What Right did Peter Have to Make This Claim?
The Christian faith is sometimes criticized for the exclusive claims made that salvation from sin is only available through Jesus. While exclusiveness is not confined to Christian faith, it is worth exploring why the claim is made. Is valid proof offered? Is there anything that might be unique compared to other faiths? Are there credible witnesses? Is the evidence compelling?
Peter, one of the Apostles and someone close to Jesus, provides a good case study. He is perhaps the most emotional and genuine follower of Jesus in terms of his struggles to grasp the reality of Jesus and to faithfully and consistently follow Him. And yet, his life was radically changed as evidenced by his statement to the Jewish religious leaders as recorded in Acts 4:12,
“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven
that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”
In future posts we’ll consider the evidence and proof that lie behind this claim.