Just a Book on the Shelf?

In the religion section of a big-box store book department, I found books about Christianity next to books on Eastern religions and Islam. The Bible was next to the Quran and down just a bit from the sayings of Confucius.

The message I walked away with was this: “Here are all the options for religion; any one of them is good if you need it, just make a choice.”

But, is this true? Is the Bible just another book on the shelf? Is Christianity just one among many viable options?

If I believed this, I would quit my job as a pastor and just flounder hopelessly on in life until one day I would die.

I believe the words of Jesus Christ in the Bible when he says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Jesus says, “I am the way…” He didn’t say, “I can show you the way.” There is a major difference between Christianity and any other religion. If we could see Mohammed, he would be pointing away from himself saying, “I can show you the way.” Buddha is often seen pointing his finger in a certain direction as if to say, “I can show you the way.” But, Jesus doesn’t need to point in any other direction than at himself. Jesus doesn’t show us the way: Jesus IS the way.

If we were looking for a personal relationship with Mohammed it would be impossible, Mohammed is no longer living. If one was looking for a personal relationship with Buddha it would be impossible, Buddha is no longer living. They are not the way, they are prophets who lived and died. They could only point to the way. Jesus IS the way.

You can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He is very much alive. As you give your life to Christ, you are giving your life to the way. He wraps his loving arms around and holds on to you forever. He is the way.

– Dave Huizenga