John 14:6 (NLT)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus tells those around Him that is He the way, the truth and the life. It is through knowledge and faith in Jesus Christ that one comes to know salvation. Jesus is stating a clear truth, �No man cometh unto the Father, but by me. � Only because of Jesus is there access to salvation. Only because of Jesus is forgiveness of sin found. Only through Jesus is God�s love confirmed with His gift of eternal life in heaven. There is no other way to be found except in Christ.
I read an article the other day that said a great mistake many Christian Evangelicals make is trying to convert someone to Christianity instead of trying to lead them to Jesus. Now some may think it is the same thing, but Christianity is made up of various denominations. There are Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, and Catholic. All of these denominations have some things in common, but they also have many different beliefs. However the common theme for Christianity is:
- Christ is God�s son and was born of the Virgin Mary.
- Christ lived a sinless life.
- Christ was beaten, tortured and died on the Roman cross for our sin.
- Christ was placed in a grace.
- Three days later Christ rose from the grave defeating sin and death.
- Those who place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ will have eternal life in heaven.
Those are the common traits, after that each denomination and various offshoots of denominations have other religious sacraments and traditions. Each denomination has its beliefs about how different sins should be addressed. Even each church in a denomination may have a separate view as to how the church functions. We first need to leave behind the traditions of church and focus on people getting to know who Jesus is. If we can show them the love of Jesus and they accept Him on faith then Christ will lead the person to the proper place in life. We need to give up trying to do things in our power and instead let the power of Christ work in people�s lives.