I believe in Jesus Christ and believe that salvation “is found in no one else” (Acts 4:12) ” but I struggle with the exclusiveness of that claim. I struggle with it for two reasons.
The first reason is that I have encountered some very nice people in my life, who are just like the rest of us, good law abiding citizens who are trying to make an honest living and they’ve rejected Jesus. That means, according to what scripture teaches, that they are going to face God’s wrath in judgment.
The second reason is that there seems to be too many Christians these days who seem too comfortable with this notion. That is, they come across with this smugness from a nice comfortable church building rather than the front-lines of God’s mission to redeem the world in Christ. In that regards, their attitude toward Christianity smacks me as seeming to have more in common with the Pharisees and religious leaders of Jesus’ day than with Jesus himself. So when I encounter this attitude, my heart wants to undermine everything about what they believe but I can’t. I can’t undermine the claim that “there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” because I am convicted that this claim is the truth.
So I struggle with believing in Jesus. There I said it. But not because I don’t believe in Jesus but because I do believe in Jesus and the claim that entails. Does that make sense?