Located in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee lies Mt. LeConte. At 6,593 feet, it is the third highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are five separate trails (Alum Cave, Rainbow Falls, Trillium Gap, Bullhead and Boulevard) that reach the summit. Some are harder than others but they all reach their destination. I’ve been to Mt. LeConte on three of those five trails and sure enough, I always ended up at the top of the mountain.
In today’s religious landscape, it’s popular to believe in many spiritual paths. Tolerance is preached as the ultimate in religious maturity. Many people want to create their own personal idea of God and salvation and develop their own path to get there, one that is easy and comfortable.
The truth is, there is only one path…through Jesus!
It may be unpopular to speak in absolutes, but the Bible, the inspired word of God, teaches that there is only one way to know God and that’s through our Savior Jesus Christ. Let the words of Jesus himself, the Son of God, convince you:
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Nowhere in that passage does it give us permission to create our own path. There’s no evidence suggesting Jesus will be tolerant of mankind’s idea of how to find God. What’s scary is that the path is narrow and few will find it (Matthew 7:14). That doesn’t mean that the path is hard to find. It means that many will choose not to take it.
In hiking terms, trying to walk through the wilderness without a path is called bushwacking. There is no discernable path, but you try to create one by traveling through the brush. Needless to say, it’s hard and much easier to become lost. In a way, our walk towards God is much the same. When you’re not on the path, it’s hard and impossible to find Him.
Jesus was very clear about how to find God. He was very adamant that obedience to that way is an all or nothing proposition. The word of God is as simple as we want to make it. We either follow the path God laid out for us or we don’t.
There is only one path.
There is no other way.