Death is Not the Last Word

I said last time that if Jesus is who the gospel says he is, the eternal Word of God, then it’s almost self-evident that Jesus is the only way to God, for the simple reason that people can only come to God through the Word of God. According to classic Christian theology, Jesus is not some arbitrary gatekeeper to God. Jesus is God, and more specifically, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. So t…

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No Other Name

This month I want to offer a few reflections on the relationship between Christianity and other religions, so let’s begin with the claim made by the apostle Peter in the book of Acts: “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.” Jesus himself, according to John’s gospel, says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes…

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A Different Cloud

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith… (Hebrews 12:1-2). People talk a lot about “the cloud” these days. Things get put “on the cloud” and taken off the cloud, and some things just seem…

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Which Way Is Up?

I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2). I took flying lessons many years ago. I never got my license, but the twenty-five hours or so that I flew were a great experience. One of the most rewarding things about it was the sense of literally “rising above it all.” Whatever was going on down on the ground, you c…

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Truth and Justice

Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, look around and take note! Search its squares and see if you can find one person who acts justly and seeks truth—so that I may pardon Jerusalem (Jeremiah 5:1) Superman’s motto was, for many years, “Truth, justice, and the American way.” Millions of American youth, including me, grew up with the notion that, if truth and justice were not the same thing a…

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