Bible Reading: 1 John 2:22
Have you ever noticed how the Bible teaches us that we must â€œcall uponâ€ and â€œbelieveÂ onâ€ the â€œname of the Lordâ€ to be â€œsavedâ€ (Romans 10:13; John 1:12)? Why are we notÂ instructed to just believe in or call upon the Lord? The name of the Lord is â€œJesus,â€Â which means â€œthe salvation of Jehovah.â€ The salvation of Jehovah is found in JesusÂ alone. Jesus is mankindâ€™s only hope of salvation. Apart from Him â€œthere is no [other]Â Saviorâ€ (Isaiah 43:11). As Acts 4:12 teaches, â€œNeither is there salvation in any other, forÂ there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.â€Â No other name can save us. Allah wonâ€™t do, neither will Mohammed, Buddha, Brahma,Â or Krishna. Only Jesus can save us from our sins!
The Bible teaches us that to become a Christian we must trust Christ and Christ aloneÂ for salvation. Consequently, all true Christians believe that all other religions are spiritualÂ dead-ends, leading only to destruction (Proverbs 14:12). No matter how sincere theirÂ adherents, false religions can no more save us from our sins than a sincere beliefÂ that strychnine is milk can save us if we drink it. There is simply no way that a false faithÂ can lead anybody to the one and only true God.
Anyone who believes that salvation is available apart from faith in Christ alone cannotÂ possibly be a Christian, since such a belief belies oneâ€™s believing in and calling upon theÂ name of the Lord. To profess to be a Christian while suggesting the possibility of otherÂ ways to God apart from faith in Christ alone is to prove oneself not only a hypocrite, butÂ a â€œliarâ€ and an â€œantichrist.â€