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“Why Is There ONLY One Way to God?” the People Whined.

faith Indeed. This reminds me of how people complain all the time when Christians say, “There is only one way to God”. People say, “WHY only one? Who says there’s ONLY one??” They never stop to consider the most salient point: why should there BE one at all? Whoever said mankind deserves to live any longer than the animals do? Who says we should have more than the world around us? Is not this one life enough? Did you not get what every animal got? A time to live, breath, love, breed, grow and then die? Whoever said humans should live forever? And if they got to live forever, whoever mandated that we deserve to live forever in JOY? In fact, who said that God should even be good? Could not our Maker have been evil? Couldn’t he have enslaved us instead of loved us? Everyone just assumes that God should be good and that mankind should live forever and because God must be good, that our everlasting life will be a joy. But really, why should any of this be? We are just LUCKY that it is this way! And we should be incredibly grateful for God being good and that he loved us enough to give us ANY way to eternal life in joy. Because there is no rule that said it could not have been otherwise. Ever thought of that?

The very people who will moue like babies in this way are always non-Christians and interestingly enough, are almost always atheists who profess that this animal life is all there is anyways! So why are they complaining one way or another? Without God, there is no logic.

Considering that every human at least got one chance to live, one would think people would be content. But when presented with any way to live past this mortal existence, you’d think people would be terribly excited indeed! You’d also think that the fact that it is so easy to obtain this everlasting life would make all of mankind joyous, not critical.

I mean, is there any other belief system out there where eternal life is so easy to obtain? Is there?

Heck, going through multiple lives trying to get closer and closer to perfection until you reach Nirvana sounds like hell to me. Is not one life difficult enough? Imagine doing it hundreds of times and screwing up every single one of them!! Geeze, in that ‘religion’, you can even go backward in life! Man, I would want eternal death than that nightmare! Just let me off that crazy ride!

Being a Mormon and having to outdo your neighbors with good works so that you can have a ‘better’ heaven sounds like hell to me too. Just think, the Jones next door will forever have the bigger mansion in heaven and you will live on the wrong side of the heavenly tracks for ETERNITY- without a chance to improve your situation! And all because you screwed up in this life. That is WORSE than life on earth! At least here, you can change the things you messed up.

How about Buddhists? They work to want …. NOTHING! Now, that is the most inhumane thing of all. I suppose that rocks want nothing. I don’t want to be a rock. And certainly not forever. Doesn’t the human heart SOAR? Does it not weep for joy? Does it not crave the LIGHT? Justice? GOOD? It is impossible to want nothing. Unless you are truly dead. I WANT life and I want a complete one. That notion is nonsense.

And Muslims. How the heck are those people supposed to earn heaven? They, like the Jews, are stuck with a harsh system of obedience that is completely impossible to uphold for any human being. Their constant and inevitable mistakes and sins will constantly burden their hearts because they know that every time they sin, they are one step FARTHER away from God and eternal life. Talk about depressing!

But yet, here we have Jesus. He is God’s Son. He is our Lord. He is KING- a king more powerful than any U.S. president. A king more powerful than any Caesar, any Stalin, any Genghis Kahn, any Babylonian king or any other kind of world leader that has ever existed or who will ever exist. Jesus doesn’t need an army. He can SPEAK our destruction. The mere breath from his mouth could undo the laws of nature, time and existence. His mere thought could make all matter.. end. In a moment- with less than the crook of his finger. THIS is the power he owns inherently in his body and being. And what did this king do? Did he set up a million laws for human beings to scrabble around trying to accomplish for him? Is that how he wishes to be pleased? Did he ask for sacrifices from us- gold, lives, precious stones or even our children? Is that how he wishes to be pleased? Did he ask us to do a mountain of ‘good works’ to prove our love and loyalty to him? No, no, no, and NO! None of these things please him. Why? Because he doesn’t need any of them. He is already content and whole. Those things are beneath his notice. And most of all, because his heart isn’t made that way.

Although he contains such power, he chooses to not use it. That is called, ‘confidence’. Instead, he pities us. He looks at us and he sees how blind and miserable we really are. He sees how Satan, the prince of this world, has lied to us, has injured us as children and as adults and he understands why we hate, why we struggle, why we are angry, mean and rejecting. He knows why we kill, argue with our spouse, steal from work, abuse our children. He knows all this and has compassion. His heart is moved to love, not anger when he considers our condition. This is even greater than a mother considering her child as they err.

Heck, he chose to live as one of us so that he could deliver God’s gift of salvation to us in a way we could understand and believe. He doesn’t need us to believe, he wants us to believe- not for his sake, but for ours. Because he knows our pain, he wants so very much to give us a way out of it. By coming as someone we could see, touch, talk to and watch, how could we not believe him? Also, he performed miracle after miracle- not so much to just help those people, but to convince you and I that he really is God’s Son. He wanted to prove this, not because he is an ego maniac, but because he wanted his promise of salvation to be CREDIBLE in our eyes. Why should we believe just anyone who told us about this remarkable idea that our souls would live after our bodies died? No! We limited humans (can we see time, energy, space?) need credible proof before we believe anything. By doing these miracles in front of so many witnesses, Jesus left us credible proof of his identity. Therefore, and here is the most important part, we can also believe that this magnificent king had come to save us, not condemn us. And by going through the exact birth, life, death and resurrection that we will also experience, he proved that all his words were true. God had a reason for Jesus to come to earth and allow himself to experience the entire lifecycle of humans. And that reason was love. God doesn’t need us in heaven with him. But guess what? He WANTS us in heaven with us. His entire intention for us was so that we would become his beloved children. He wanted children. He wanted us as a parent wants to bring their child into being to live with them. Sin separates us from him. Jesus’ willing sacrifice paved the way for us to get to God- where we literally belong. How awesome is that?

THIS is why, when we finally come to God, through Jesus, we feel set free. Satan lies and tells people that to serve God is to be a slave. Ha! But when we are not with God, our Father, we are literally living with a deep sad craving that we try to fill with every worldly thing- sex, love, money, work- all to no avail. That is because that need IS God. We are literally built to be with him. We are actually set free when we become complete beings. When we come into our own, by being in God, we are loosed from the physical restraints and boundaries of this physical world and from the lies of satan. That is the nature of the joy we experience as Christians. Oh, the irony of it all!

And what does he ask, this king of ours, in return for this remarkable gift? This gift that not only gives joy in our eternal lives- but joy in our earthly lives? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. He holds it out in his hand and we are to walk up and take it. That’s it. So simple.

So… why would anyone ask for another way to God?? That is exactly like having a giant, modern, smooth, beautifully decorated, traffic free, high speed, police free highway to downtown Chicago with incredible parking at the end and instant bus service to work – all for free and asking, “Hey, why is this the ONLY way to get to Chicago???” Would you want to throttle that spoiled brat? Yeah, me too.

When you consider this incredible gift and the simple nature of it and then look around at human beings complaining, having temper tantrums and asking for even more, that is when you truly wonder at God’s incredible patience, love and understanding. You can even get to the point where you wonder why he cares about us as a species at all! We don’t DESERVE anything but a big spanking, my people. Yep. There it is. I said it. But instead, our Father in heaven gave us his son- something not one of us would do for each other- who offered up his life, time, love and body just so that we could get back to our natural selves- our oneness with God, so that we can be happy again. That is love, my friends. That is love.


  1. I absolutely love your blog, SLR. Thank you for putting the TRUTH out there. Gonna share with my FB friends. Keep ’em coming! God Bless!!!

    • Askme, I truly feel that you have a heart after God. But I also feel that you FEAR retribution too much. Jesus said we would be HATED for his name. And he told us to BEWARE when the world loves us. In other words, if the world loves/accepts you, you are not doing the work of Christ. And if you are serving Jesus, the world will HATE you. It can only love its own. He also made it clear that this is a black or white proposition. You serve one or the other. I feel that you wish to serve Jesus, but think Christians need to put some kind of mask on so that ‘our message’ doesn’t get lost. I understand. When I was very young, I thought I was wise in that way too. But this is a deep falsehood and it is directly from satan. Be honest with yourself and ask why you are so afraid to copy Christ’s own example? He most certainly did call names and he most certainly did lose his temper. God has done both those things. AND God said that he HATES certain kinds of people. We serve an awesome and powerful and yes, a fearful God at times. His is mostly loving, but if you cross him, you will die and he will send you to hell- where there WILL be gnashing of teeth and crying. People fail to recognize this part of their character. Or we try to play it down. But that is leaning onto your own understanding. EVERYTHING about God and Jesus is relevant and important. We don’t need to choose among their words or actions. They are ALL good and necessary for mankind to develop properly in their walk with God. FEAR is the beginning of wisdom- from Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived and who ever WILL live. Thus, the righteous anger plays a direct role in our Christian lives- Jesus told us to BE like him in every way. Well, it is natural for a Christian to feel righteous anger. What bothered me most about your comment on that last article is that the very first thing out of your mouth is criticism for HOW I said it. That shows that your focus is wrong. Your first focus must be on these two women and the horrific bodily & emotional devastation being visited on that helpless boy. You need to ask yourself how much sympathy you have for those two women due to your own need to accept and love your mother. I promise you that you missed the boat on that article. And based on your followup comments, you are failing to understand the fierceness of God and also of Jesus. We don’t get to remake God and Jesus into OUR image. Just because it FEELS more loving if we do. They personify LOVE perfectly. And anger is part of it. And name calling? Whose name calling? Sometimes what you perceive as name calling is simply recognition of that person’s character. Are we to avoid the truth about that? No. Jesus didn’t. Now, as to my last comments that I would not regret it if they went to hell, well, that makes me human, doesn’t it? For you to focus so minutely on that point is to show your own weakness of faith and lack of proper biblical focus. You need to see what is IMPORTANT and what is unimportant. I wasn’t going to respond to you in this way and was going to just throw your comment away. But the Holy Spirit has prompted me to write this to you. Take it as it is intended- a correction from a fellow Christian.

      • Dear SLR,
        I am grateful for your response. I’ve been asking the Lord to work here. I agree with so much of what you have to say above (but I would appreciate citations about where “God said that he HATES certain kinds of people,”) I just think perhaps you have the wrong girl. I wonder if you have read any of the links that I listed in my response that is awaiting moderation on your other post.

        In two response on that post you said “I wrote that very thing to Askme and she wouldn’t address Jesus’ very own example of righteous anger- and *GASP*, name calling” to Blue. And you said, “She didn’t bother responding to my comments about the examples set forth by John the Baptist and Jesus himself” to Martha. I did respond to those comments. You just haven’t allowed it to post.

        If my motivation was to please people and not make waves then why would I devote my entire blog to deconstructing the argument for gay marriage, a position that all of my closest family members zealously support. There is a cost for my speaking out on this subject. (Matt 10:37)

        Again, the only way for you to believe that I am not hated for the message of Christ is for you to not read my blog or the comments that follow, especially here and here

      • Askme, I did not see any comment where you addressed the fact that both Jesus and John the Baptist both called people ‘names’ and called them LOUDLY to the mat- and in front of many people. Second, read my post here which cites several examples where God specifically says he hates people who do certain things as well as the things they do:

      • Thanks for the reply, SLR. I have reposted my May 19 response on that post and highlighted my statement about Jesus and John the Baptist there. Would be glad to discuss further if you see the need.

      • I wrote a longer response to this but it got blown away. So, I will make this short. The only thing you referenced concerning John the Baptist & Jesus ‘calling names’ was that they DID do it, but ONLY to the leaders of the time. And thus, you extrapolate that the only people we can ‘call names’ (as in ‘evil doer’, ‘den of vipers’, ‘hypocrites’, and the modern equivalents thereof) are the religious leaders of our day. All I have to say is this: you are biblically incorrect that Jesus and John the Baptist only directed these ‘names’ at leaders- they addressed the entire crowd and the entire ‘generation’ with these scathing and TRUE assessments many times. Peter condemned the entire Jewish crowd for killing Jesus! Not just the leadership! It most certainly was not ONLY toward the leadership. Thus, your point that I am wrong to ‘call names’ (which is nothing more than the truest assessment of these women) at ‘lay’ people is false. They are exactly as I assessed them to be. And there is nothing immoral about stating that as fact. In fact, it is necessary to point out their character, their selfish motives and their hatred toward men. It is critical to state that they failed as ‘women’ with their relationships with men and thus resent men. How can that NOT play into their immediate and quick decision to ‘convert’ their boy into a girl? It is critical to understanding how dangerous these types of homosexual parents are. Their very psychosis concerning men MUST play a huge part is WHY they did this to their boy. And you are remiss not to point it out. That is NOT what Jesus would have done. He would not have gone and simply given these women ‘love’. He would have COMMANDED them to stop hurting this child BEFORE he offered them eternal life. I hate to even THINK what John the Baptist would have said to these two. That is the end of this particular discussion.

      • So, you concede that I responded to your comment and yes, answered that Jesus and John the Baptist made these statements to those who had the full revelation of God. Obviously we disagree about to whom we get to name-call. In my response, I also included commandments from Jesus Himself about how we are treat our enemi. My objection was that you wrote this to Marth (and Blue) “Askme just wrote another passive aggressive message back- I’m not sure why. She didn’t bother responding to my comments about the examples set forth by John the Baptist and Jesus himself.”

        You either purposefully lied to them or unintentionally misled them about my response. Even if you choose not to print my response to your heated rebuttal to me, would you please correct your statement to them? It was unfair at best, and deceptive at worst.

      • Thank you. That sounds fair. I haven’t yet seen my second comment published after that thread, the one that would offer clarity to Martha and Blue. Perhaps I have missed it? Please let me know if it has expired and I will re-submit.

      • Askme, I do not owe you an explanation for a single thing I do. I’m not sure why you should be surprised that I don’t print all comments! lol! I thought everyone knew that about me. Your freedom of speech ended at my doorstep, as it were. I tolerate those I wish to and those who are pests or trolls get the boot. Now, clearly you have a problem with that. Too bad.

      • The assumption that there is only one path to God presumes that all other paths are incorrect. Faith is a crack in the meanderings of human frailty. An error in the primitive brain. The SINGLE PATH ASSUMPTION is a necessity in ALL religions to propagate fear and to extend the population of each secular group. There is no Truth in Faith, Truth is fact, Faith is assumption, a human delusion. We believe because we believe. Truth is supported by proof, Faith is supported by nothing but Faith, it is circular logic. We are tricked into faith and the belief in deities by a process of well ordered lies. If you seek faith, then do so with the warning that belief in the unseen is no more supported than believing that the Magician actually DID make the tiger in the cage disappear before your very eyes. We must realize that as humans, we are very easily tricked by our own set of perceptive senses.

        Faith is an amazing tool, but without proof, It is just that, a tool, an excuse to cease the search for Factual Truth so we can carry on with the immediate needs of life. A lie designed to trick the human mind into performing in a place other than reality and sometimes a trick to lead us down an unwise path and to be used by the unscrupulous. The belief in a SINGLE PATH TO GOD only divides us and invites distrust, misunderstanding, prejudice and hatred among disparate groups. It is the bane of humanity and the source of man’s inability to communicate past his primitive boundaries. Belief in the unseen and unproven will be the eventual undoing of humanity as a whole as man attempts to destroy those who disagree with his baseless mental delusions.

      • Rod, perhaps if you had FAITH in God, he would reward you with the success of your failing business & your family troubles. Have you ever thought of that? But what can you expect in life when you dishonor the One who made you? He has the power to bring you LIFE and everything good within it. And he has the power to take it all away. Do you understand what the following verse means?

        “Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” Jesus Christ Matt. 13:12

        It means that to those with great faith in God, God will give even MORE faith. To those with little faith, he will steal even that small amount away from them. Those who mock God, reject him or work tirelessly to disobey him at some point will lose God’s grace. His patience will be worn thin. And then… your heart will become quite as a tomb. You will no longer feel God. God will intentionally harden your heart. See here- God is telling Isaiah to tell the Israelis this- it is almost a curse because they continued to worship idols & refused to acknowledge God’s existence:

        ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
        be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
        10 Make the heart of this people calloused;
        make their ears dull
        and close their eyes.[a]
        Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
        hear with their ears,
        understand with their hearts,
        and turn and be healed.”

        He will harden your heart so that you can NOT see, hear or understand him anymore- and you will NOT be healed. Terrifying. We see the same theme here in Romans:

        “18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

        21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

        24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

        26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

        28Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

        Denying God, who is evident, will only lead you to a certain death. You will be left with only this wretched world and all it has to offer- which is nothing more than meaninglessness. All hope of ‘more to life’ and ‘purpose to life’ and ‘living a meaningful life’ will float away on the wind, leaving you a mere husk of a man. Without hope, without faith and without a DREAM of something more, what is a man? Nothing more than an animal that is born, lives & dies. That’s it. You are the equivalent of a dog.

        Rod, this is my very last response to you. I want you to know that after this, I will put you, your email and your IP address on my block list- I won’t even see if you respond. I tell you this so that you can just rest after you read- no need to retaliate. I don’t mean to pry. But you have become that man full of dry wind. Your days are coming to a close and your life has been bitter. God has hardened your heart because of all your insolence toward him. There was a day you knew of him- quite naturally, in fact. And then, you blamed him for your life. You rejected his son and thought you could do it alone. You didn’t want to stop the sin in your life- bending the knee to King Jesus was more than your manly pride could bear. And now, look at you. Well past middle aged with what to show?

        Jesus CAN help you. And he will forgive you- God will forgive you too, for all the times you have mocked his name. All you need to do is ASK for forgiveness. All you need to do is put down your sin today and simply follow Jesus. It really is that simple. Is there some guarantee that your business, marriage and family will be instantly healthy & healed? Of course not. But YOU will be healed. There is a joy that no man can know unless he has sought the face of God. I know that joy. I experience it every day, Ron. Pride is ugly and begets not one single good thing in this life. Satan has lied to you for years now. Most especially that God is now your enemy and that you can’t turn back to him at any time- regardless of your sins against him. God would rather you return to him than to destroy you. See here- even before Jesus, God didn’t want to harm anyone- he WISHES to forgive:

        ” 25“Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear, you Israelites: Is my way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust? 26If a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin, they will die for it; because of the sin they have committed they will die. 27But if a wicked person turns away from the wickedness they have committed and does what is just and right, they will save their life. 28Because they consider all the offenses they have committed and turn away from them, that person will surely live; they will not die. 29Yet the Israelites say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Are my ways unjust, people of Israel? Is it not your ways that are unjust?

        30“Therefore, you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. 31Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel? 32For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!” -Ezekiel 18

        And I hope you already know of Jesus’ words of forgiveness. Remember the thief (and probable murderer) on the cross? HE never did a good thing in his life- but he repented and asked Jesus to remember him, to ‘save’ him from his very near death. And Jesus did.

        Rod, do you really want to die? Alone? Do you really want your essence to be snuffed out forever? Can you really bear that idea? Don’t you WANT to live forever? Don’t you want to know what perfection & joy FEEL like? Don’t you want to LIVE with passion, joy, completeness, love, acceptance, friendship and peace? Where does your stubbornness lead you? Where has it led you? LOOK at your life!

        Rod, there is MORE to our existence than this miserable physical world full of evil people. You know there is. I am not here to argue with you, condemn you or to debate you. I am hoping that you will LISTEN- just this one last time, to an offer from the LORD to you! Come to Jesus and apologize for your sins. Be forgiven and LIVE in the grace of God. You will never be the same. You will live a life like no other.

        Rod, I wish you well. I truly hope you get to know Jesus. He really is so… sweet. Friends, Susan

  2. Rod, there is only one God. And the way to the Father is through Jesus Christ. All other religions do NOT worship the same god known by different names. Allah is not Christianity’s Triune God, for example. Many people think that we all worship the same god, but it is not so. Any god that is not the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is a false god. So, we are required to do NOTHING for our own salvation. Jesus did it all by being the ultimate sacrifice. Grace is God’s gift to us. His only requirement for us is our faith in Him. I pray you find it.

  3. I had to share this post with my fb friends…I have often wondered why people “whine” about “only one way” It is simple and free, salvation! I pray that others reading your words will have the lights turned on in their minds and hearts to the understanding of their need for Christ! Thank you for sharing your words.

  4. A very well reasoned and logical exposition of the truth, my friend! There is only one way to God because that is how He has decreed it, not in a capricious or arbitrary way, but in the way that best suits His purposes for us. God never wanted us to be slaves (or rocks!) which is why He arranged things so that our eternal bliss would be an act of choice, not slavish subjugation to a set of rules and sacrifices. God wants us to choose to accept His grace as a freely given gift, not something that we have worked ourselves to the bone trying to attain. That is the very nature of grace…

  5. In a nutshell… God created everything, so He gets to make all of the rules. If He wants to give us only one way (Jesus), then we better play by the rules if we wanna win the game!

  6. There ISN’T only one way to GOD. There are many ways to God. The problem is that EVERY RELIGION believes that their way to God is the only way. If everyone believes that their way is the only way and there are thousands of groups that believe that their way is the ONLY WAY.. Statistically that means only one thing… THEY’RE ALL WRONG !

    • Rod… that is the most illogical statement ever written on my blog. Congrats. If there are many ways to God, but God doesn’t exist… then.. *ack!* does your brain do that very often? When you leave God, you leave logic far, far behind.

      • All paths do lead to God. Every knee shall bow to him. Every toung shall confess that he is Lord. But few will be found written in the book of Life. You can get with God now or you can get with God later but you are going to get with God. Best make sure you are covered in the Blood of the Lamb.

    • Dear Rod,
      All conclusions involve making an interpretation, correct? This includes YOUR interpretation that “if many groups believe their way is the only way, than they must all be wrong.” In order for you to know that my interpretation (of Christianity) is wrong, you would have to know what is objectively right. So, what IS the right interpretation, statisically speaking, based on your evidence? Christianity is so much more than a preference. After all, truth is not determined by how many people believe it. Truth is discovered by looking at the evidence. May Jesus bless you and open your eyes to the truth of Himself and His great love for you. Yes you. Seek Him, and you will find Him.

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