Christians are often criticized for saying that Jesus is the only way to heaven. This criticism is unjust because every religion and philosophy makes exclusive truth claims.
All religions contradict each other on major issues yet all religions make either implicit or explicit claims of being the only true religion. Even Hinduism claims that everyone eventually gets reincarnated as good Hindus in order to enter heaven.
To explain, let me point out that the laws of logic dictate that two contradictory statements can’t possibly both be true. Islamic teaching on salvation directly contradicts Christian teaching on salvation. If Islam is true, Christianity is false. If Christianity is true, Islam is false. There’s just no other way to deal with it logically. Do we tolerate Muslims? Of course we do! We accept them as people although we disagree with their teachings.
A postmodernist might say to a Muslim “Islam is true for you.” To say “Islam is true for you” is blatantly illogical. That’s like saying to a flat earth society member “The earth is flat for you.” The earth is round for everyone, including flat earthers whether they believe it or not!
Atheistic materialists believe that human beings are the products of nature. Atheists claim there is no God, no afterlife and no transcendent moral code. If atheistic materialism is true, Christianity is false. If Christianity is true, atheistic materialism is false.
Any truth claim is an exclusive truth claim. Any person who makes a statement of any kind is making a truth claim and by this is implicitly rejecting anything contrary to their statement. Again, this is simple logic.
We Christians are not narrow-minded bigots. We believe Christianity is the one true religion because it is based on the historical fact of Christ’s death and resurrection from the dead which was foretold by the prophets. This fact was confirmed by hundreds of eyewitnesses and written down in the Bible.
The Bible itself is credited with over two thousand prophecies and fulfillments. No other holy book comes close to this claim. The fact that Jesus came in fulfillment of hundreds of Old Testament Bible prophecies means that the truth claims of Christianity are backed up by more supernatural phenomena than any other faith.
Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
Christ died for the sins of all people. The way to show toleration for all people is to love our neighbors as ourselves and gently point them to Christ who loves them and offers them the free gift of salvation.
The Bible in Romans 10:13 says: “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” All who turn from their sins and ask Christ for forgiveness will receive eternal life.
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Bill Nugent has written many articles on Christianity, philosophy and science. He has also written books that give Bible based teaching on sanctification and that caution against the error of legalism. His books are available at his website www.gracelawandsonship.com.