One Way, Many Reasons, Many Ways
There is only one way.
There is only one way to the Father. It is through Jesus Christ. Becoming bound for eternal presence with God is a state one can only enter by believing in Jesus Christ. What must one believe about the Lord Jesus Christ? Must we simply believe that He was a good man? No, it is more than that. Must we agree in our heart to the fact that He is God of very God? No, it is not just that simple. We must believe that He is our savior in order to receive the benefit of His “Saviorship.” We must know that only through Him can we become righteous and become a son of God. Simply put, we must know that He is our Lord of LIFE everlasting. He’s IT!
Buddhism doesn’t offer this. Hinduism doesn’t. Secular humanism has no hope for eternity. Feel-good liberal Christendom’s version of the gospel doesn’t get it. Jesus is not there and neither is eternal life. He is the way, the truth the life. No man comes to the Father except through Him.
Holding to the nail-pierced hand … this is the only way!
There are many reasons.
Why doesn’t everyone believe and receive when they hear the gospel? Certain people like to say that the reason lies with God’s sovereignty. God does not choose the person to have faith and therefore he does not believe. These have tried to stump others who don’t believe this way by asking the question, “Why does one believe and another doesn’t?”
I say the reasons are as complex and various as the snowflakes. Each person is made up many experiences, many passions, many sins, different family backgrounds, etc… To understand why one responds to the gospel and another doesn’t, you would have to be able to analyze a person’s whole life and soul. I believe it is just that complex. When a lost person won’t receive Christ, the “Doctrines of Grace” advocate likes to simplify it and blame it on God. He has just one reason … but … there are many reasons.
There are many ways.
There are many ways that a life is lived out. There are many ways that a born-again person can spend the rest of his life after being born again. These ways are as various from person to person as there are differences between their fingerprints. Not everyone is the same. Every person with eternal life is saved by grace through faith. Every person who is born from above will enter the kingdom of heaven. Every one of them is sinless in God’s sight, covered in the righteousness of Christ. How does he look after he is transformed from a hell-bound sinner ... to a child of God? Well, ... It is different from one to another. Some are missionaries. Some are mothers. Some read their Bible every day. Some put the Bible down. Some forsake their families for the sake of the gospel. Others compromise. Some obey. Some do not. The ways believers practically live out their new lives are various. There are many ways.
Oh, that it were all more simple and would fit neatly into some little box.