The Only Way to God Is Jesus

There is an old proverb, “all roads lead to Rome.” Tracing back to the 12th century, it refers to the ancient Roman practice of measuring distances from the monument Milliarium Aureum, which translates as “golden milestone.” The proverb means that, for any specific goal, all possible options ultimately lead to that goal.[1]

In America’s increasingly post-truth culture, many hold a similar idea about God and religion. There’s a popular saying, “all religions lead to the same God.” Likewise, there is a growing idea of spirituality that has a more generalized belief in a higher power. This view says that all beliefs in any gods are more or less true and equally valid regarding our eternal destinies.

That is not what Jesus taught.

The Gospel of Matthew records a time during Jesus’ earthly ministry when He went up a mountain to teach. At one point in the teaching He said,

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matt 7:13–14)

Jesus is saying not all paths of faith lead to eternal life. Not all religions worship the same God. Not all belief systems lead to heaven. There is only one way to eternal life with God—it is difficult, unpopular, and many people will choose against it.

What is this way? The Gospel of John records the last meal Jesus ate with His disciples before His crucifixion. One of the disciples asked Jesus about the way to God. Jesus answered,

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)

Jesus is saying that the only way to God is through Jesus Himself. As sinners, we deserve death—eternal separation from God. We need a Savior. Jesus is that Savior. As Acts 4:12 says,

There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Jesus taught that the only way to eternal life with God is through Jesus Himself. This is an exclusive claim that rules out other faith systems. Such claims are unpopular today, but this is what Jesus taught. Eternal life with God requires salvation from sin and death. This salvation is a gift of God that we receive when we believe in Jesus Christ.


[1] Charles Leavitt, “All Roads Lead to Rome: New acquisitions relating to the Eternal City,” News & Events, University of Notre Dame Center for Italian Studies, September 14, 2011, https://italianstudies.nd.edu/news-events/news/all-roads-lead-to-rome-new-acquisitions-relating-to-the-eternal-city/.

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