7 Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. (John 10:7-9 NIV)
You’ve probably heard the phrase before. It is the most common “belief” in our land today. It’s the message of the masses. It is the least common denominator and the most beloved of all the tenets of the “spiritually” minded.” What is it? What is the belief that seems to have gained a dominant foothold from the foothills of Maine to the mountainous coast of California? It is this: “There are many paths to God.” The Spiritual Science Research Foundation voices what I’ve heard over and over again by the “spiritually” minded seeker.
When climbing a mountain each climber thinks his way is the only way. But when he reaches the top of the mountain, he realizes that there were an infinite number of ways that could have taken him to the top. Likewise there are as many paths to God as there are people. (http://tinyurl.com/ycxkwu7)
Sounds good, sounds reasonable, but it doesn’t sound like Jesus at all. Jesus said, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.” As Jesus was preparing to go to the Cross He told His followers that He was going away to prepare a place for them. Jesus said, “You know the way to the place where I am going?” (John 14:4 NIV) Jesus’ followers were as confused as many of us who think thoughts about Heaven. Thomas spoke up. “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (John 14:5 NIV) Jesus didn’t respond to Thomas in the way that The Spiritual Science Research Foundation would have responded to Thomas. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 NIV)
HE IS THE ONE. There are many “paths” that we can choose in life, but they are all dead ends except for one. The way to God is not a “path” at all, but rather it is a Person. You want to know God, then get to know Jesus.
My prayer today, Lord, is that You might open the eyes of those who are seeking truth so that we might all see You with 20/20 vision.