Non-Christian religions start with a misunderstanding of the human problem, then propose a solution that does not include Christ. Wrong religions not only lack Christ, they don’t even have an equivalent to Him. If you were to draw a diagram showing the relationships among man, religious teachers, Christ, and God the Father, other religions would put their founders where we put the apostles and prophets; they would have nobody to put in the place of Christ. Mohammed, Buddha, and others claimed to show the way, but could not say, “I am the way.” They didn’t save, but gave directions for salvation. Without an understanding of Christ, there is no understanding of the need of atonement for sin. Sacrifices in other religions are usually prices paid for the gods’ favor in the problems of life; they are not atonements for sin, and if considered atonements they would be pitifully inadequate.
Christianity worships a personal God who cares about humanity. Other religions follow impersonal gods unconcerned with man’s welfare.
Christianity identifies sin as man’s central problem and presents a Savior who provides pardon and purity to solve it. Other religions claim that man’s chief problem is ignorance of his own innate divinity (Hinduism), or suffering because of desires centered on temporal things (Buddhism), and they prescribe steps for man to overcome his problem (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam).
Christianity offers us a joyous eternity in the presence of the God who loves and cares for us. Other religions offer entrance into nirvana, where the ego is extinguished (Buddhism), a merging and disappearance of the individual into the “impersonal oneness” (Hinduism), or a paradise filled with sensual delights (Islam).
Christianity offers a “know-so” relationship with God. Adherents of other religions have no assurance of their rightness with God.
Which “religion” do you think offers salvation?
We say that other religions cannot lead a person to salvation because Jesus said so. “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). The exclusive claim of Jesus is in direct contradiction to the pluralistic world in which we live. “All roads lead to heaven,” we are told, but they don’t.
The degradation that emanates from many third-world countries is a direct result of people living out the beliefs of those “other religions.” Whether it is the abuse of women, child prostitution, or abject poverty, many of these religions of the world actually make those problems worse, not better. They are based on man’s efforts to find transcendent truth, which only God can reveal to us.
Even where those other religions contain elements of spiritual truth, they cannot lead a person to salvation. Only Jesus Christ can save from sin.
Many people respect Christians who claim Jesus as their Savior if we “accept that others will follow their own path to salvation.” The exclusivity of Christianity offends many in our pluralistic society.
However, Jesus claimed, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Jesus left us only two options:
A) If Jesus’ claim is true, there is no other path to salvation.
B) If Jesus’ claim is false, then He is not the way, the truth, or the life. In that case, the claims of Christianity collapse.
So I must choose – either Christianity is the only way to salvation or Christianity provides no path to salvation.
Which is more loving - to state eternal truth in unmistakable terms or to weaken the truth and lead others to damnation?
As unpopular as it is, both biblical fidelity and Christian love demand that we proclaim God’s truth, “There is no other way.”
No religion except Christianity promotes the person of Jesus Christ. Some religions promote works; others promote works; while still others enable . . . did I say “works?” Actually, without Jesus Christ, there is no salvation. Men attempt many different means, devise various schemes, and describe strenuous paths to find salvation, but apart from Christ, there is none! It is He Who is Salvation. He is the Giver of Life. He is the Extender of Hope. He is the Emancipator from sin’s bondage! Without Christ, one cannot find help . . . eternal help. The Bible says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Why do we say that other religions cannot lead a person to salvation? It is because of Jesus Christ!