Young Man From India
I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me (John 14:6).
A young student from India approached me after one of my lectures on campus. He was very angry and impatient. He said, "I resent the arrogance with which you Christians say that you have the only way to God. I believe that Christianity is one way, but only one way. Other religions are all ways to God."
This is a common thought among the secularists in the world and those caught up in false religions who do not know our great Creator God and Savior. You see this theme frequently in the mainstream media whenever a Christian leader takes a public stand for Christ and what the Bible clearly teaches. It is a main reason why Christians who believe and practice biblical standards are often hated and derided, and referred to as bigots and intolerant.
The student from India was unusually brilliant, working for double doctorates in both physics and chemistry. And as we talked, he began to see that Christianity is uniquely different -- that it is not just another man-made religion or philosophy, but that it makes provision for man's greatest need -- the forgiveness of sin, which no man-made religion provides. This is a unique distinction of Christianity: No other religion makes such a provision, nor does any other offer a path to eternal life for which the believer can be assured. No other religious founder died for our sins; no other died and rose again; and no other was God incarnate, who shed His own blood for our sakes. Whereas man-made religions often call their followers to be willing to die for their god, our Creator God and Savior died for us!
After some discussion, he admitted that he had never found God in his religion and did not know anyone who had. Finally, we knelt together in prayer, and he prayed that Jesus would come into his life and forgive his sins. This brilliant young man had finally found God, and peace, for which he had looked all his life.
More often than not, critics just do not understand what God has revealed to the world through His Word, the Bible, and once explained to them, they gladly believe.
Unless one's heart is helplessly cold and closed, and he has purposely set out to be a skeptic, there is no way a person can read the Gospel of John, for example, and not be convinced that Jesus is the Son of God, and embrace Him as Savior. And we know that, "No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also" (1 John 2:23, NIV).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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