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Jesus is not just another cool alternative in life. Jesus is the Answer to life.
If Jesus is just another religious alternative in life's buffet of spiritualities, then I'm not interested. If that was all Jesus was I would check out of the faith. Why choose "take up your cross and deny yourself" Christianity among religious alternatives when I could pick among Moralistic Therapeutic Deism or Oprahism or Religion Lite (like "Eckhart Tolle" - btw not his real name - beware of people who change their name to be awesome), or even Atheism (since as far as I can tell atheism demands nothing).
I am not spiritually interested in "It works for me." I need to know. I need "It is true." If it is not true (which would then mean, logically, it is not true for everyone, because that is just the nature of truth), then I'm not with Jesus no matter how it works. I will not invest my life in a falsehood.
Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.No one comes to the Father except by me." (John 14:6) Jesus said that, not me. His claim interests me. It is a bold and radical. It is a marginalizing claim. Do not freak out by this fact, since all truth marginalizes. Period. "Truth" is not egalitarian. Truth divides. Necessarily. I could never accept the inherent irrationality of the subjectivist fallacy, which says there is "my truth" and "your truth." For God's sake take a logic class and get over this nonsense! If it is not true that Jesus is the way then it is not true for everyone. And if it is true that Jesus is the way then it is true for everyone.
Forty-five years ago I came to believe that Jesus is the way and that, ipso facto, it is necessarily true for everyone. (This coming Wed. [March 25, 9:30 AM at Redeemer] I will teach on "Is Jesus the Only Way to God?")