Jesus made many claims that those around him did not care too much for. This is evidenced pretty well in the fact that he was crucified. Why would we crucify a man who was good and with whom we have no problem? We would not.
Most notably to the contrary of the godless culture around him were the “I am” statements outlined so wonderfully in the gospel according to John. Of those statements, the chiefest would certainly have to be that which is found in the fourteenth chapter and the sixth verse.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
This would cause quite the stir don’t you think? I remember, very vividly, a conversation I had with someone very close to me in which she said, “I don’t think it matters whether you believe in Jesus or Muhammad because they were both great prophets and you go to the same place either way.” Put simply, Jesus disagrees. But why is this important? Why does it matter which “prophet” we believe in? It matters for one very simple reason. When Jesus asked Simon who he said Jesus was, he responded with the immortal words recorded in the gospel according to Matthew chapter sixteen and verse sixteen.
Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
You see, Muhammad made no such claim. Muhammad was NOT the Son of the living God. Muhammad did NOT die to redeem lost sinners who would believe in him. Muhammad did NOT rise three days after his death to conquer death and the grave. Muhammad did NOT ascend to the right hand of God the Father and reign forevermore. JESUS DID.
This is an assault on the first part of the statement Christ made in John 14:6. If Jesus is A way and not THE way, we have no need to worry. If all roads lead home, I can just mosey on down this one and you can mosey on down that one and I will “see you on the other side.”
Embedded in that statement she made was, further, an assault on the second statement of Christ in John 14:6. Starting back with Einstein, there was a push for “relativity,” and not just in the realm of physics. This seeped over into philosophical fields and eventually made its way into religion as a whole and liberal Christianity in particular. Suddenly, it did not matter what the Bible had to say on the matter because the Bible was not “true” for one or more of the parties involved. Buddha is every bit as real to a Buddhist as Christ is to me but that does not make Buddha’s claims true. He is not the truth. Christ alone claims that title.
Lastly, Christ said that he was the life. That is to say WE ARE ALL DEAD OUTSIDE OF HIM!
There is no exception to this rule. There are no ifs, ands, or buts. Once we die, we die unto death if we are not in Christ. If we are in him we die unto life eternal. If we die in Muhammad, Buddha, Ra, Zeus, Odin, Baal, or anyone or thing apart from the life, we are condemned to die eternally.
There is another side to this as well. If we act outside of Christ then everything we do becomes lost (a way), relativized (a “truth”), and dead (no life). Anything come to mind that fits that description? Infanticide, maybe? You may know it better as “abortion”, but I will not refer to it as such. We not only refute that the child in the womb matters, we then have the audacity to treat it as though it can be reduced to a cluster of atoms, a tumor of sorts, and every bit as much a nuisance. Apart from Christ, we are dead and we will always choose death. We will hide behind situational ethics and say, “Well, what if the child’s being born endangers the mother?” When was there ever a childbirth that did not endanger the mother? The mere chance that the mother could die negates the chance that the child could live? You are literally sacrificing an infant at the altar of a woman if you hold to that viewpoint. Let’s look, next, at the standpoint of physical “quality of life.” Your unborn child has been diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. Naturally, you are not enthused about what difficulties your child will have to endure. Does that mean you abort? By no means! We all lead difficult lives and that child has a soul! Do not think that your child is above physical ailment. That is offering them up on the altar of vanity.
Now, off of my soapbox, why does all of this matter? Why does it matter that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life? It matters because of how the verse ends. Christ says,
No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you wish to see the Father and heaven and the glory thereof, you must go through the Son.