"Hey, Jim! How do you get to LAX from Moreno Valley? You used to live close to there, right?" Several people asked the question when I walked into the locker room at work.
I told them, "Take the 60 west to the 605 south to the 105 west. LAX is at the end of the 105. Why do you ask?"
Art said that Wills needed to go to LAX after work.
I repeated what I said before then added, "It's the shortest distance."
Someone chimed in, "Don't tell him to take the 60! Listen, take the 91 south, to 405 north to the 105 west."
Still, "No. Tell him to take the 10 west, to the 15 south, to the 91 west, follow the signs."
I came back into the conversation. "If you listen to all these others, you'll spend all of your time driving around southern California and not even come close to where you need to be; my directions are the quickest and the easiest way to get you there."
"Naw, you don't know what you're talking about," came form the other side of the locker room. We were starting to become boisterous. "Wills, listen, take the 15 north, to the 10 west. Then take the 71 south, to the 91 west. Take the 91 west to the 110 north. Head back to the 105 west. You'll bypass all the inner city traffic." I then told Wills that would put him smack dap in the middle of the inner city.
I could feel myself becoming angry. Here I was being told that I didn't have a clue to the quickest, easiest, most economical way to get to the airport, after being asked just that. I grew up in the area around Los Angeles International Airport so I knew what I was talking about.
Meanwhile, Wills had a very confused look on his face and he was nowhere closer to finding out where he needed to go when he left work.
All that confusion crowded out any common sense. By the time these helpful souls were through with my fellow worker, all he heard was Charlie Brown's teacher, "Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah!"
By this time, the first shift was headed out the door to clock out. My shift was just starting. Thinking back over the Great LAX Debate a question came to me. The question was: What is the easiest, quickest way to God? The answer is that there is no easy ways to God for the Bible tells us that we are all away from the Lord; it is God who came looking for us. It is God that provided a way back to Him. God chose to invade human time and space by coming in the form of a man. He was all deity as well as all human. This is a great mystery known as the incarnation. How He did it, I never know. Why He did it was to bring a fallen world back into a right relationship with the Father. Thus, Christianity is not a religion based on works, like most religions are; Christianity is a relationship with the Father through the Son.
From where I stand, no other religion makes this claim. Most of the world's religions follow a dead leader, or his words, or rely on doing the "right" thing; that is to say works. Christianity claims that all you have to do is have faith that Jesus is Lord of All and that His act of redemption covered your sins. It's not works that gets you "in," its faith in Christ. If it were a works-based religion, then Christ's suffering was for nothing and our faith would mean nothing. If the way to God has already been paid for, what is the purpose if a present is given to you and you turn around and give a measly sum of cash for an invaluable gift? It's insulting to the giver of the gift.
So is Jesus the way to God? That's what He says; "No man comes to the Father, except by me." Put Him to the test if you don't believe. Put yourself in the judge's seat, it's all right, because your spiritual life is depending on these next few questions. Ask yourself: Would you die for a lie, knowing full well it is a lie? The reason for this question is that one the stories is that Jesus never existed; he was thought up by a bunch of fisherman and tax collectors. If He was a good moral man why did He say He would rise from the dead? If this is not true, not only am I to be seen as a fool, but the whole rest of us who proclaim Him as Lord are foolish also. If He is telling the truth, then the rest of us have either been lied to, or been the brunt of some pretty cruel jokes. Ask now, if he lived, was he a nut job? Could a person who lost touch with reality preach the Sermon on the Mount and still face the hell that is known as Calvary? The only other option is He is who He claimed to be: God (John 8:58, Matthew 27:64, John 9:35-38). If He is God, then He cannot lie; not that He won't, He can't. It's not in God's nature to.
So how do you get to God? As stated above - Jesus said,” I am the truth and the light; no one comes to through Father except by me”. What about all of those who don't know Jesus? I don't know. All I can say is the same thing that Jesus said, "Who do you say that I [Jesus] am?"
My friend made it to LAX with time to spare. He chose my directions. I'm not saying you have to believe in Jesus, all I'm saying is weigh the evidence of what Jesus said. If He doesn't turn your crank, oh well. When He walked on the earth before, there were a lot of people's cranks who didn't get turned, but that didn't stop Him from making the claims that He made or deeds He did. In fact, the signs and wonders are nothing more than a banging drum announcing that the Lord of All, The Lover of our souls, the one true God who is always in control, has come to our lives in the form of a man bearing great news - we've been saved from our fate, we've been called sons and daughters, princes and princesses. Come and see that the Lord is true and good.
As an ex-trucker, I would look at a map. The as-the-bird-flies route is the way I usually go. :)
I really like this article. You make good points and I pray that many people will read and take it to heart. Thank you!