Question #4: IS jesus the only way to god?
There are millions of claims about ultimate reality that have been made throughout human history- what makes a person in the ancient world from a people that may not even really exist anymore so special? Even if he was a special teacher, why does his claims and life mean everything else is wrong or invalid? Wouldn't a fair God consider anyone's authenticity and genuine belief in what they have been told is true and say that matters more than what they didn't or possibly even couldn't have known? Why can't everyone be right and just coexist because everyone sees a different small part of the big ultimate reality picture?
always rightly preached the exclusivity of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). He is the
only way to God and the only hope for salvation. Yet, the narrowness of this
claim is refuted on two distinct fronts today. On one hand, the multiplicity of
religions challenge Jesus’ exclusivity. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and others
have their own paths to follow. Why should we choose Jesus only? On the other
hand, our secular culture is repulsed by any global truth claims. How can there
be a single way for all people to one God?
In this “Hard
Questions” series presentation at Beulah, Dr. Bob Andrews (PhD, Loyola University) will facilitate a conversation towards
attempting to answer these objections.
Bob and Lynne
Andrews moved to Chicago in 1986 with a desire to serve Christ and minister to
the beautiful people living there. They settled near the Little India
neighborhood, which is one of the most densely populated and diverse communities
on the planet. Here, Bob has personally met people from over 150 nations of the
world. Many of these dear people had never heard the gospel before coming to
directs Devon Oasis Ministry for the Missionary Church in Little India. Annually,
he trains over fifty college and seminary students in intercultural ministry,
including several preparing to serve others overseas. He also connects churches
in various cities to their local refugee communities. In 2014, Bob and Lynne
were honored by World Relief with the Jerry T. Comer Award for their constant
care for refugees and other vulnerable people in the city of Chicago.
Bob is an ordained
minister with the Missionary Church. In addition to his ministry at Devon
Oasis, he has taught theology as an adjunct professor at Loyola University since
2011 and has taught missions at Moody Bible Institute. He began graduate
studies at Trinity Divinity School, earned an M.Div. from Moody Theological
Seminary, an MA in Historical Theology from Loyola University, and a PhD in
Theology from Loyola.