The statement in my title has been said time and time again about small towns and communities where the roads leading out are few and the opportunities limited. In most cases, the statement is not true, only an exaggeration (there are perhaps places where you have to fly out to get where you want to go, but those are exceptions, not the rule.)
The statement “You can’t get there from here” is true when it comes to trying to find what pleases God. All spiritual roads do not lead to heaven. All religious traditions are not worshipful to God. All doctrines that claim to be inspired are not truth.
God is not the elephant that is being felt by blind men- one who feels the trunk and thinks it’s a hose; one who feels the ears and thinks it’s a fan; one who feels the legs and thinks its a post; and one who feels the tail and thinks it’s a rope. The fact is they are all equally wrong. It is an elephant. Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Paganism- these are not different roads up the same mountain. They are each on completely separate and equally wrong mountains, if reaching the true God is your final destination.
To be more practical and closer to home: according to George Barna, “although most Americans consider themselves to be Christian and say they know the content of the Bible, less than one out of ten Americans demonstrate such knowledge through their actions.” (http://ow.ly/5LQDq). “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Prov. 16:25.
It is easy and oh-so-human to start with an idea of what is good or right or moral, then try to bend the Bible around that idea or proclaim that errant idea as “Chrisitian” because it seems right. We might as well say, “Well, if the Bible doesn’t say this is right, then it ought to!”
When it comes to living for God, it really does matter where you start. You can’t start with emotion, compassion, upbringing, tradition, or gut-feeling. You have to start with the Word of God- the Bible. Otherwise, you just won’t get where you think you’re going.