When we want to say that all alternatives lead to the same destiny, we usually use the expression: “All roads lead to Rome”. In fact, the Roman empire that dominated the world from 27bc to 476ad, built more than 80 thousand kilometers of roads that left from Roma going east till antient Brittany (England) and going west to antient Persia (Iran). Being Rome the origin of all these roads it was also the destiny of all of them.
This empire doesn’t exist anymore, but the expression continues to be used all over the world and it is possible that several of us have heard it or said it. Although it is true that there might be different ways that lead to the same destiny, it can be dangerous to affirm that all ways lead to a same place. For example, when this expression is paraphrased, and it is declared that all ways lead to God.
The bible teaches that with regards to our personal and collective issues there are different ways that lead to very distinct destinies, while some lead to damnation, others that lead to salvation. It is up to us to clearly know the intended destiny to choose the better ways to get there.
Once the disciple Tomas asked Jesus exactly that: “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way? A legitimate question for without knowing the destiny how can one know which way to take? Jesus then replied: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.
The truth is that Jesus is the only way to reach God the Father and to live in His presence. If we want freedom for ourselves and for our society, this is the way to follow. Many roads lead to Rome, but only one leads to complete freedom: Jesus.
(Jesus the only way, John 14:6 – Jesus the only name, Acts 4:12)