Q: Is Jesus the only way to attain salvation?
A: If someone loves God, then God loves him back. God does not care which religion you belong to as long as you love Him and remember Him. God will not destine anyone to hell just because he or she is not a Christian. Furthermore, Jesus never said that if you belong to a religion other than Christianity, you will be destined to hell. Respectfully, this notion is introduce by some missionary Christians in order to convert people to their religion and appease their numbers.
Sikhs believe that salvation can be attained by anyone who meditates on God regardless of their caste, color, class, gender, or religion. God is not bound by boundaries, He is omnipotent. Sikhs believe that Sikhism is the simplest, most straightforward way of realizing the present of God, to be One with Him, and attain salvation, but in no way Sikhs claim that Sikhism is the only way to attain salvation.
Similarly, Sikhs do not believe that Jesus is the ONLY way to attain salvation. Before Jesus was born, people who worshiped God attained salvation. Dhruv is one of many devotees who attained salvation before Jesus was born. If Jesus is the only way to attain salvation then how did the people who existed before Jesus attained salvation? After Jesus was born, many people who did not even know that Jesus existed attained salvation in India.
In thirteenth and fourteenth century, when people in India did not even know that Jesus existed, the devotees of God attained salvation in India. (Note: Europeans did not discover India until fifteenth century). Among those devotees that attained salvation are Naamdev Ji, Kabeer Ji, Sain Ji, Dhana Ji, Ravidas Ji and many more whose hymns are in the Holy Scripture, Guru Granth Sahib Ji. In their hymns they have written about their longing to meet God, how they worshiped to meet God, and finally attained salvation. Furthermore, the way they took to meet God is the same way Jesus showed to Christians, which is to worship and meditate on God, be sinless, renounce greed, lust, ego, anger and arrogance.
In John 14:5-6 Bible says, ‚€œThomas said to Him, ‚€ėLord, we do not know where you are going, how do we know the way?‚€™ Jesus said to him, ‚€ėI am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.‚€™‚€Ě By this Jesus means, Jesus is the WAY, no one comes to God but through the way showed by Jesus. God did not send Jesus to this world as a person but as a way to reach Him.
The way Jesus showed Christians is the same way Sikh Gurus showed to the Sikhs. Gurus are to Sikhs what Jesus is to Christians. Our paths are the same but different teachers. It is like we both are taking physics class, one in England and the other in USA. We are covering the same material but are being taught by different teachers. The way Jesus showed to meet God has been described very clearly and thoroughly in Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The way has been described in so much detail that after reading it, one completely understands what he or she has to do in order to meet God.
Sikhs encourage everyone to read the Holy Scripture, Guru Granth Sahib Ji. The scripture does NOT emphasizes on converting to a particular religion but shows the way to meet God and attain salvation regardless of the religion one belongs to. Anyone who reads Guru Granth Sahib Ji becomes enlightened and begins to understand God and His creations.Related Information