If God really loves the world, why did He provide only one way to redeem it?
I believe God is perfect love and justice, therefore I believe God will show love and justice to all people, regardless of their beliefs. As the prophet Isaiah says, “…the Lord is a God of justice (Isaiah 30:18 ESV).”
Thomas Jefferson literally cut out what he didn’t like in Scripture, so his Bible reflects his own biases. This is a real temptation for us whenever we read parts of the Bible that make us uncomfortable. Instead, Christians should remember two biblical teachings: 1) God is patient with us, “not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance (2Peter3:9). 2) Outside of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12).
Christianity teaches that God took on human flesh to redeem sinful humankind. God offers eternal life to those who trust in the person and work of Christ. Is God closed-minded for providing only one way to salvation? Your answer depends on how you answer these two questions: 1) Do you believe God is righteous and holy? 2) Do you believe that humankind, God’s highest creation, has rejected God and His laws?
If your answer to these questions is ‘yes,’ then perhaps we should be asking, in amazement and gratitude, a different question: “Why is there any way at all?”