John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
It’s intolerant to recognize Christ as the only means by which we can access God, the Father. That Truth offends many Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and countless others who follow men, not Jesus Christ. They refuse to believe that Jesus is The Christ, the Son of God.
Nothing is sadder. Nothing brings more tears to the faithful than the realization that others refuse Christ. Why? Because it means without obedience to Christ, millions will be eternally lost.
Phil. 3:18 “(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:”
No man has access to God except through Christ. That certainly excludes millions of religious people who openly refuse to believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Without Christ there can be no salvation because without Christ we cannot have a relationship with God. So says Christ.
Not all religious paths lead toward God. Not all religious paths lead toward Heaven, where God lives. There is only one path to eternal salvation – and God. Sadly, Christ reveals that most will refuse to travel that path. And they’ll be lost.
Matt. 7:13, 14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
According to 2007 statistics only 33% of the earth’s population even believe in Christ. Of that number, far fewer believe He is the living Son of God. Of that number, still fewer believe the New Testament established by His death on the cross is a pattern for our life. Of that number, even fewer believe that the Church you read about in the Bible still exists – and that our lives today can and should be lived based on what you read in the Bible. The fact is, most people who consider themselves “Christians” are not genuine because they do not obey the Gospel that Christ established. Namely, they refuse to obey Christ, which is what Christ Himself taught.
Matt. 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
According to Christ, NO MAN can have access to God except through Christ. Our Lord served God the Father, not the god of political correctness. Heaven continues to be at stake. That price is simply too high to ignore. We serve God by serving other people. We serve God by helping others learn of Christ. We serve God by urging others to believe in the Gospel Christ established. And when they refuse, like the Apostle Paul, we weep for their souls.
We don’t hate. We don’t spew vileness toward them. We don’t protest them. We uphold the Truth. We teach. We preach. Like God, we tolerate people to make foolish choices because all men do have the freedom to decide for themselves whom they’ll serve. Still we hope to persuade men to follow Christ because we know following Him is the only way to reach God and Heaven.
2Cor. 5:11 “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…”