Girl to Girl Talk: How Do We Know Jesus Is ‘The Way’?
Written by Christi Given | January 28, 2013
Every week I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and council. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions, and ask for advice on many topics as well.
This week, one question in particular caught my eye:
“How do we know that Christianity is THE religion? … This is for a friend of mine, and I’d like as many answers as I can get. My friend is going through a difficult time in her life, and she isn’t sure about Christianity anymore…She’s researched a lot of other religions and stuff, so with me… I’m pretty sure Christianity is the ONLY one that’s more of a relationship than a religion. My reasoning for this was A.) Jesus was sent down to die for us, because God loved us so much. And B.) because God forgives us no matter how many times we screw up…”
How do we know Jesus is the way? First, you need to understand the worldview and doctrine of a follower of Christ.There are many different doctrines and faiths that love Jesus and respect Him, but don’t believe He is the Messiah.
Christians believe in the Bible sola scriptura, which means we believe the Bible has all the information needed for salvation. We believe in faith that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and that he redeemed us from eternal death. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice and the awaited Messiah the Old Testament discusses.
According to the Jewish tradition, there had to be an animal sacrifice, the shedding of blood, for sin (Leviticus Ch. 1-5). Why the shedding of blood, you ask? Because life is in the blood, just as it is so in our bodies. Without it, there is no life. Without the shedding of blood, there was no remission of sins.
But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once and for all, having obtained eternal redemption of sins (Hebrews 9:11-12).
Jesus ended these traditional sacrifices with the ultimate gift of salvation and forgiveness. Now, we don’t have to go out and offer a lamb, goat or dove to a priest or rabbi. The Christian faith is simple: Believe God sent His One and only Son (Jesus), the awaited Messiah, promised in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. God sent Jesus to show his love for the world and our broken condition of sin (John 3:16).
Christianity isn’t about a religion; it’s a relationship.
Out of all the religions in the world that I have studied, there is no faith-based religion or belief system that provides a real relationship. The God of Israel is our One true God and is a keeper of His covenant. He promised the Messiah to the people, and we are now invited to enter in to the Kingdom of God by FAITH. It is so powerful and so simple.
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:31).
When we die, we give an account of our actions and our lives. Jesus paid the price for our sins and took our place because we all could never be Holy and perfect, but Jesus was. He died and rose again for you.
No other belief systems indicate their entities or gods died for them or rose again. I can tell you that Jesus is alive! He is real and wants a personal relationship with you, and everyone has that chance! This is good news, my friends!
How is this the only way to God? Because in John chapter 14, Jesus explains that He is the door, He is the way and that God can’t have fellowship with us when we sin. Jesus bridges that gap and gives us the relationship.
Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known Me, you would have known my Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him’ (John 14:6-7).
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What do you think, girls? What else would you add?