There Are Only Two Ways To God

There Are Only Two Ways To God April 1, 2019

Many claim that there are many paths to God, but what does the Bible say about this?

The Way

Jesus and the Young Rich Man by Heinrich-Hofmann.1889

Prior to Jesus’ death on the cross and His ascension into heaven, Jesus told the disciples that “if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:3). He was trying to reassure their troubled hearts. They had grown close to Jesus over the last three years plus He spent with them, but now their Master was going away. They knew that Jesus was to return to the Father, but they were troubled about His leaving them. Thomas, as if speaking for all of them, asked, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way” (John 14:4)? That’s a great question. Today people may ask, “How can I inherit eternal life or go to heaven?” Jesus Himself answers this (and Thomas) by saying, so “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). This was a question about going where Jesus was going, and that was to the Father, but they also wanted to go to be with Jesus again. They knew the implications of Jesus’ leaving and they wanted reassurance that they could go to where Jesus went. They wanted to know the way. By Thomas asking his question, it shows he wanted to know more about Jesus coming again to take them to be with Him, so that, “where I am you may be also.“ One thing about coming to Jesus is that “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:44). The way to the Father is first His calling, however, this calling must be through Jesus Christ. The biblical truth is, you “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31). God has no other way but through Christ.

The Truth

The Bible never indicates that there is more than one path to God, not to mention many. Scripture says there is only one way, and one way alone, but at least there is a way. A way is better than no way. The Apostle Peter told the “rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem” (Acts 4:5) that “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). That name is Jesus Christ, but even after the council ordered them “not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus” (Acts 4:18), Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19-20). These men were eyewitnesses to Jesus’ sinless life, death on the cross, and resurrection, so they could not help “but speak of what [they] had seen and heard.” It didn’t matter whether they were beaten or jailed…they could not stop speaking because Jesus had commissioned them.

The Life

For those who still think there must be more than one path, I will give you this. There are two paths. One path is described in Revelation21:2- which says, “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God,” and at that time, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Rev 21:4). Jesus says there are two ways we can go, but we must “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matt 7:13-14). The idea is that most are not going the right way. They’re taking the broad way…the “interstate” so to speak…and they’re all going the wrong way! That’s why we need to tell them of “the way,” or the only way (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Today, the majority of the world is on the broad path…perhaps it’s because too few from the narrow path care to go to the broad path to warn others. The narrow way is hard and difficult, and maybe that’s why “those who find it are few.” Daniel the Prophet, in writing of the end-times resurrection, said that “many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Dan 12:2). Those on the narrow path will awaken to everlasting life, but those “many” that rejected Christ are raised to “shame and everlasting contempt.” Jesus even indicates that many who profess Christ will be turned away, telling them He never even knew them, and not just a few, but “many” (Matt 7:21-23).

The Broad Path

Michelangelo and the Last Judgment. 1536 until 1541.

No one has to go down the broad path of destruction. They have the ability to come to Christ and be saved. They can humble themselves and confess their sins and their need for the Savior, but God will not pour out His grace on the proud (James 4:6). The Apostle John wrote of the final judgment of mankind, and he “saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done” (Rev 20:12), “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Rev 20:15). To be found in the book of life, you must receive eternal life through Jesus Christ. He is not one of many ways, but the only way. He is the truth, the life, and the way…the only way. He is not one of many ways, not one of many truths, not one of many ways to life. He is it! You’ve got no other. The wide path is full of “others” who think their works will save them, but we know that’s not possible (Eph 2:8-9).

Conclusion

There is only one way to the Father and that is through Jesus Christ, but if you reject Jesus Christ as your Savior, then you still have a path to God…but it is the broad road that leads to judgment and destruction. I am willing to suffer insults and name-calling for the sake of the gospel, knowing it’s not my responsibility to save anyway. It is their response to His ability, but it is our responsibility to tell others. They may hate the message, and even hate us, but Jesus reminded the disciples, and He reminds us today that “A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours” (John 15:20). If they keep His Word, they are headed down the highway of righteousness, into the kingdom, but reject His Word, and He will reject you on Judgment Day.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Christian Crier or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    Must be your April Fool essay right janitor jack?

    In order to continue to make these endless claims and assertions janitor jack you need to be able to DEMONSTRATE a few things…

    Demonstrate that ANY “god” past or present ever/does existed/exists…..absent this jack you have nothing. You are simply asserting the same mindless baseless claim as every “god” believer since the dawn of time, none of which you “believe”

    Demonstrate that ANY “jesus christ” EVER existed let alone said or did anything you claim he did.

    Demonstrate that the text of no name authors from the Iron Age is true

    Demonstrate the validity of your ridiculous storyline of eternal “gods” acting out ridiculous storylines based upon human blood magic sacrifice

    “but reject His Word, and He will reject you on Judgment Day.”

    Demonstrate the truth of this claim janitor jack…Tell us the sanity of your deities little drama leading up to “judgment day” and how you KNOW…not believe….KNOW that this absurd notion is true.

    Demonstrate the existence of the “lake of fire” your deities little present for the horrific crime of not believing gibberish from ancient no name religious luantics….Show that this is true jack not just some stupid wicked text from a maniac.

    The FACT of the matter janitor jack is that you KNOW absolutely NOTHING. You BELIEVE a book, cover to cover, without a shred of critical thinking. You are a cowering terrified wimp of a man who can neither defend his ridiculous claims or face your fear of a man made invisible undetectable celestial dictator. You live in fear jack. You’ve been intimidated into this stupid cult and worse you are now a foot soldier peddling this disgusting vile ideology to anyone you can…and children…the worst thing any man can do…lie to children and terrify them with your own dark psychotic nonsense.

    For shame….run along…hide behind your tiny pulpit and preach to the old ladies and bumpkins. You’ll never care for what is actually true, never critically think, never be a real man, never walk in honesty.

    • Gina Guarnieri

      It’s like this…. there hasn’t been much of an argument among historians as to the actual and definitive existence and life of Jesus of Nazareth.

      What do you think is going to happen to you when you die? For we all will die a first death.

      • pud

        No…it’s like this…There is NO actual historical evidence whatsoever for the existence of the supposedly MOST important figure ever. None, Nada, Zip

        Your “death” question should have been phrased “What do you “believe” is going to happen to you when you die” because there is NO way to “know” is anything at all happens other than return to the elements from which you’re made.

        Any proposition as to what “is going to happen” is nothing but make believe. What was “happening to you” before you were born?

        Religion makes shit up to fill in the blanks instead of being honest and giving the only HONEST answer…”I don’t know”

        • No, Pud … It’s like this. Josephus acknowledged that Jesus of Nazareth did, at least, exist.

          Many educated and lettered historians cite Josephus on other historic issues, but you seem
          to be unaware of his conlusions about Jesus. You closed your last comment as an honest agnostic saying, “I don’t know.”

          But in your other posts you demonstrate that you are actually an atheist. And you blindly, and just as much without critical thinking as the most wild-eyed, foaming at the mouth, Christian fanatic, you parrot the same old, made-up atheistic excrement, crying, “no evidence,” “no proof,” and then, of course, the same old insults.

          Short of having your own, personal encounter with the creator, why don’t you just admit that
          there is nothing that you would ever be willing to accept as evidence, let alone proof.

          In your own way, you are simply a mindless, thoughtless fanatic of your own stripe, and all
          of your insults toward those who believe in God, and in His Christ, apply just as much to
          you (and your ilk), as to any Christian, Jew, Muslim or Deist. You can no more prove, or
          demonstrate, your belief that Jesus did not exist, than we can prove our belief that He did.

          • pud

            No he did NOT. He was neither an eye witness or a contemporary. He commented ONLY on the fact that there was a budding christian cult. PERIOD. Don’t lie to yourself.

            That’s right…You have NO evidence whatsoever for ANYTHING you claim.

            LOL…prove to me that a china tea pot ISN’T circling Mars….see how stupid that is? Google burden of proof and have a child read it to you…clearly you’re not very bright

          • Okay, but first you prove to me that God, or Christ did not exist … see how stupid that is?

            You Google burden of proof, or better yet look it up in a law dictionary and you’ll find that it’s always on the accuser … a person stating what he or she believes does not require that they must prove it … they are not making accusations.

            The person claiming that another person’s beliefs are wrong is the one who must provide
            the proof. The honest skeptic would simlpy say “I don’t believe you.” Or “I choose not to
            believe you.”

            That, Mr. Pud, is the best you can do. Your caustic remarks have proven nothing, but your
            dum-bass and idiotic insults seem to lend credibility to the story of that guy in the Bible who
            killed a thousand enemy warriors with the jawbone of an ass … being that you seem to be
            so effective with the same weapon.

          • pud

            I’ll dumb it down for you…

            The burden of proof is the obligation of a party in a trial to produce the evidence that will prove the claims they have made against the other party. In a legal dispute, one party is initially presumed to be correct and gets the benefit of the doubt, while the other side bears the burden of proof. Wikipedia

            You are making the “positive” claim that some gawd exists….you are required to produce the evidence of which you have NONE

            But…I’ll go you one better…I will prove that your gawd doesn’t and can’t exist but you have to define the terms…..define…

            “god”…..

            “exist”….

            Define the terms and I’ll show you just how gullible and dumb you really are

          • pud … Sorry for the delayed response … I was laughing so hard I almost cried. Now you are asking me to define “god” and “exist” … what’s next? You sound very much like Bill Clinton … pretending not to understand what basic terms mean during his pathetic interviews over his screwing around with Monica Lewinski … his little suction cup. Go ahead though, give me your proof that “god” does not exist. You are not the first fool to say he has proof that “god” does not exist, and you won’t be the last. At best you are living proof that stupid people are prolific breeders of their own kind. Nobody can possibly be more gullible and dumb than those who believe that all life on earth, including human beings, evolved from inert matter. I had my doubts before, but now I understand why you call yourself “pud.” Very appropriate.

          • pud

            I don’t normally engage abject idiots but I’ll make an exception….In order to “prove” anything one has to have clear definition of terms….I’m sure you don’t know this but it’s true. So before I prove what a gullible idiot cultist you are you must define the two terms we’re talking about…

            Define “god”

            Define “exist”

            Then I’ll show why you’re an idiot.

          • pud

            Yeah…it’s clearly easier to “believe” that an invisible eternal undetectable genie called forth everything from nothing via a magical incantation….yep…so much better an explanation that actual science. Got ya!

          • No less or no more “easier” than believing that you evolved from rocks. And that’s all it really is.

            True, empirical science has not, does not, and cannot prove evolution ever happened.

            It does not matter a whit how many “scientists” claim to believe in evolution. True, empirical science never has been and is not now based on concensus.

            Here is some factual information that you most likely know nothing about: The empirical scientific method begins with scientists (real ones) forming questions, or hypotheses, and then acquiring the knowledge (through observations and experiments) to either support or disprove a specific idea, or theory.

            Evolution has NOT been observed. Evolution has not been proven (by experiments) in any laboratory.

            Empirical means, and pertains to that which is based on observation or experiments.

            Empirical research is the process of finding empirical evidence. Empirical data is the information that comes from the research … which, again, is always based on observation and experiments.

            All expressions of “creation” (including biblical) and all expressions of evolution are totally outside the realm of empirical science … so your belief in evolution is no more, or no less provable than your idiotic claim to be able to prove that “god” does not exist.

            I am now in my late 70s, but many years ago when I was much younger, and a lot less tolerant, a pseudo-intellectual (such as yourself) challenged me to prove my existence. I did so by punching him squarely in the nose and knocking him on his backside.

            In so doing, I proved two things. That I did, in fact, exist … and that the Bible was true in Proverbs 30:33 where it says “…the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood…”

            I also proved that I was not yet ready for anger management training. So, in closing, as far as I’m concerned, we’re done here. So, go ahead, impress yourself. You may have the last word.

          • pud

            This will be my last reply to you as it’s abundantly clear you’re an idiot who hasn’t a clue what you’re talking about….quite typical of religious lunatics incapable of critical thinking.

            Evolution is a FACT. A demonstrable, empirical, absolute FACT.

            Evolution has NOTHING to do with the “origin” of life only the change in allele frequency in a population gene pool

            Abiogenesis is the study of how organic material became self organizing

            So you’ve shown you don’t know what the fuck your talking about.

            Oh boy! The BUYBULL says you can get a bloody nose and there’s a place called Egypt! So it must be true that donkeys and snakes talk!

            You’re an old imbecile…cheers

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Chuck go over to delmin.org and take the free deliverance ministry course. It only takes a few hours. Then you can be released from that bondage to anger demon.

            That will keep you healthier. Anger is bad for your heart. Listen to classical music to relieve your stress.

            Spiritual music to be uplifted.

            Forgiveness is the mark of an overcomer. I learned that from a man with two doctorates in theology. One in the Old Testament and one in the New Testament.

            Also everyone who knows Jesus is the Son of God overcomes the world cf. 1 John 5.

          • Susan Jane Elohim … Dear sister in Christ, there is a listed gift of The Spirit described as The Gift of Discerning of Spirits. If you have this gift you would be able to discern the difference between a heated discussion and someone who is either posessed or opressed by a demon or demons. I can assure you that I, as a blood-washed and Spirit-Filled believer and follower of Christ, demons cannot possess me or torment me. They hate and they fear the name of Jesus Christ … whose I am, and who resides within me. I admit that being now in my late 70s I am not as patient and tolerant than I was when I was still in my early 30s when I was first ordained as a minister of Christ (I ran out of other cheeks to turn back around 1985). God bless you and I’ll see you at the Rapture.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Well you take care. Deliverance ministry teacher Everett Cox says believers can be afflicted and so that’s why I gave you the link. I do believe a demon can affict a Christian because my sainted mother came down with the epileptic spirit late after baptism and conversion.

            I saw her go down in an epileptic seizure once In the checkout counter of a grocery store. I went off to school shortly thereafter. When I saw her a year or two later she had thrown her medicine away and was cured. I never met anybody in my life that loved Jesus more than my mother and I am convinced he cured her.

            I will see you at the Resurrection, hopefully, the first one.

            I don’t believe in the Rapture because it’s a doctrine made up by the Jesuit Francisco Ribera in the 1500s to counter the Reformation. John Nelson Darby picked it up a few hundred years later and popularized it.

            The Robesons who were missionaries in Latin America saw cases of possession and wrote a book on it. Sometimes a demon flees when the Word is read regularly. Others like the deaf and dumb spirit require a lot of fasting and praying.

            With both sin and demons in this world it can be hard to tell which is bothering a person but better to be safe. That’s why I gave you the site info to check it out.

            You may have outgrown it or, perhaps, Jesus silently cured you without you realizing it. I don’t know all things but it wouldn’t hurt to check into it and learn how it is done.

            Sorry for meddling but I meant to be helpful.

          • Epilepsy has nothing to do with demon possession or demon oppression any anything to do with demons. It is a physical condition that relates to seizures on the brain. It can be controlled by appropriate medication.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            This must be the will of God to tolerate all this debate but I feel bad for the unbelievers. The longer they debate the longer God piles up evidence against them.

            This world is God’s courtroom and God is recording every word and deed but none of these atheists have a fear of the Lord. Some fears are rational but the devil removed this self protective fear from them.

            I was trying to save them by re-educating them on the scriptures but they refused to learn. Intelligent sane people master God’s perspective.

            Insane loons debate it.

            You only have to beat the sense into people when they are out of their minds and beating up on you.

            But God doesn’t like us descending to crazy people’s level. So just tell the truth and leave them to think about it.

          • pud

            A celestial East Germany or North Korea eh?

          • It’s insane loons who gullibly accept what you ignorantly claim to know, but only believe by your delusions. Rational atheists are NOT insane loons. It’s you irrational make-believe bible bashing Fundamentalists who exhibit signs of mental illness. Please visit a professional psychiatrist and seek help!

          • pud

            I’m not done with you yet…

            Here’s a point by point reply that PROVES you’re an imbecile

            1. NO ONE “believes” anything in science least of all that “we evolved from rocks” That’s pure Kent Hovind brain dead lies. Science deals in probability, models, theories not “proofs” So right out of the gate you PROVE how ignorant you are

            2. Evolution is a theory and a FACT. A theory is a body of FACTS that explains a given phenomenon. Evolution first of all has NOTHING to do with your stupid make believe imaginary invisible undetectable “god” or your stupid religious cult. Evolution is demonstrated in the lab, in the field and in practice with the development of antibiotics. It is supported by multiple lines of EMPIRICAL evidence from genetics to phylogeny to the physical evidence of fossils.

            3. No scientists “claim” or “believe” anything. They DEMONSTRATE with EVIDENCE the truth of models as explanations for given phenomenon. Only insane gullible religious lunatics like you “claim” and “believe”

            4. Demonstrate the EMPIRICAL evidence for ANY invisible undetectable genie in the sky and explain the physics of calling the universe into existence via an incantation ie: magic. Demonstrate the existence of the “supernatural” and explain why anyone other than an idiot would “believe” in it.

            5. You remain a delusional, stupid, ignorant liar and fraud. cheers again!

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Thanks for being a real spiritual warrior and putting this fool in their place.

            But the truth is pud lost her mind a long time ago.

            That’s why she scripture twists because sin rules her and sin can affect the mind.

            She gives the demonstration of sin and it’s terrible consequences to the world every time she posts but most are too kind on this blog to point it out to her.

            They just block out her ranting and raving.

            Thanks for setting her straight. She thinks she can “deprogram” spiritual people and get them to join her in her rebellion against God.

            She does not understand that true faith is indestructible.

            God bless you and keep you, Brother.

            I also told her she hasn’t proven she’s sane or proven or disproven that God exists to herself so why is she accusing Christians of being crazy?

            A mature Christian knows God exists. We have that kind of experiential knowledge. That’s why we testify.

            Look at Donnie McClurkin’s testimony:

            Ministry

            He was hired, as an associate minister, at Marvin Winans’ Perfecting Church in Detroit, Michigan, in 1989.[5] McClurkin served as an assistant to Winans for over a decade.

            In 1991, a sharp pain and swelling, followed by internal bleeding led, he says, to his being diagnosed as having leukemia. The doctor suggested immediate treatment, but McClurkin, who was then 31, decided to take his own advice. “I tell people to believe that God will save you,” he says, “[and] I had to turn around and practice the very thing that I preached.”[6]

            He was ordained and sent out by the Winans in 2001 to establish Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York, where he is now Senior Pastor.[7][8]

            Personal life

            McClurkin, in 2002, told a Christian website that, due to the sexual abuse, he had struggled with homosexuality. He also said that he had rejected that “lifestyle”: “I’ve been through this and have experienced God’s power to change my lifestyle. I am delivered and I know God can deliver others, too.”[13]

            In 2016, it was reported that McClurkin had entered a beautiful partnership relationship with CCM singer-songwriter Nicole C. Mullen.[14][15]

            That testimony is evidence of God’s power in a human life surrendered to Him. But the unbelieving world likes to throw these testimonies out without listening to them.

            But they weren’t there so who are they to skeptically dismissed someone else’s life story.

            One’s life is evidence to one’s self.

          • pud

            No “proof” can be offered unless and until the terms of that “proof” are clearly defined. Ask 100 delusional believers in invisible undetectable “gods” for their definition and you’ll get 100 different stupid answers.

            So for me to “prove” what an imbecile you are you have to provide definition for the two terms…”exist” and “god” Then I will oblige you.

            Bonus points for explaining the physics behind an invisible undetectable supernatural deity calling forth a universe via a magical incantation…..gee, that’s so much easier to “believe” LOL

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            Brilliant. The law definition is right. But these unbelievers like to use the philosophical one.
            God always uses legal terms in the Bible so the legal approach to seeking Him makes a lot more sense than the mixed up philosoper’s approach.

            Philosophy is speculation.

            Law is applied wisdom.

            God said to be a seeker because the individual is responsible for his own soul.

            Only a foolish lazy skeptic doesn’t seek to know for himself.

          • Susan Jane Elohim

            pud persists in her rebellion ignoring the truth. I already told this blog that there are no accounts close to the time Jesus lived denying his existence.

            So she is being deliberately obtuse, disingenuous and biased while she attempts to undermines your faith.

            I hope you come back with a bunch of your brothers and blow her lies out of the water.

            Militant atheists are trying to take over this blog so new believers cannot ask the pastor questions.

            They have illegally devoted it to debate contrary to the fact that the pastor says he does not argue.

            I have an atheist on here following me around deleting my posts. I am an evangelist like you are.

            But on second thought scrap that idea. All of them have reprobated themselves, lost their minds and need to seek counseling because they refused to seek God.

            Everyone knows God exists. But some suppress the truth cf. Romans 1.

            We’re obviously living in the age of Laodicea because who lets a lot of insane trumped up lies about God go unchallenged.

            Jesus earned the respect of the whole world on the Cross but loons like pud never understand that fact. They are too busy being owned by their sin.

            Have a blessed day.

          • pud

            It is neither a “fact” that any “jesus” earned anything let alone existed at all. Google “fact”

  • pud

    Oh,,,forgot to ask you AGAIN….Is your “god” omnipresent? A simple yes or no will do simple jack.

  • Gina Guarnieri

    Truly and beautifully written! Thank you for your testimony of Christ, our Lord, who is Lord of all creation.

    For we struggle with principalities in the heavens! This article is a bold pronouncement of the truth.

    With much respect and love, in Christ always

    • Jack Wellman

      Thank you so much. It is a joy to read comments from fellow believers. May God richly bless you for the encouragment.

  • Christiane Smith

    all those who love know God and He knows them

    • Jack Wellman

      Amen Christiane. We are blessed.