Friday, April 17, 2009

Living in Spagetti Junction

Modern expressways or highways in our major cities can be very confusing and overwhelming – especially to those who may just be visiting in the area. One such series of highways exists in Atlanta, Georgia. A series of different roads are built in a spiraling fashion, one route on top of the other. Different roads then fan out like long strands of overlapping spaghetti. That is why the term “spaghetti junction” is used to describe the arrangement. The series of expressways in the Atlanta location has been called one of the “worst” – not only because it can be confusing but also due to ice and slippery conditions in the winter. A driver would have to make an instant decision as to where to go and what to do.

Even as I write these words, there are many people who are busy constructing another spaghetti junction. They are spreading the idea that there are many different ways to salvation and to peace with God. Those persons have relegated Jesus to being just an ordinary good man who is only one of many ways to God. Nothing could be further from the truth. Anyone who is struggling in their faith has to carefully navigate their way through beliefs and ideas of many religions that may look good at a distance but which ultimately result in a dead end. I was shocked to hear recently that almost half (47%) of professing evangelicals in American churches believe that Jesus is not the only way to God (reported by Pew Forum, in Christianity Today). Even some church leaders have been found to be indulging in other religions according to this same report!

Make no mistake. Jesus is the only way of salvation – the only way to heaven and to peace with God. Saturate your mind with the unchanging truth of the word of God. As we approach Easter, more of these false ideas and beliefs are forced into the open in our public realm. So, beware and stand firm on the certain truth about Jesus in the word of God, the Bible. Consider these verses:

Ø (Jesus said) “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to (God) the Father except through me.”( John 14:6)

Ø Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to (us) by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Ø “…Each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 3:10a-11)

Jesus is the only source of fulfillment for us:

> …Jesus declared,” I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)

Jesus is our ONLY source of truth and life:

Ø Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.’”(John 6:68)

Ø “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Ø Remember – salvation and eternal life are not found in following a religion but in experiencing by faith an intimate love relationship with the person of the Lord Jesus Christ!

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