All roads lead to God. This is a popular sentiment these days. No matter what faith you have, what gods you do or don’t worship, what your personal lifestyle choices may be, or what you do or don’t know and do or don’t believe, as long as you’re a pretty decent person and don’t make life difficult for others, any road you take is a good one. All paths up the mountain lead to the same God, no matter what name you want to use or faith you want to follow.
Of course New Testament Christianity completely counters this popular viewpoint. Jesus Himself says; “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Notice that Jesus says the way, the truth, the life. Not a way, a truth, a life. Jesus here sounds a little particular and exclusive. There are not multiple paths to God. The path to the Father is straight through Him and only Him. As Peter agrees in Acts 4:12; “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” There are not multiple means of salvation, multiple paths to the Father, and all roads do not lead to God.
Yet there is a way in which we can agree with the pluralistic populous and confess that all roads do in fact lead to God. We can even do this while believing the Bible. Psalm 139 tells us of the inescapable God. Verses 7-10 show that whether we go up, down, east, or west- no matter where we turn- we cannot escape God. No matter what path we take, what faith we hold, or what choices we make, all of us will come face to face with the inescapable Lord. Jesus says as much in Matthew 25, where He describes the future and final judgment of all people; “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” All nations will be gathered before King Jesus, all people will come before Christ the Lord who reigns and judges the world. All paths will lead to the inescapable and enthroned Jesus.
So, in a very real and important sense, all roads do in fact lead to God. The key is that the only road that leads to peace with God, salvation in Jesus, and life with the Father is the narrow road one follows as a disciple of Jesus. All roads do lead to God. But not all roads lead to peace with Him. That salvation is only found under the name of Jesus.