I am often accused of being narrow-minded and exclusive because I believe there is only one way to Heaven and His Name is Jesus. I often fool around and say that it is okay to be narrow-minded when you are right. But, all fooling aside – is what we as born again Christians really believe narrow-minded and exclusive? I think not.
Imagine if you fell into a well. A rescue crew comes along and lowers a rope down to you as a way of escape. It would be silly to criticize their one way of escape as too exclusive, too restrictive, or narrow-minded. It is none of these things. It is available if you wish to get out of the well. It would be available regardless of who it was who fell into the well. It is a wonderful offer and a way of escape from the well offered free of charge and without any prejudice.
Why do people believe that the rope God offers us as a way out of the well (hell) is narrow-minded? Simple! We demand multiple options because WE want the power to decide our own method of rescue, because WE want to be in charge of everything. WE want to play God. But a single solution does not imply exclusivity or narrow-mindedness – not if that solution is offered to everyone without exception.
Why don’t all religions lead to God? Why is the Christian faith the only way to God? Why is there only one way of escape – a rope? Well, look at it from God’s vantage point and not man’s vantage point. God came down to us in human form, embodying as well as announcing that He desires for everyone to have eternal life, really apart from any religion. It is found only in Him and a personal relationship with Him and never found through any religion.
This is not exclusive nor narrow-minded. It is a wonderful offer from God because He loves everyone equally and desires all men be rescued from the well. Just because He only offers one way out does not make it narrow-minded and exclusive. It simply makes it available to everyone and thus a person’s choice.
The angels announced at Jesus’ birth: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be for all people.” (Luke 2:10 KJV). What could be more inclusive and wonderful than that – it is available to “all people.” That’s not narrow-minded!