“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. One of the most abrasive teachings to the minds of modern men and women is the exclusivity of Christ as the only Savior and hope for mankind. We would rather believe that God accepts us for the best we can do. This problem even persists today among some people who call themselves Christians.
It shows up when people think their good works will persuade God to be lenient towards them as if they were earning or even partially earning eternal life. It shows up when people say they think that Christ is the Savior for Christians or if you want him to be your Savior, but people from other cultures with different belief systems are judged by their faithfulness to whatever god they are claiming to worship. But a salvation that adds anything to Christ’s work is a departure from true Christianity.
One of the great proofs of this besides the many Biblical texts that outright tell us these things is the life and death that Jesus was called to endure. Since he is the preexistent Son of God he left the splendor of heaven to live as a poor man under the Law. He suffered immensely in the scourging and the crucifixion and even endured severe mental anguish as he contemplated these things. And what do you think if you’re to one day stand before God claiming to come to him by some other way whether it’s through good works or your best efforts or through another religion that was more fitting for you? Judging by the Biblical account God may ask us how we could think that there could be another way.
If there was another way why would he send his only Son and let him live poor and sweat drops of blood? If there was another way why would God allow his Son to have suffered immense pain and suffering in the crucifixion? Why would he let him be spit upon and beaten so terribly? What fearful words we would then hear. Depart from me you workers of iniquity. My friends the only way is trusting in the work of Christ alone.