When individuals can’t live up to the required standards, human nature has a tendency to wonder, is there another way? This temptation may cause some in leadership roles to make an exception, bend the rules a little bit or stretch the truth. This mindset didn’t go so well for Adam and Eve, kicked out of the Garden of Eden for breaking God’s only rule.
After going a little farther, He fell to the ground [distressed by the weight of His spiritual burden] and began to pray that if it were possible [in the Father’s will], the hour [of suffering and death for the sins of mankind] might pass from Him, Mark 14:35.
When the thought of suffering and dying on a cross entered Jesus’ mind, raw emotions began to come out. After sharing his concerns with his inner circle, Jesus turned to prayer to lift up his burdens to his heavenly father. During this time of prayer, Jesus essentially asked God if there was another way, an alternative to dying. However, the more Jesus prayed, he came to the conclusion that there is only one way to complete God’s will, suffer and die on a cross.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me, John 14:6.
Skeptics of Christianity are offended by the shear arrogance of Jesus, claiming to be the only way to heaven. While other religions share similar elements with Christianity, Jesus is only one who is exclusive. These comments inspired C.S. Lewis to write a chapter entitled Lord, Liar or Lunatic? Lewis covers each aspect of these terms, examining the true nature of Jesus. As a former atheist, this thorough analysis transformed his life from a person of science into a man of faith. While mankind will continue to seek another way to heaven, Jesus remains only plausible path to eternal life. Don’t take my words; read Mere Christianity for yourself in case you still think there is another way.
by Jay Mankus