Specific Text - John 14:1-7
You've probably heard it before... Hindus, Mormons, Jews, Muslims and Christians all desire the same God but just have different ways of getting to Him/Her/It. Who are we to say that one way is better than another way. Religion, after all, is a deeply personal experience, so if a particular religious practice or activity makes you feel warm and fuzzy, you should keep doing it.
Add to these 'open minded' views the prevailing understanding that your eternal destiny is decided using a method like the old fashioned balance scale. Your good deeds are counted up and stacked on one side, and your not so good deeds are piled up on the other side, and whichever outweighs the other determines whether you go up or down.
Jesus shatters all of these ideas with one sentence in verse six:
I AM the way, the truth & the life. No one comes to the father except through me.
There is NO other way to be reconnected with God, and NO other way to gain eternal life than through belief in Jesus Christ, and there is NO other way to come to this saving faith than by reading and hearing His Word proclaimed. Jesus is the One Way, the only way. In fact, before Jesus' followers were called Christians, they were known as the people of "The Way."
We live in a pluralistic society. This means that neither our government or society endorses one particular religion; all are welcome. This means that you must be respectful and tolerant of other belief systems, as we expect them to be tolerant of us. But they won't be. You can expect to be attacked more an more for your 'intolerant, exclusive' beliefs.
The best way you can hold fast to this radically unpopular statement that Jesus makes in John 14:6 is to continue to work out the Spiritual Disciplines we've been talking so much about lately. Read God's Word. Hear God's Word. Meditate on God's Word. Pray God's Word. Day after day after day. Look how Jesus phrases it in the very next verse:
If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.
Get to know Jesus better and better every day.
Prayer For The Day: Dear Father, thank you for sending your Son to point me to you. People around me are growing less and less tolerant of Jesus all the time, so I pray that you strengthen me to hold tight to the knowledge contained in your Word. Amen.