Christianity's Exclusive Claims

Reference: Life and Work Directions
Fall 1997

Many people struggle with the claim that Jesus Christ is the only way to God. Some have difficulty because there are so many religions and millions have never trusted in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Could they all be wrong? Some believe that in a pluralistic society we have no right to claim that "our way" is the correct and only way. The contemporary philosophical climate brings some support to this view. After all, they say, truth is relative. What is true for you might not be true for me.

Baptist have these concerns. One of the central Baptist doctrines is the competency of the soul in religion. That doctrine means that each soul has a basic ability to determine and choose what is right. Baptist have fought-- and died--for this and other Baptist distinctives. In our day, however, some claim that this doctrine means that whatever each soul believes is all right because the soul will lead one to an accurate faith. This view was never the intent of the doctrine. The doctrine means that each person is capable and responsible in matters of religion, but it does not suggest each soul's religion is correct.

People sometimes say, "Why can you say that your way is the correct and only way?" If the answers we give are only "our way", we have no more right than anyone else. If, however, these are "God's way," we have every right--indeed, an obligation-- to hold firmly to what He has revealed. This is the central point. Is Christianity just "our way," or is it truly God's way?

Each person must decide how to respond to this question. The next four lessons will present a case for the biblical claim that Jesus Christ is "God's way." Jesus is, in fact, God's one and only way to have a relationship with the Father.

  1. The "One and Only God" John 1:1-18 describes Jesus Christ as truly God.
  2. The "One and Only Savior" John 14:1-12; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 John 5:6-12 deals with the question of multiple ways to find God. Why can't there be more than one way? Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the one Mediator between God and humankind.
  3. The "One and Only Response" Philippians 3: 2-11considers the Bible's presentation of the necessary faith. Faith in Christ is necessary for salvation, and each person must have that faith individually.
  4. The "One and Only Gospel" Acts 17: 16-34 addresses the question of the centrality of the gospel for salvation.