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How Can Jesus Be the Only Way?

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If you can go to the school of your choice, root for the team of your choice, watch the cable channel of your choice and eat the yogurt of your choice, why can't you pray to the god of your choice?

The problem with Christians is that they insist they have the only way to salvation. Sometimes they talk about being "born again." Sometimes they tell you to "believe in Jesus." It all boils down to the same thing: Christians think they worship the only true God. But how can Jesus be the only way?

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1 [ Back ] Alan Watts, Beyond Theology: The Art of Godmanship (New York: Random House, 1973).
2 [ Back ] Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1990), 255.
3 [ Back ] D. A. Carson, The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996), 13-22.
4 [ Back ] Robert Bellah, Habits of the Heart (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1985), 232-33.
5 [ Back ] Lesslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1989), 1.
6 [ Back ] Swami Chindanansa, "Authentic Religion," paper given at the Parliament of World Religions, Chicago, 1993.
7 [ Back ] In James H. Smylie, "Church Growth and Decline in Historical Perspective," American Presbyterians, 73:3 (Fall, 1995).
8 [ Back ] Carson, 19.
9 [ Back ] First Things (Nov. 1993), 54.
10 [ Back ] Schlossberg, op. cit., 251.
11 [ Back ] Philip Zaleski, "The Strange Shipwreck of Robinson Crusoe," First Things (May 1995), 41.
12 [ Back ] Quoted in Erwin W. Lutzer, Christ Among Other Gods (Chicago: Moody, 1994), 80.
13 [ Back ] Hans Kng, "What Is the True Religion?" Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 56 (Sept. 1986), 4.
14 [ Back ] On Dick Cavett, in C. Stephen Evans, The Quest for Faith: Pointers to God (Leicester, England: InterVarsity, 1986), 125.
15 [ Back ] Lutzer, op. cit., 46.

Philip G. Ryken is pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

Issue: "Exploring Mars Hill: Common Ground in Apologetics" March/April 1998 Vol. 7 No. 2 Page number(s): 17-22

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