The street I grew up on was just off the main road. There was (still is) a street that come off our’s, and loops round and meets it at the top, before going round to join up with another street parallel to ours. That street, when we were small, was great for going down on your bike on, because the tarmac on it was very smooth. It rejoins the main road at the bottom.
All road leads somewhere, though I suspect I did not convince you that Eva St was one that would ever be of consequence to you.
Religions are often described as roads, particularly when being compared with one another. That implies a destination, though I’m not quite were Jedi’s are meant to be heading. Where does each one lead?
In our pluralist society we think it is fair to say that all religions lead to God. That is not an informed answer or statement – it’s a statement that actually comes from ignorance. And I don’t think it is well-meaning ignorance. It is assuming that religions don’t go anywhere, because God isn’t real, so we must let everyone have the same right to think they do.
All religions do have their merits. The major ones are often integral to the way society works – for good or ill. Christianity does belong in that group. As a religion, it can actually function without God being real – though it would have took some amazing inventing.
Being a follower of Jesus, a true Christian, is not about following Christianity, or even about doing your best to follow Christ. It is about being prepared to have God’s life unleashed in you after you have personally encountered and surrendered to Jesus.
The first disciples came to be known as followers of The Way. That might sound like a road or a path. I don’t think that’s what it meant. I think it should be translated as The Means. Jesus is the means by which we are transported to the destination. It means we have arrived already, though we are still in transit. We have come to know God.
That is not very fair, I know. But the Means works equally for everyone who comes to Jesus, and that is fair.
Though gracious is a much better word to describe it.