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Monday, May 20, 2019
Message summary: The Scriptures declare, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death" (Proverbs 14:12). But today scores of people contend that there are many valid views about what constitutes right or wrong and there are many ways to God. Even asserting that there is a single right way is seen as unloving and intolerant to many.
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"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death" (Proverbs 14:12). Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).
Last week my brother Pat wore a t-shirt that stated "A Blood Donor Saved My Life". When I saw it I initially thought that unbeknownst to me he had some medical procedure in which a blood transfusion was used that saved his life! But it illustrated not only a Bible truth but a means of witness. Through the years I have seen many t-shirts that express faith and have had some myself.
In the early seventies a popular expression used among young Christians was the upraised "One Way" index finger, proclaiming that Jesus is the one and only way to heaven.
In the halls of Truman High School, a large public high school in Independence, Missouri it was a gesture we often shared with other Christian students, no words required, simply the index finger pointed upward. I still have a paperback NT I used at that time with a large "One Way Jesus" decal on the back. (on left)
I met some college students at a leadership retreat. One young lady had a t-shirt with these characters, ἐγώ εἰμι ἡὁδὸς καὶἡἀλήθεια καὶἡζωή. I looked at the shirt and pronounced the Greek words and then translated the phrase to English.
The shirt was an expression of her faith in Christ. She told me that I was the first one who had ever come up and read the verse to her and then translated it, but her intent was for others to approach her and ask, "What does that mean?" This would then give her an opportunity to express her faith. Now that's an interesting witnessing approach!
We hear a lot today about tolerance. It seems that tolerance is reckoned as among the greatest virtues of the modern age. However the people who talk the most about tolerance are often the most intolerant!
It's one of the great issues in the continued "no absolutes" mindset that our culture is bombarded with. This is particularly damaging to young people and is infecting the Church as well. Although the concept of absolute or relative truth may seem merely philosophical to some, it is at the very heart of our battle against the forces of evil. It's deadly.
The Scriptures declare, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death" (Proverbs 14:12). But today scores of people contend that there are many valid views about what constitutes right or wrong and there are many ways to God. Even asserting that there is a single right way is seen as unloving and intolerant to many.
The Greek phrase printed on the student's T-shirt mentioned above were the very words of our Lord Jesus Christ taken from John 14:6. Translated into English they read, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." (The entire verse states "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.")
That is the essential message we must present to our world. The early apostles proclaimed, "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). And later the apostle Paul wrote, "There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5).
"Lord, help us today to contend for the faith once for all entrusted to the saints!" (See Jude 3.)
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Those of us who boldly and unashamedly assert the Biblical exclusivity of Jesus Christ as the only way to the Father are maligned as being intolerant, ignorant and narrow-minded bigots. But that is what our Lord Jesus taught! His statement might be used as an example of the very essence of intolerance.
Late Saturday afternoon several powered paragliders rather loudly approached from the west and skimmed across the farm field across the road from our house. Our border collie, Mollie, was terrified and ran into our utility barn for protective shelter! She must have thought, "I've never seen anything like this before!"
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