Wayne Weekly “Living In an ONLY World”
Written by Wayne Taylor on February 20, 2019
As I was running errands the other day, for some reason I seem to be taking notice of all the “only” signs about me.
“Left lane only”, “right turn only”, bicycles only”, “pedestrians only”, seemed to be around every corner. We live in an “only” world…and generally we have no trouble with obeying the “onlys” because they protect us from potential harm.
Normally you don’t hear of too many people protesting the “only” warnings on the highways. Not too many arguments (except maybe from children) at an amusement park for height restrictions, i.e. “you can only ride if you are this height”. When “only” rules are for our good, most level headed people are agreeable to the regulation.
Christianity also includes a number of “onlys”, the most important one refers to the path to salvation.
Jesus clearly proclaimed that He, and He alone, is the way, the truth, and the life:
John 14:6 6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The scriptures distinctly proclaim that there is no other name given among men whereby we find salvation:
Acts 4:12 12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
And only one mediator:
1 Timothy 2:5-6 5For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.
Exclusivism is not very well liked by the world…unless it agrees with one’s philosophical viewpoint on life. Absolutes are frowned at by many of the educational elites, of course unless it agrees with their belief system.
We live in an “only” world, we live in an “only” spiritual realm. Jesus alone holds the keys to forgiveness and life eternal.
“When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.” ― G.K. Chesterton