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Why Jesus is the Only Way to God, the Living Truth and the Life Abundant

Does your life seem empty, without purpose and meaning?

Have you been robbed of joy and peace because you are restless on the inside, trying to find real fulfillment in the midst of your strivings to succeed and meet what the world expects of you?

Are you hurting deep within and angry, wounded by the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”?

Do you want to be free from the guilt and shame of your past, your enslavement to your current addictions, and your worries and anxieties over an uncertain future?

Have you been wondering how you can slake and quench the acute spiritual thirst you keenly experience but cannot somehow address by what you have tried so far?

Have you been grappling with honest questions like: Who am I? What am I here for? What really happens to me when I die?

Have you been wondering about the many, confusing, competing Faith options out there? Is it true that they are all the same and lead to the same end? How can you decide which of these is true, credible and best for you?

“I’ve got better questions than I have answers
Better dreams than I have plans
I’ve got better thoughts than I have actions
So I built my house on what I thought was solid ground
But I know it could be sand”.  Todd Agnew, “Prelude”

If you responded “yes” to any these preceding questions, welcome to the company of those who seek honest answers to these serious life questions! NOW is the best time to explore and ponder what your faith options are. We sincerely hope that you will be building your spiritual “house” on solid ground, rather than sand. 

When contemplating faith options, here are some shared recently by a faith explorer (M.Mittelberg, 2008, Choosing Your Faith):

The “Relativistic” Faith Path: it highlights syncretism, relativism and pragmatism as its major defining features. But what may seem convenient as a hodgepodge of beliefs may not be altogether true or what works pragmatically is not always true. Rather, what is authentically true may turn up to be the more viable and credible option.

The “Traditional” Faith Path: relying on hand-me down beliefs, habits or traditions. But the thinking and the evidence behind these beliefs you were raised with may not be actually valid and are therefore of little or no value.

The “Authoritarian” Faith Path: these are uncritically received beliefs handed to you and imposed upon you by an authority figure or an organization. Upon critical examination, however, some of these beliefs are contradictory and could stem from authority figures with questionable credentials.

The “Intuitive” faith path: these beliefs are based on your hunches and instincts coupled with the moral sensibilities available from your own conscience. Our warped moral sensibilities, hunches and instincts as finite, sinful creatures may not be a reliable guide to differentiating what is absolutely right (good) and what is absolutely wrong (evil).

The “Mystical” faith path: it is possible for God to sometimes use direct and somewhat unusual, mystical means to convey his message to us. But it is also possible to wrongly perceive “mere feelings for spiritual realities or to fail to discern that we are following real but dangerous spiritual entities because we thought they were good ones”.

The “Evidential” faith path: highlights logic, sensory experience, as well as textual, historical and experiential evidence (e.g., found in Scripture and Jesus Christ) as “God-given means that we can use to gain information, test truth claims and decide what to believe”. This faith path of the followers of Christ is anchored on the following reasons (Mittelberg, pp.224-225):

Design in the universe points to an Intelligent Designer.

  • The beginning of the Universe points to a Divine Originator.
  • The sense of morality throughout the human race points to a Moral Lawgiver.
  • The Bible shows itself to be a uniquely consistent, historical and honest religious book.
  • The Bible is a uniquely preserved work of antiquity, powerfully verified by archaeology.
  • Miracles, performed in the presence of believers and critics alike, point to the prophets, apostles and Jesus as messengers of God.
  • Fulfilled prophecies point to the Bible as a divinely inspired book and to Jesus as the unique Messiah of God.
  • Jesus’ sinless life backed up his claim to be the Son of God.
  • Jesus’ resurrection powerfully established His credentials as the Son of God who said: “I am The Way, The Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
  • The emergence of the early church of the followers of Christ and the changed lives of early skeptics points to the authenticity of the Gospel message and affirmed the truth of Jesus’ resurrection.
  • The willingness of the disciples of Christ to die for claims they knew to be true credibly affirms the trustworthiness of their claims.
  • The changed minds of many modern skeptics and the testimonies of countless believers throughout history attest to the reality of God and the value of following Jesus.

All these reasons then point to the following core truths of having faith in Christ: a belief in one God, Jesus as God’s human incarnation and the Scriptures (the Old and New Testaments) as God’s revelation.

Because faith in Christ is evidence-based faith, it therefore involves both right beliefs and appropriate action based on such beliefs. Such evidence, based on what God’s prophets and what Jesus as God said and did, highlights what the Gospel of Christ is as God’s central message of salvation to each of us:

  •  God loves us (For God so loved the world so much that he gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life…John3:16).
  • But we each have sinned…having disobeyed and dishonored him as God who is absolutely holy (“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard…Rom.3:23; “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all”…1 John 1:5).
  • The terrible consequence: our relationship with God has been broken (For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord…Rom.6:23) and we are condemned to be eternally separated from him. But God in His compassion, mercy and love has provided us hope to be reconciled with him (“This is real love- not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins”…1 John 4:10).
  • The good news of salvation: God has chosen to rescue us through Christ Jesus (who was God but who came to earth in human flesh not only to teach us and show us how to live but also to pay God’s death penalty in our place on the Cross for our sinning against God and disobeying him (as reflected in our failure to live the way we should).”God made Jesus Christ who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”…2 Corinthians 5:21). He has become our Substitute on the Cross-as he took death’s place for you and for me. Jesus Christ came “not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matt.20:28). He has become our Righteous Advocate with God the Father (1 John 2:1; also, see Jesus as Our Trustworthy Advocate).
  • Because Jesus Christ as both God and Man has paid sin’s penalty of death on our behalf, how then do we respond to God’s free gift of eternal life?
  • We can accept God’s free gift and offer of eternal life by putting our faith in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of our sins (“For by grace, you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast “…Ephesians 2:8-9).

If you are now ready to step forward to have True Faith, give your life to God and trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior God, please say this prayer:

 My God…forgive me for I have sinned against you.

Thank you very much for your great love for me and for providing your Son Jesus Christ to die in my place instead. Thank you that He died on the Cross-for the death penalty for my sins to be paid once and for all. I now turn back from my rebellion and disobedience against you. Thank you for forgiving my sins. I now ask Jesus Christ to now come into my life even as I resolve to trust and follow Him wholeheartedly as my Savior and Lord. In Jesus’ name…Amen.

If you have made the decision, or still have questions and would like to discuss further about Knowing Jesus, please e-Mail us at: or call 571-481-4330.

Balikatan is more than eager to talk with you.

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