hard convo ahead

What is a biblical theology of other religions?

If you are like me, in hearing that question, defensiveness is automatic. Yet I begin to squirm. But what matters is not opinion or feelings or a warped definition of “fair;” it is what God has revealed in His word.

Jesus said that He alone was the way to the Father – “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6) Jesus also indicated that few would find the way to Him –  “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it,” (Matt. 7:13-14) and “For many are called, but few are chosen,” (Matt. 22:14). According to Scripture, Jesus alone reveals the Father (Matt. 11:27; Luke 10:22).

I believe Jesus: Christianity is the one true religion.

Jesus, who claimed to be God (John 8:58; Exodus 3:14), who others claimed was God (Luke 1:2, 2 Peter 1:16, John 1:1), who never sinned (Hebrews 4:15) but forgave sins (Mark 2:5; Luke 5:20), changed water into wine (John 2:6-10), cast out demons (Matt. 8:28-32; 15:22-28), healed the paralytic (Mark 2:3-12), raised the dead (Matt. 9:25; John 11:43-44), restored sight to the blind (Matt. 9:27-30; John 9:1-7), fed thousands (Matt. 14:15-21; Matt. 15:32-38), walked on water (Matt. 8:26-27), calmed a storm with his word (Matt. 8:22-27; Mark 4:39), rose from the dead (Luke 24:39; John 20:27), appeared to many after his resurrection (John 20:19, Acts 1:3), and now sits at the right hand of God the Father (Mark 16:19, Luke 22:69, Acts 2:33).

{It would be pretty difficult to argue that this guy wasn’t telling the truth.}

If Jesus really is God, and He is the only way to the Father, then all other religions (Universalism, Buddhism, Islam, Mormonism, Baha’i, Hinduism, Taoism, Gnosticism, Atheism et al) are all false religions.

It’s unfortunate news for other religions, but it’s also truthful news that perhaps will set a man free.


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