Over the next couple of days I would like to take a look at the claims of Christ being the exclusive way, the only way, to God. I will be addressing some of the things discussed in this response to this post of mine from last week.
One thing that jumped out at me about this response is the thought that religion can be a good thing because it gives people guidance in how to live their lives. In chapter 5 of The Case For Faith (as well as several of his Let My People Think broadcasts), Ravi Zacharias says, “Jesus Christ didn’t come into this world to make bad people good, he came into this world to make dead people live.” It is true that the religions of the world give people guidelines to live by. But Christianity is not about living a good life. Only the Bible points out that we are powerless to live a good life apart from Jesus Christ. Being a Christian is not about following a set of teachings to live a good life, (although good works must be a part of the Christian life); rather, being a Christian is about finding salvation.
It doesn’t take much observation of the world to realize that people do bad things. The Bible says that all people are sinful from birth. But through the person of Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, we can be redeemed. This is what is meant when it is said Christ makes dead people live. Christ redeems us from spiritual death and brings us into eternal life.
Jesus did leave us with a set of teachings that help the Christian live the life God desires. However, the main significance of the spiritually dead finding life in Christ is that this world is not all there is. There is eternal significance to the life we live. So following a guru’s teachings may give you some good pointers about how to live your life, but the Lord Jesus Christ alone solves the problem of eternity.
Living a good life will not save you. Jesus Christ alone provides salvation for the soul so that we can be with God forever.