plastic pipe was first used and installation was quick and much simpler than the cast iron we had previously used. I tried explaining to my dad what had happened but he had already heard John’s side of the story so my side didn’t matter.
We have found in mission work, if we can talk to an unchurched person before other religions influence them, they, in many cases, embrace Christianity. If one of the non-Christian religions has influenced their beliefs, the gospel of our Lord Jesus usually finds a deaf ear.
The first influence is usually the lasting one in that human nature tends to resist change and truth. One reason I use Bible science and prophesy so much in sermons is because it offers compelling evidence of the validity of the Bible.
Not long ago, an acquaintance asked to borrow one of my chain saws. I cleaned it up, sharpened the chain, fueled it, cleaned the air filter, and it was ready for him to pull the starter rope.
Several weeks later, he called and asked, “How is the best way to clean up a chain saw?” They tend to get really dirty because the chain oil and saw dust tend to blend really well and become a gummy mess.
I told him, “I use a pressure washer.” He was somewhat taken aback by my somewhat unorthodox method. “You can’t be serious,” was his response.
“Yep, very serious, I simply remove the sprocket cover, the bar and chain and wash it out with the pressure washer.”
Rather than take a chance on him removing the air filter cover and pressuring washing out the carburetor, I told him, “Don’t worry about it, I’ll clean it up when you bring it home.” Needless to say, he was happy with that and returned it uncleaned.
Different people have different techniques and have different ideas. When I began my first carpentry job, one of the older guys on the job told me, “We may build a house differently. That doesn’t mean one is right and the other is wrong, just different.”
The house we were building at the time was in a small western Kentucky town and he used an example. “If you and I were going to leave here and go to Chicago, you may take one road and I’d take another, but, we would both get there.”
While these examples of plumbing, chain saws and road routes may be true, the concept of attaining eternal life most certainly does not fit into that category. There are many people teaching eternal life and there are many roads to Heaven. Matthew 24: 11, “Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”
I must point out here, the last three years I’ve written nearly three-hundred articles consisting of well over three-hundred thousand words. The simple fact is (and yes, I regard it as fact, not opinion), what I say or write is not important. What is really important is what God says in the Bible.
The Bible very clearly states in many verses, the only way to eternal life (in Heaven with God) is by having a faith based belief in Christ Jesus, crucified and resurrected. The Bible also teaches this belief is accompanied by a relationship with Christ in that we are followers of His teachings, ways and mandates.
Colossians 2: 9-10, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.” A connection exists between Christ and the believer that is special beyond our normal human understanding.
To say the only path to Heaven is Jesus, in today’s permissive society, seems a little narrow-minded and politically incorrect. In such a case, we must consider the alternatives. Romans 6: 23 “The wage of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus.”
Whatever one interprets “The wage of sin is death,” to mean, it most certainly means eternal separation from the Creator. Do you want that? Neither do I!
I have had the opportunity to speak in homeless missions, prisons, once on a cruise boat and numerous other places. All I have ever asked anyone is to consider the evidence. Weigh the compelling evidence for the Lord Jesus and make a decision based on the best and most reasonable information.
The Holy Bible is the only book that has accurately predicted the future. Not only in a few cases but one-hundred% of the time, the Bible has proven itself from within itself (in the minds of many), to be the only true word of our Creator God. There can only be one creator and the God of the Bible proves Himself to be that.
God has told us of scientific facts such as photosynthesis, geology and astronomy that only He could have known three thousand years ago. Don’t take my word for it; read the Bible.
While we live in a physical world where people have different ways of doing things and have different philosophies, God’s word is eternal; it never changes. Text books must be revised periodically, but not the Bible. When He tells me Christ Jesus is the only way to Heaven, I believe it. Acts 4: 12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Install your plumbing, clean your chain saw or take whichever road to Chicago you prefer. But, plan your trip into eternity by God’s plan. Christ Jesus crucified for the remission of sin and resurrected.