“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12, NIV84)
But why? Why can’t there be more ways to heaven than one? Why can’t we all find our own personal way to God and to truth? Are you telling me that in the diverse world we live in, there can’t be multiple paths to God? These are the common questions I hear from people who think Christianity is too myopic and exclusive. I even hear these questions from Christians at times. They feel that God is being too restrictive, and this comes across as unloving.
Now, follow my train of thinking here. In all the questions that were raised above, what is the one thing they all have in common? The one asking the question doesn’t like the way God is thinking. Or put another way, they want God to think more like themselves. But wait a minute, isn’t this what got Adam and Eve in trouble in the first place? God said they could eat from any tree in the garden but one, but they thought that was too restrictive and so they ate from the one that was forbidden. You see, it doesn’t matter how many options God might provide. Our sinful nature will want to do what God prohibits.
We need to understand that God has a right to declare a singular path to His kingdom. He is God, after all. Nothing like telling the one who created us and redeemed us that He did it wrong. But most important, I believe God made salvation to be in Jesus alone for a very loving reason. God didn’t want there to be any questions, doubts or confusion. With precision and clarity He redeemed us through the life and death of Jesus. For thousands of years He prophesied about the One who would come to redeem humanity, and in the name of Jesus, He did just that. With this singular approach to salvation God makes it the same for all humanity. No one can say He shows favoritism. On judgment day humanity will be judged by one thing … whether they believed in Jesus as their Savior. No other works, paths, hoops are necessary. There won’t be any last-minute surprises, because there is salvation in no one else. For no other name has been given to men by which we must be saved.
May we all find our salvation in the precious name of Jesus!