Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Exo 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
Joh 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Jesus made the claim that nobody can or will come to the Father but by him. Jesus made no room for anybody to make some soft-pedaled claim that he was a "good teacher" or a "great prophet" or "nice guy". that there was any other way to enter the presence of God but through him. this is the exclusive statement of exclusive statements. nobody can be ambivalent about Jesus, he left NO room for it, at all. period. You have to believe either Jesus is who he says he is, or that he is the craziest kook, the utter nutter, the absolute father of all lies. there isn't any gray area to be found in this issue at all.none.zero.zip.nada. He made it that way.
Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
This truth, is the sword Jesus is, there is only two sides to this sword people can fall to. one or the other.period. all of society and all of the world are hurling headlong into the edge of this sword. the consequences of the decision that has to be made are dire. this sword will cleave the world of humankind in two. just because our current society holds pluralism and relativism on some pedestal higher even that we hold God will not change this fact, just because this society, and the spirit of the age wills that all people should be shamed into keeping their core beliefs private will not change this fact. making human government bigger will not change this fact. If you happen to believe Christ you HAVE to spread this message! what's the alternative! let others fall? is keeping this truth private for the sake of your present relationships your goal? then this goal is your God. is the Idea that you "don't want to offend" what motivates you? what fruit will this bear? for you or your friend? Should Christians remain huddled in their homes and churches, pat each other on the back, and feel good about their selves? Should Christians be devoted to praying for what they want God to do for them? or should Christians be praying for God's will to be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Many Christians have read about the arguments the Lord Jesus had with the religious leadership in the day. would he not have many of the same arguments with many church leaders today? and how much more the worse for us that this is so, for while the pharisees had knowledge of Moses and the Prophets in that day, this world has had the testimony of Christ these two thousand years! Are we where we should be spiritually? read the word, and judge.