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Do All Roads Lead to Heaven

October 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Do All Roads Lead to Heaven

the-road-heaveThere is a common misconception that everyone worships the same God and that all roads lead to the same place – Heaven. That seems to be the popular view when discussing the afterlife. This may be partly due to the fact that there are so many faiths in our world. Therefore, no one wants to say that everyone else is wrong and they are right. However, Jesus Christ said something quite different. He said that he was the only way to heaven. So, it is either Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven or he is no way to heaven. Think about it.
    
As we look at Scripture we see that all are welcome to spend eternity in heaven but not as they choose. The invitation is open to all but only through the one way provided. In John 14: 6 Jesus says that He is the only way to be saved. It is only by accepting Christ as Saviour and Lord that a person can spend eternity with God.

 To some this may seem offensive. Many will say that people are being excluded from heaven. However, Jesus does not exclude people from eternal life. The invitation is open to all who will call upon Him for salvation, but it does require a denial of false beliefs.

Do you really believe all religions are the same? Hindus believe there are many, many Gods. Jews believe there is only one God, who is personal and knowable. Buddhists in general believe that if God exists he is probably distant and unknowable. They also believe that you get multiple chances at life (reincarnation). Muslims believe you get only one chance at life and are then judged. They believe that on judgement day your works will be measured and if your good works outweigh your bad works you go to Heaven. The bottom line is that all religions cannot be right. The differences between religions across the world are irreconcilable. Just like in any other area of life, we must carefully do our homework to find out which one is true and then discard the rest. Christians believe that no one has been or ever will be good enough for Heaven. Those who go to heaven are qualified for heaven on the merit of Jesus Christ. All our righteousness are like filthy rags before God; hence Jesus’ righteousness is made our righteousness through faith in Him.

What do we make of Jesus’ big claim to be the way, the Truth, and the Life and that no one can come to the Father except through Him? He was also the only major religious figure to claim divinity and convince a large portion of the world that He actually was divine. People were convinced that He performed outstanding miracles; that He lived a perfect, sinless life, and ultimately that He Himself was resurrected from the dead. If we take his word for what it says, Jesus disagreed that most people are going to heaven. He said: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. And  narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Mt. 7: 13 – 14)

Jesus said the minority take the road to life, while the majority take the road to destruction.  Jesus then explains why:

• There is a deception that appeals to most people
• The highway to destruction is an easy road to travel. It has few rules, few requirements, and few restrictions. It is and inclusive road.
• It is an indulgent road. Anything goes and anyone is welcome. Sin is tolerated, truth is moderated, and acceptance is elevated. This is the road most travelled.
• This is the road for people who believe in anything, or believe in nothing. They believe one way of life is just as good as another. They believe that one religion is just as equally valuable as another. They believe that all roads lead to God – if there is a God.

The right question is not “What is the way to heaven?” The question is “Who is on the way to heaven?” For Jesus said in John 10:9, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me he will be saved…” Jesus doesn’t need anything that you can bring, whether it is money or morals in order to put you on the Highway to Heaven. On the other hand, He wants everything you’ve got. In being saved, we give Jesus all that we are, and He then gives us all that He is. But the beautiful thing is, he gives us far more than we give to Him. We give him our sin, He gives us salvation; we give him our rags, He gives us a robe; we give Him our problems, He gives us peace; we give Him our failure, He give us forgiveness; we give Him losses, He gives us love.

Life is filled with decisions. Every day is basically one decision after another. We decide what to wear, what to eat, where to go, what to do and what to say.  Many of the decisions we make are monotonous, but one decision we make is momentous. The most monumental, and the only decision with an eternal consequence, is the decision that you make about Jesus Christ.

Now we can answer the age-old question, “Why would a loving God send    anyone to hell?” The answer is God sends no one to hell, but He will allow you to go there if that’s what you decide to do. The choice is up to you. The number of people who travel the right road are not few because there’s not enough room. God’s  grace has no limits and God’s heaven has no boundaries. The reason why there are few people as compared to the many is because few people willingly make the choice to follow Jesus Christ. Make no mistake. According to Jesus there are only two gates – narrow and wide – there is no other gate.  There are only two ways – easy and difficult – there is no neutral group. There are only two destinations – destruction and life – there is no third alternative.

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