The REASON WHY Not All Religions Lead To Heaven
"Jesus said to him: 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. NO ONE comes to the Father EXCEPT through me.'" John 14:6 The Gospel of Jesus Christ is different from all religions and is rejected by man on the basis of its exclusivity. It's different from all religions in its purpose. Most of the religions of the world have their goals in common, which are to be "good" and to appease God with good works. That is NOT the purpose or goal of following Jesus Christ. Some say all roads lead to heaven. That is NOT true. The claim of Jesus Christ is that there is only ONE way. "Jesus said to him, “I AM the way…" And the Scripture makes it clear that there is NO OTHER way. "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is NO OTHER name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12 Why is that? The Scriptures show us that we are innately sinful, born into sin, born into a fallen human nature, and that sin prevents man from entering heaven. All sin carries a sentence of judgment on it - and herein is the purpose of Christ's coming to this earth: Jesus came to bear the judgment for man's sin in his place, and offers his atonement to anyone who will believe in him and surrender their lives to him. The founder of no other religion dies for his people. The founder of no other religion atones for the sins of his followers. And that's where the deficiency lies. They tell you that goodness and charity are the way to salvation. It simply is not true, in fact, it's heresy. If people could be saved by goodness, then the crucifixion of Jesus Christ would have been unnecessary. The most righteous person in the world is still a sinner and the sin needs to be judged, but none of these religions can provide someone to take that judgment for sin. But that's exactly what Jesus Christ came to this earth to do. Think of it this way: when a man accused of murder or rape stands before a judge in court, it will do him no good to tell the judge what acts of kindness and charity he has done. The judge is not interested in his good deeds, the man has committed a crime and that is the only subject dealt with in the court. And it's the same with our lives, we are not judged on our goodness or lack thereof, the elephant in the room is our sin. We cannot escape judgment on the basis of whatever good we've done. The subject is our sin. Our sin must be judged. The one thing that makes the Gospel different from all religions is that Jesus Christ comes into that courtroom and takes the judgment FOR the believer. In place of that believer. That's what the Cross is all about. When the sinless Savior hung on that Cross, he was not being judged because of any sin he committed - because he was sinless. No, he took OUR judgment upon himself. And anyone who believes that, receives that, and surrenders to him - the judgment on their sins has been paid. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses all who come to him. The "many" and the "few"... "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. Because narrow is the gate and difficult the way which leads to life, and there are FEW who find it." Matthew 7:13-14 The Scriptures are very clear in teaching that the atonement Jesus Christ provided for sinful man is the ONLY way to salvation, and that is the point where "the many" stumble. The world demands that we believe all religions lead to God, but that is a lie. That is the broad gate that the "MANY" take. The gate leading to eternal life is truly narrow, it is exclusive, it is the only way, and it's difficult for mankind to acknowledge the truth of that. That's why "there are FEW who find it." If there were other ways, the Son of God would not have had to die. That would have been unnecessary. There must be something terrible to be avoided, that the Son of God would have to pay such a terrible price. Come to the Savior. Confess your sinfulness before him no matter how evil, no matter how many; if you humble yourself before him and ask him to become your Lord and your Savior he will. MORE: Who Is God?