Jesus said “I am the way…no one comes to God but through me” (John 14:6). But what does that really mean?
For years, I was taught that it meant Jesus was the only way to God. That is to say, if you did not “believe” in Jesus, you could not know God. And, of course, that raises an entirely different question. “What does it mean to “believe” in Jesus?”
Does it mean there are certain words you must say about Jesus? For example, as a child, I was taught what Baptist people called a “Sinner’s prayer.” I prayed it, recited it, and genuinely believed that, if I spoke these specific words, I would be “OK,” meaning, I would be “safe.” In other words, I spoke those words largely because I was afraid. I was scared. I lived, as do many believing people today, in fear, afraid of God…afraid of not…
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