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Is Jesus The Only Way?

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With all the people in all the world with all the religions, why is Jesus the only way?

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Apologetics
Ravi Zacharias
3 Main Groups
Only Universe Exists
Only God Exists
Both Exist
Origin / Meaning / Morality / Destiny
Is Jesus The Only Way

Intro

Christians can seem pretty arrogant some times. They have the only real truth? They have the only true answer? They have what millions and billions of others do not, or have missed? Boy is that arrogant of us!!
To say that the Bible is the only book
To say that Jesus is the only way
this seems intolerant
this seems arrogant
this seems improbable
This seems small minded

Prayer

God as we gather here today I pray that you would give insight and understanding to us. Jesus said in that if we “ask anything of the Father in Jesus name He will give it to us” but this can only be true if Jesus was telling the truth about who He was, is, and will forever be. I believe that you Jesus are the only begotten Son of the one true God, fully God and yet fully man, that you are the first and the last and that all creation will bow at your feet. That you in your love for us took on flesh to suffer and die in our place, to take on sin and its punishment without being guilty yourself, so that we might be reconciled to God the Father by your sacrifice. I believe that you are the way the truth and the life and that no-one comes to the Father except through you. We ask you to make that plane to all who hear this message today. Amen!
Logic

Message

Let me begin with an illustration to help us set a mental stage:
Imagine this room is a vehicle of transportation…
Am I… Arrogant, Intolerant, or Small minded, to insist on one answer?
Lets do another one...
Imagine you have just been diagnosed with a disease...
Would I be… Arrogant, Intolerant, or Small minded, to insist on a certain treatment?

The Logic of One Way

Can God Make a Square Circle

can God make a square circle
can God make a rock to heavy for Him to lift
can 1+1=3
All Religions Can Not Be Right
Deuteronomy 6:4 ESV
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
Deuteronomy 32:39 ESV
39 “ ‘See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.
Isaiah 43:10 ESV
10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.
Isaiah 44:6 ESV
6 Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.
2017 = 7.53 Billion People on Earth
Isaiah 45:5 ESV
5 I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me,
either one religion is right or none are!
God Exists
We Know God Exists
Arguments for God
Teleological
Cosmological
Moral
either God wants contact with us or God doesn’t
if God doesn’t then we can’t
if God does then we can’t… unless
Marvel Movies = Loki / Teseract / Nick Fury
Fury = “we have no quarrel with you” Loki = “an ant has no quarrel with a boot”
You could communicate with an ant if you wanted to
An ant could not communicate with you if it wanted to
Romans 1:18–25 ESV
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
Romans 2:14–16 ESV
For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
Trusty Bibles
We Can Trust Our Bibles
Romans 2:9 ESV
There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek,
We Can Trust Our Bibles
Reasons
historical
scientific
providential
prophetic
logical
personal
ultimate
Who God is
Who we are
Numbers 23:19 ESV
19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
Titus 1:2 ESV
2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began
If the ant does not like what we have to say would that bother you?
Would you need to lie to that ant?
Would you need to hide who you are from that ant?
Would your decisions
Good God
God is Good
if God is Good Then...
Wrong Question !!
God shows His goodness in
creation
action
promises
gifts
commands
LOVE!!!
1 John 4:8 ESV
8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8–9 ESV
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
therefore Jesus!
1 John 4:9 ESV
9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
WAY / TRUTH / LIFE
therefore Jesus!
John 14:6 ESV
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
God is / is Not
One Book
Many gods… where from?
One God
Who is best?
One People
One Salvation
One Messiah
One Gospel
one way / one truth / one life
Matthew 7:13–14 ESV
13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Matt
Acts 4:12 ESV
12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
WAY / TRUTH / LIFE
John 3:16 ESV
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Romans 10:9 ESV
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:13–16 ESV
13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”
Romans 10:9–10 ESV
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
American Non-Christians are most offended by this
reason for offense is not its exclusivity / Implications = Consiquences = Pride
God is Holy
adsg
Psalm 99:9 ESV
9 Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy!
Psalm 5:4–6 ESV
4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. 5 The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. 6 You destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
Man is Sinful
Isq 64.6
Isaiah 64:6 ESV
6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
Romans 3:23 ESV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Sin Deserves Death
Romans 6:23a ESV
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rom 6.23
Hebrews 9:27 ESV
27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,
Jesus Died For You
Romans 6:23b ESV
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rom 6.23b
Romans 6:10 ESV
10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.
Romans 6:23b ESV
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rom 6.23
John 3:16 ESV
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
WAY / TRUTH / LIFE
Only By Grace Through Faith
only by Jesus = WAY / TRUTH / LIFE
John 14:6 ESV
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Acts 4:12 ESV
12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
God Saves All Who Call
exclusivly inclusive !!
Romans 10:9 ESV
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:13 ESV
13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
John 14:6 ESV
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Way / Truth / Life = Loving

Close = Way / Truth / Life = LOVE!!!!!

One Way, One Truth, One Life is exclusive
One Way, One Truth, One Life is inclusive to any who would believe
One Way, one truth, one life is not arrogant, or unloving rather it is glorious because of its oneness it is certain!
Ears To Hear
Origin / Meaning / Morality / Destiny
Origin / Meaning / Morality / Destiny

What about those who have not heard it?

Romans 10:9 ESV
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:13 ESV
13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Romans 10:13–16 ESV
13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”
Matthew 28:18–20 ESV
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Rom 10.13-16
The exclusivity of the gospel should not make us shrink from sharing it rather it should drive us to deliver it!
Prayer
God our Father in heaven, holy be your name your kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven give us today our daily bread and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
This gospel, the gospel, the only gospel gives us hope, purpose, and power!

Benediction

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