Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Is Jesus the Only Way to Salvation?

This is a tricky question for many. Probably many Christians wondered how one should response to this question. Doubting may not be a sin, but if one believed the truth of the Bible, this question should not be a problem.

Basically there are three stands regarding this question.

1. Pluralism – Pluralists believed that there are many paths to God. People do not have to believe in Jesus to be saved. One prominent pluralist is Professor John Hick, Philosopher of Religion, U.K
2. Inclusivism – Although Jesus has done work to bring us back to God, people can also be saved by responding positively to creation perhaps even through other religions. People do not need to know Christ to be saved. E.g of inclusivist , Clark Pinnock, Christian Theologian, Canada.
3. Exclusivism – Exclusivists said Jesus is the only Saviour and only through Jesus one can be saved. People like John Piper, Senior Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Theologian, Bruce Ware, Professor of Christian Theology are exclusivists.

If you are a true believer and believe in the truth of the Bible, you would certainly be an exclusivist. Personally I feel that as a Christian we certainly have to subscribe to the view that only through Christ we can be saved. It is also stated very clearly in John 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. Apostle Paul confirmed saying “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”. ( Act 4:12)

Hallelujah! Jesus alone is the Saviour!

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