Dr. John K. Mathew
Loving Jesus is easy to do. When you read about His earthly ministry in the Gospels, it's impossible not to fall in love with Him. He speaks the truth boldly and bluntly. He trashes the legalists who controlled the religious establishment. He forges deep, rich relationships with His disciples. He shows abiding compassion for the poor and outcasts. He makes the ultimate sacrifice in dying as a substitute for the sins of mankind. Yes, loving Jesus is easy to do. But how about presenting Jesus as the only way of salvation? It frowns on people and deteriorates His status to be just one among many ways.
It is very unfortunate, that even Evangelical Christians, for the sake of public acceptance support this view. Many Christian leaders around the globe teach the New Age agenda of presenting Jesus to be one among many. The fact is He is the ONLY WAY!
"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). No one on planet earth dared to say, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). It is told of Sir Isaac Newton that he had a favorite cat which he liked to have with him always in his study. This cat had a kitten; and Sir Isaac used to be sometimes troubled when he heard the two mewing on the wrong side of the door, wanting to come in. So in an absent mindedness he ordered a carpenter to make two holes in the door, a big one for the mother cat and a smaller one for the kitten. He did not realize at the moment, till the astonished carpenter explained to him that one hole would suffice for both, that the kitten could go in at the same door as its mother. There is no need for many doors for salvation as Jesus opened a new way once and for all.
The Book of Hebrews read, "Therefore, brothers, since we have the confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith" ( 10:19--22).