Jonathan's Perspective  

Sep 27

'Which Road?'

The old saying that 'All roads lead to Rome' is simply not true.  From an empire perspective, the Roman highways were created for the transport of troops and weaponry first and, secondarily, for trade.  So, theoretically, once you are on the system of highways, you could eventually find your way to Rome.  But what if you didn't want to end up in Rome, the heart of a brutal empire? Couldn't you just take the same road in the opposite direction?  After all, every road you get on can take you in two entirely different directions.

In the sermon on the mount, Jesus indicates that not all roads lead to the same destination:

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (Matt 7:13-14) 

Jesus tells us that most of the roads lead to the wilderness and self-destruction, and there is only one narrow road that leads to life.  There is a right way to live, and a thousand ways to get off that path.

People make all kinds of statements about spiritual reality, but they aren't all right. According to the law of non-contradiction, some statements are logically incompatible.

  1. Either there is a God, or not.  Believers and atheists cannot both be right.
  2. Either everything is god (pantheism), there are many gods (polytheism), or there is one god (monotheism).
  3. Within monotheistic thought, either there is a singular spiritual being, or there is a Trinitarian being - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Not all roads are equal.  Not all roads lead to the same destination.  It is illogical to say that no matter what you believe, no matter what direction you take your life, you will end up in the heart of the Kingdom of God. 

Jesus says in John 14:6, 'I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.'  WOW!  Jesus is making a bold statement about the nature of reality, and how to find it.  There are a lot of paths to choose from, and Jesus wants us to choose wisely.  Jesus makes it as clear as possible.  The only way to the Father is through Jesus, so stay away from false gods promising peace they cannot ultimately give. 

Jesus also warns us about the distractions that get us off the road - greed, pleasure, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, the worries of the world, etc.  Fortunately, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who seeks the lost and afraid, binds up the broken-hearted, and helps us get back home on the right road.  With his classic wit, C. S. Lewis wrote, 'We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.' 

Are you on the right road, or do you find yourself straying off the path?  In order to make progress in life, do you need to turn back to Jesus?  If you find yourself in an uncomfortable, self-destructive territory, call out to Jesus, who is the Way, so that you can live by the Truth, and enjoy the only Life worth living.

Blessed to be a blessing,

Jonathan

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