How Many Ways to God Are There?

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Within a fifteen mile radius of my house, there’s a Buddhist temple, a Hindu temple, at least one Catholic cathedral, three or four Masonic lodges, a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and about fifty churches of various denominations. (Yes, I’m serious. I counted.) On a recent road trip, my sisters and I counted thirty-six churches in a fifteen-minute drive. That’s almost forty different churches in thirteen miles![1] I live in a rural area in the South, and even worse, in the Bible Belt, so there are a lot of churches, but I mean, for real!                                                                                          

But ranting about my hometown’s places of worship isn’t my principal reason for writing this article. My main objective is to answer a question. In theory, it should be relatively simple, but in practice, it seems to be a hard one for a lot of people to answer. As you’ve probably gleaned from the title, the question is How many ways to God are there?                                            

As I said, it should be a simple question with a rather straightforward answer. But in this world where postmodern thought (if you can call it thought) reigns and diversity is celebrated, it’s become everything but illegal to even have an answer to a question, much less a concrete one (which makes you wonder why postmodern universities grade papers anymore–but I digress). This only intensifies when matters of religion are brought up, which is why a lot of professing believers choose either to ignore this question or to give the answer that those around them want—basically, that there’s as many ways to God as there are people. Afraid of the consequences if they say otherwise, or brainwashed into postmodernism by the culture, a lot of people just respond with something like “Everyone can shape their own path to heaven.”

But what many fail to realize is that this question is not tricky. In fact, it’s only troublesome if you don’t know what Scripture says, because the Bible is very clear on this. Here are a few passages that spell it out plainly:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

John 14:6 (NASB, emphasis added)

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”                                                               

Matthew 7:13-14 (NASB, emphasis added)

As we say down here in the South, “Purty clear, ain’t it?”               

SDG <><

[1] Many of them were different churches belonging to the same denominations, but the problem of interdenominational disagreement is not part of our current topic (though it is an issue I’ll try to address in a later post).

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