I listened as the talk show host regaled the audience with her self-proclaimed enlightenment: “All roads lead to God, however you perceive that deity.”
It wasn’t exactly a new thought, but rather an old one with a new convert. That ideology has been circulating for generations and, in the growing confusion of our times, many have wholeheartedly embraced it. The reasoning goes like this: Whatever you perceive God to be, as long as you sincerely seek after that relationship, you’ll arrive at your destination. Unwittingly that’s actually true, but it comes with a serious flaw. What if the god being sought is false ~ a god of one’s own making? Sincerely pursuing what is false will ultimately lead to a destination that is futile. You see, not all roads lead to Life. There are dead ends.
The Word of God is exactly what it declares. His Word. It is God-breathed truth, instruction, promise and conveyance of love and hope to a dying world. Many know nothing about it and some don’t want to because truth is inconvenient and often challenges the course we’ve already charted.
God is God nonetheless and He doesn’t acquiesce to our whims. He loves us too much for that. So it comes as no surprise that His Word makes His position clear. Isaiah 45:20-21 lays it out: “… They have no knowledge, who carry the wood of their carved image. And pray to a god that cannot save. Tell and bring forth your case; Yes, let them take counsel together. Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I, the Lord? And there is no other God beside Me, a just God and a Savior; There is none besides Me.” (NKJV)
Our opinions don’t alter truth. There is One God and one way to Him ~ through the Savior, Jesus Christ. He, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, has the sole honor of that identity for good reason ~ Jesus is the only way to bridge the gap of sin between God and man. A thousands roads may take us near, but if they don’t connect to the other side, they are simply dead ends of destruction.
So the question is “What road will you travel?” That choice will determine what awaits you at the end of your journey. If you are in the camp of the talk show host, it’s worth your time to consider the possibility that your course has been charted using faulty directions.
A great price was paid to redirect us away from sin’s dead end. Jesus traveled the road to Calvary so we wouldn’t have to. The cross that met Him there was viewed by His adversaries as a victorious dead end to His mission. But they were wrong. He conquered it and rose to pave the way for believers to move ever closer to the promised destination of eternal life.
Will it be smooth and easy? No. But regardless of how long, bumpy or twisting the road, in the end, it will prove that it was the only One worth following.