Anything that one imagines of God apart from Christ is only useless thinking and vain idolatry.  

-Martin Luther

 

As we discussed yesterday—Jesus is the Savior, not the judge, for those who trust in him alone.  And yes—the news is most terrible for those who don’t. 

If you have ever been married you understand the need for exclusivity.  Most marriages that are more than simple arrangements won’t last if not.  The vast majority of husbands don’t want their wives having a pool boy and the same applies to wives—they won’t tolerate a mistress.  If you want your marriage to last—let alone enjoy a good one—there’s only room for one.  

I recently watched the film Fracture which featured Anthony Hopkins (a favorite of mine).   Hopkins plays a husband who catches his wife in an affair only to have her lie to his face about it—he then murders her in cold blood and ends up framing her lover who just so happens to be the detective who arrives on the crime scene.   You’ll have to watch the movie to find out how it turns out.

Some things don’t leave room for two.

The exclusivity presented in the Gospel and the subsequent Epistles of Paul and others goes directly against the grain of modern thought—that thought which runs rampant and says there are many paths to God.  There is no tolerance within the Scriptures—or biblical Christianity I’d say—for any such notions of plurality when it comes to salvation.  When it comes to Who we must get to heaven by trusting solely we can’t have Buddha and Jesus—or even Jesus and Mary for that matter. 

You don’t have to go any further than the most popular television personality on the planet to get a dose of what I am talking about.  Oprah shares her views openly:   

One of the biggest mistakes humans can make is to believe there is only one way. Actually, there are many diverse paths leading to what you call God.

He says I am the way–not one of several diverse paths.  

 11 ‘This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 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.’   (Acts 4:11-12, ESV) 

The gate remains narrow—It’s Jesus plus no one.

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