The kids and I have been reading about world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islamic, etc.) through our historical studies lately. I’m amazed how ignorant we (as Christians) often are about other religions. I knew the worldviews and ideologies when I took Biblical Theology and Ethics in college, but have neglected much of what I learned because so few other religions compete for Christianity here in the Bible belt.
But the culture now scoffs at that which it used to accept–if not embrace. A few decades later, we find our society rejecting morality, absolute truth, and even the existence of God. We find those who claim to be believers saying things like, “Well, what can we really know anyway?” Truly? We’ve been given a text of God’s Words–66 books in total–of principles, truths, and the character of the Father that we can know. But sadly, we’ve adopted the cultural trend of conversation. In error, we’ve replacing questions, not with answers, but with more questions that lead no where definitive.
Good news is this: you can know the truth and your eternal existence can be settled.
Some Christians embrace the illogical mentality that many roads lead to heaven. As Walter Martin notes in his seminal work The Kingdom of Cults, “Truth by definition is exclusive. If truth were all-inclusive, nothing would be false.” Ironically, most all religions claim to have the corner on “the only way”, even if salvation and heaven aren’t a guaranteed product.
So, how do we know Jesus is the Only Way? Simple put, He said He was: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 emphasis mine). And He called himself the only gate to salvation: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14).
Perhaps you argue, “That’s circular reasoning. I don’t believe in the Bible as the absolute source of truth.”
Okay, let’s start somewhere else then.
Aside from the Scriptural points that attest to it Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, we find other historical sources testifying to the life of Jesus.
Logic–not only faith–should make anyone stop and contemplate Christ. Read Lee Strobel’s book (or watch the movie about him), The Case for Christ. An atheist out to prove the fallacy of Christ as Messiah, Strobel took his journalistic, fact-finding principles to the life of Christ. For as it was said, if the resurrection can be disproved, his whole life and ministry (and Christianity itself) is a house of cards. How hard could it be? He had no idea. For more info and videos, go here.
Over 35 people authored the Bible, which spanned hundreds of years.
“The Old Testament, written hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, contains over 300 prophecies that Jesus fulfilled through His life, death and resurrection.
Mathematically speaking, the odds of anyone fulfilling this amount of prophecy are staggering. Mathematicians put it this way:
1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000 1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power 1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: Only Jesus!” (
And most importantly, He rose again.
He didn’t faint (swoon theory is impossible with what He endured under the Roman crucifixion).
Historical references (Roman and otherwise pagan) attest to Jesus’ death.
Over 500 people, and His disciples, saw Him in a 40-day period before His ascension up to Heaven. The plausibility of hypnosis over that vast number of witnesses is nearly impossible. Multiple people saw His wounds, heard His words, and touched His body.
He said He was God. Some argue that Jesus was just a good teacher, but he couldn’t be a good teacher if He was lying about the fundamental core of who He claimed to be (John 10:30, John 17:21, John 1:18, Col. 2:9-10, I Tim. 2:5)
If He was lying, His whole character would have been thrown into question. Did He lie in any other situation? Was He a self-seeking, immoral character? What would motivate a lie? Why did He come? Was He really God? And if so, why did he die?
If He was a lunatic, He’d show himself mad in all situations. But, he didn’t exhibit the nature of a mental illness. He was logical, loving, and above all, He proved Himself as Lord.
If you read/watch nothing else today, take time to watch this video> Ravi Zacharias