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What to Say When They Ask if Jesus Is the Only Way to Heaven

What to Say When They Ask if Jesus Is the Only Way to Heaven

Seriously…I am so sick and tired of answering this question in my youth ministry context: Is Jesus REALLY the only way to heaven?

Our students are having a very difficult time embracing the reality that Jesus is the only way, truth and life without sounding like:

– a non-educated idiot

– arrogant

– judgmental

– a know-it-all

Possible ways to answer:

How To Say Itthree reasons why you need to be careful

1.  Dan Kimball argues in They Like Jesus But Not the Church that our hearts and heads need to be gentle but firm when talking about the exclusive claims of Jesus (1 Peter 3.15).

2.  Dan suggests that we treat others who have different beliefs with respect while strongly claiming Jesus as the way, the truth and the life.

3.  Be ready because claiming absolute certainty in a pluralistic society is considered ludicrous.

What to Say: Nine reasons why Jesus is the only way. ( I stole this from Stand to Reason: Jesus, the Only Way: 100 Verses, Gregory Koukl)

Jesus makes some pretty clear statements about Him being the ONLY WAY (John 14.6, Acts 4.11-12, Acts 16.30-31, 1 Tim 2.5, 1 John 2.23, 1 John 5.11-12, Luke 10.16, Luke 12.8-9, Luke 12.8-9, John 3.18, John 3.36, John 8.24, John 10.7-8b).

Reason #1: Jesus is the only source of salvation for the world (Mark 14.61-62, Acts 16.30-31, Titus 2.13).

Reason #2: Jesus is the Father’s choice (Mark 9.7, Philippians 2.9-11, Hebrews 1.1-3).

Reason #3: Rejection of Jesus is rejection of the Father (John 8.19, John 15.23 Luke 10.16).

Reason #4: Rejection of Jesus brings judgment and wrath; belief in Jesus rescues from wrath (Luke 12.8-9, John 5.24, John 3.18, John 3.36, Acts 3.22-23, 1 Thess 1.9-10, Rev 19.13-16).

Reason #5: Jesus is the one who provides forgiveness from sins (Luke 7.48, John 1.29, Acts 3.38, 40, 1 John 2.2, Romans 8.1).

Reason #6: Many impostors will claim to provide other ways of salvation (Gal 1.8-9, Matthew 7.13-14, John 10.7-8, 10, Matthew 7.15, Mark 13.5-6, Mark 13.22-23, Jude 1.4).

Reason #7: There are no other alternatives for salvation (John 18.37b, Romans 8.8-9, Matthew 26.39, Mark 14.36, Luke 22.41-42, Galatians 2.21, Rev 21.27).

Reason #8: All nations are to be given the gospel (Matthew 28.18-19, Luke 24.47).

Reason #9: Jesus will be man’s judge on the final day (Mark 8.38, Luke 9.26, 1 Peter 3.21b-22, John 5.26-27, Acts 17.30-31, Romans 2.16, 2 Timothy 4.1).

This article originally appeared here.

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Jeremy Zach easily gets dissatisfied with status quo. He reeks with passion and boredom is not in his vocabulary. He becomes wide awake when connecting with student pastors, thinking and writing about student ministry, experimenting with online technology, and working out. He is married to Mikaela and has two calico cats, Stella and Laguna. He lives in Alpharetta, Georgia and is a XP3 Orange Specialist for Orange—a division of the REthink Group. Zach holds a Communication degree from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities and Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.