Jesus Is the Only Way to Heaven Because God Is the Only Way to God

by J Warner Wallace

This Easter I had a wonderful experience at New Life Church near Toronto, Ontario. Pastor Elio and Micki Marrocco allowed me to teach their Good Friday and Easter services (in addition to training sessions with their core leaders). I tried to encourage the members of New Life and help them grow in their confidence related to the controversially exclusive, central claim of Christianity: Jesus alone is God. While there may be other important, historic religious leaders, none of them rose from the dead. Jesus is unique. He alone is God and He alone has the power to forgive sins and grant us eternal life. In our pluralistic, relativistic culture, an exclusive claim such as this is likely to start an argument. But Jesus didn’t shrink from controversy. Read the Gospel of John to see what I mean. Jesus repeatedly made outrageous claims of Deity, and he made these claims with singular exclusivity:

John 14:1-6
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Some people find this claim of exclusivity offensive. In many ways, it seems outrageous and arrogant, and it was no less controversial in Jesus’ day. Why should anyone accept such a claim? How could Jesus even make such a statement? It’s simple: Jesus is the only way to Heaven because God is the only way to God…

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