The Gospel of no Other Name

A Chinese convert explained his conversion like this: deepwell

“I was in a very deep well. I was sinking deeper and deeper, and couldn’t find any way out. As I looked upward, I saw a face peering down at me.

A voice said, ‘My child, I am Confucius, the father of your country. Had you obeyed my teaching, you would have never landed where you are now.’ He waved his hand and left, saying, ‘If you ever manage to get out of this well, be careful to follow my teaching.’

Then came Buddha, and looking down into the well, he shouted, ‘My child, you have to quit the condition in which you find yourself. Rest down there where you are. Fold your arms and begin to think. You will find nirvana, the peace which all of us desire.’ I called back, and said, ‘Father, Buddha, if you could help me get out of here, I would be so thankful. Then I shall with great ease follow your instructions. But in this horrible place how can I rest?’ But Buddha did not get me out of the well. He left me in despair.

But there came another ManBut there came another Man over to the well, a Man full of goodness and interest. And on His face there were marks of great sorrow and suffering. He wasted no time in offering me words of comfort from up above, but came down where I was, and pulled me out of that terrible clay in which I was wallowing, and lifted me up to the surface.

He didn’t forsake me, but brought me to a place of safety. He took off my dirty clothes, and dressed me in clean new clothes. Then He invited me to follow Him, saying, ‘I will never leave you, nor forsake you.’ That Man was Christ.

And that is why I became a Christian. Christ is the only one who descended to the depths where I was. He saved me, and has never ceased to have fellowship with me, and be my Companion.” 1

Acts 4:12, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there in no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

“The search for God ends in Christ.” 2

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References:

  1. Spiros Zodhiates, “The Invasion of Planet Earth,” Pulpit Helps, December, 1999 (From The Perfect Gift AMG Publishers).
  2. Christian Clippings, January, 1996, p. 17.