Perhaps the mother of all questions when it
comes to religion is: Does it really matter which belief system one chooses to
plug into, because, after all, all roads lead to Heaven, right?
The answer is terribly important, of course,
because if only one road leads to Paradise we had better make sure we're on it.
Popular thinking would have us believe that an
all-loving God will welcome everyone into eternal Heaven providing we give any
flavor-of-the-month religion our best shot.
Broader still, God will embrace even the
atheist who loudly contended that there was no God.
After all, God is all-forgiving, all-merciful.
He's Santa Claus, isn't he?
I recently overheard a conversation between a
Bible-believing evangelical and a guy who maintained that God is not so narrow
as to restrict Himself to one Book, one Way.
The conversation went like this:
The route we choose is not determined by us,
I have to believe that Buddhists, Hindus,
Muslims, the lot, will all be welcomed to some kind of an after-life.
Don't expect me to believe that those who
don't accept your Jesus are doomed to an eternal Hell.
Many other books are considered as sacred as
your big, fat Bible.
I do base my spiritual beliefs on the
statement that the Bible is the one-and-only inspired Word of God.
The Bible points out clearly that it—the
Bible—is God's Triple-A road map to Heaven.
The road is very narrow and the way very
God's route to Him is through His Son Jesus
Christ who died and rose again for all mankind.
Essentially, the Bible states it's Christ's
way or the highway.
Because of that totalitarian position,
Christianity cannot be part of any smorgasbord religious offering alongside the
teachings of the eastern religions, cult propaganda, or man-made, feel-good
Christianity is all about Christ being the
way, and the only way.
We all have our own truth.
There can only be one truth.
Truth is not subjective.
It is absolute, not relative.
The Bible is replete with the statement,
"Thus saith the Lord."
Proverbs 14:12 in the Old Testament states
pointedly, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death."
It matters little what we think.
If we reject what the Bible states, we face
the consequences of what the Bible warns about—a literal, eternal Hell.
Our eternal salvation and our place in Heaven
can be determined right now.
That may sound overly simple, but Christ did say
we must come as a child and simply call upon the Lord.
The Bible says:
1. We have
died for our sin and shed His blood to cover our sin.
3. Unless a
person is born again he will not enter Heaven.
Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
said, "No man can come to the Father but by Me."
If you choose to reject or ignore that, be
prepared to face the consequences of eternal, wide-awake separation from God.
What about those who have never nor will ever
hear this? How will they be judged?
Those who have not heard nor ever will have
the opportunity of calling out to Christ for his free salvation, will be judged
by God by their response to His witness in creation.
Anyone who worships the God of creation and
not the creation itself will be welcomed into Heaven.
Having said that, we are instructed by the
Bible to spread Christ's message of salvation to all creatures.
It is said there are more people alive on the
earth today than have ever lived in total, so the onus is on the Christian to
spread the news.
God's creation reflects the existence of a
creator, plus we are born with a God consciousness which prompts us to seek and
There has never been a tribe discovered that
did not worship something.
There are relatively few who have not heard
the story and the offer of salvation through Christ.
But very few do accept the offer.
That statement is supported by Matthew 7:14
which says, "Narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be
that find it."
Well-meaning Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims must
turn from their man-made religions and bow to Christ who died for all.
All religions demand solid effort by man to
Christianity is the only religion where God
reached down to man and completed our salvation.
But we must call out and embrace it.
Why would any forward-thinking person rest
their future on the musty writings of 66 books that make up the Bible?
Good solid question there!
I guess the simple answer is that the Bible
claims to be the Word of God.
Many times Jesus of the New Testament referred
to the writing of the Old Testament as being from God.
The Bible remains the all-time best seller,
and has stood the many atheistic attacks.
If the Bible were not of God, it would have
been sliced, diced and tossed centuries ago.