How can a person have a relationship with God? We live in an age of numerous religions, philosophies, and theories about God. Some would say every religion ultimately leads to God. Some would say religion isn’t even necessary to get to God. But Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” (John 14:6)
It is interesting that if a preacher, or any other Christian makes this statement they are often labeled as intolerant, unloving, or too exclusive. But the important thing to remember is that the idea of salvation through Christ alone was not invented by fundamentalist preachers, but rather proclaimed by Christ Himself. I have always found it perplexing to hear someone claim to be a Christian, and yet deny the very teachings of Christ. The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is God in human form (see John 1:14). If Jesus is truly God the Son, then whatever He proclaims has to be truth. God doesn’t make mistakes. God is never wrong. And God certainly doesn’t need our approval when proclaiming the only way to salvation.
Christ is the only way to the Father. But it is important to realize that simply having an intellectual belief in Christ does not save you. The Apostle Paul preached a gospel of “repentance toward God, and faith in Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:21) Repentance means we turn from our sin and ask God’s forgiveness. Faith means we place our trust in Jesus Christ as the undisputed King and Lord of our lives. Are you willing to do that?
Most people are not and consequently will have an eternity in Hell to ponder their choices on Earth. Maybe you are different. Maybe God’s Holy Spirit is touching your heart right now. Is He drawing you and convicting you of your sin? There is only one correct response to Him. Repent and give your life to Christ. Follow Him in this world. Live with Him in eternal joy in the next world. He is the only way to salvation. Do you believe Him? Will you trust in Him? Or will you listen to the overabundance of confused voices calling you down a million different spiritual roads, which all lead to eternal destruction (see Matthew 7:13).
Your soul is nothing to play around with. I encourage you to consider carefully what Jesus has said. Think clearly about your options in this life. And commit your life to Him.