Daar word op die oomblik in die kerk meer gepraat oor self-ontplooiing as oor self-opoffering.-Anon.......As ‘n kerk haar woorde begin devalueer, dan word die kerk ‘n ramp vir die volk. - K Schilder

8/14/2010

Do all roads lead to God?

Because of racial tensions and looming religious wars all over the world, the interfaith or ecumenical movement is gaining momentum.( Read here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/apr/05/interfaith-movement-gains-new-strength/}

They try to advocate the idea that all roads lead to God. So that is the question: do all roads lead to God? How do we as Christians see this statement: “All roads lead to God”?

3 comments:

Henrietta said...

No, not all roads lead to the God of the Bible.
The Bible says that there is only way to God, only one saviour, Jesus Christ.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Acts 4:10, 12 [The apostle Peter said] Then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.... [12] Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
Ephesians 2:17-18 Paul states that it is through Jesus that both Jew and Gentile “have access to the Father”.

Gideon said...

Henrietta,
You have said it all!
'Nuf said!!

Jaco Steyn said...

Hi Henriëtta & Gideon,

This statement that Jesus allegedly made - "No one comes to the Father except through me", can be interpreted either literally or allegorically. The problem is that most Christians understand it to mean that the belief in Jesus as the "Son of God", is a prerequisite for "coming to the Father". The Gnostics had an allegorical understanding of this text. They saw Jesus as a human being who was very conscious of the Divinity within himself – in other words more "Christ"-conscious than the average person. The allegorical understanding can be understood as follows – “No one comes to the Father [the Unknown God of the Gnostics] except through me [by also manifesting the "Christ Consciousness" in their lives]". Many Gnostics were universalists, i.e. they believed that everybody will eventually "go to the Father" and that nobody will spend eternity in hell. The Christian "literalists" used their understanding of the text to formulate their dogmas about Christ’s atonement and their belief that only believers in Jesus Christ as part of the Trinity and his sacrifice on the cross, can go to Heaven in the hereafter.