Sunday, March 15, 2009

There aren’t ANY paths to God

There seems to be a growing number of people who feel offended at the Christian notion of there being only one path to God. Well, how about this. I’m going to suggest that there aren’t any paths to God, or to heaven. As far as us getting to God, thanks to the consequences of sin, the bridge is gone, the road is washed out. You can walk up and down the shoreline as much as you want but there is simply no way to the other side.

Of course, we’re told in the Bible that if we seek God with all our heart we’ll find Him. True. I think however it would be dangerous to imagine that we’ll bump into our Creator along any predetermined path of behaviour or contrived pattern of thought. Reality is, Creator God, as He has been revealed to us in the person of Jesus the Christ comes from heaven to us in order to develop a relationship with us.

If you’ve felt the need to see what Jesus is all about, if you’ve become curious about what Christians do or think, it’s because God has already initiated that course of action in you. That is why people find themselves confronted with the reality of Jesus’ Love in the most unlikely places. For most of us who became Christians later in life, it’s almost like we went for a casual stroll in the woods and Jesus just appeared out of nowhere. Or it’s like having Jesus tap us on the shoulder from behind and saying, “Here I Am.” Even in the midst of our God initiated curiosity, there’s the sense of suddenly being FOUND by Love.

God is shamelessly in love with us. He woos us in. He urges us to find shelter from the storm. He pursues us with the sole purpose of calling us home. Encountering Jesus can happen anywhere in the world at any time in any situation. No path. No series of behaviours. No string of words or thoughts. Just the drawing of us toward Jesus by Creator God. John 6:44. He calls, we follow the call.

Religion is humans trying to find God. Christianity is God seeking us out in order to have a relationship with us.

So, you might ask, “Is Jesus the only way? Is He in fact the Way, the Truth and the Life?”

Absolutely! It’s just that finding Jesus does not happen by OUR desire or effort. Our salvation is God’s doing. It's by His Grace from beginning to end, so that no one can boast.

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