"There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it." --Acts 4:12
"Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." --John 14:6
These are a couple of choice verses/messages from God's Word that I am using to set up what I wanted to address for a bit going forward. . . .
Surely one of the greatest proclivities in the our fallen nature--which is really more like a COMPULSION--is the constant habit of wanting to put something else in with having Jesus being THE ONLY way to God. Adding something/someone . . . or replacing altogether another "go to" besides the Lord is what we tend to do. The Catholics insert Mary . . . the LDS have Joseph Smith and the "restored gospel" . . . cults have their cult leaders . . . witches go to spells . . . pagans draw from any number of other gods or demigods . . . or, above all (which is really all that is happening in each of these cases) we turn first to ourself as mediator. Charms, mantras, "lucky" items, "saints", legalisms etc., we are apt to look to and rely on . . . instead of looking WHOLLY and ONLY to the Savior. . . . Politics, "white knight" politicians, yoga, meditation, "prophets", entertainers, love interests, a profession--any and everything OTHER than Jesus is relied on first and then He is added as a support, an afterthought. . . .
This compulsion happens so subtly, so fast, so cloaked in "light" or "good intentions" or creativity . . . that we are not aware that we are doing it. We think and claim we lean first and foremost on the Master . . . but in our inner reality . . . something else is usually going on. And we keep searching and trying new things (because any thing or any one other than Jesus is bound to fail) instead of resting completely and solely on Him. . . .
So . . . with that foundation briefly set up, next I will talk about a couple of specifics that have come up recently. . . .
"For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus," --1 Tim. 2:5
(p.s. thank you for your kind words--they are a great encouragement to me! God bless you.)