How Many Ways Are There To Heaven?
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6
There is only one way to enter Heaven and that is through the shed blood of the only Savior of mankind, the Lord Jesus Christ! He is the Way, the only Way and there is none other who died to give man the opportunity to believe in Him, to repent of his sins and to acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior! Every knee will eventually bow to Him and every tongue will confess that He is the only King of all kings and Lord of all!
Jesus warned us that in the last days there would be many false prophets and so there are, some are blatant liars, but many others are subtle, hardly noticeable to a world gone absolutely stark raving mad! With the advent of the self help gurus such as Dr. Phil, Dr. Drew, Dr. Oz and the queen of apostasy, Oprah and the princess of perversion, Ellen, people have gotten the notion that God has some how widened the stairway to Heaven! Their message is one of love, not agape love, but a fleshly, if it feels good it must be God kind of love with many paths that lead to Heaven.
The first church at Pentecost in Jerusalem that was filled with the glorious power of the Holy Spirit set the world on fire with the gospel of Jesus Christ and it was called, "The Way!" There were many false prophets in those days too and many against this new born sect of strange folk willing to sell all, share with their spiritual brothers and sisters and to even die for the gospel! In order to join this new Way one had to be willing to lose all and give up his life completely surrendered to the Lord Jesus Christ!
"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 is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves." Matthew 7:13-15
JESUS IS THE TRUTH
"If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31,32
If Jesus Christ is the truth, then what is the truth that He is speaking of and how does that truth set us free? The truth is the fact that the Lord Jesus came to be a sacrifice for our sins and transgressions committed against a Holy God deeply offended by mankind's behavior, but because of His great love for us He made a way of escape that we might inherit eternal life!
The wages of mankind's sins is an eternal abode in a place of damnation where the devil and his angels shall be tormented day and night forever. There are many religions that claim they have an entrance into eternal life in Heaven but they are deceived, not knowing the truth of God's word and so they believe a lie and are deluded with false teaching that will eventually lead them to Hell! Today everyone likes to think that because God is a loving God that He wouldn't send anyone to a place of torment forever, but they forget the fact that He is a God of truth and justice, not wanting us to perish, but for all to come to the knowledge of His truth!
In order to become a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, one must believe in His sacrificial death by crucifixion, His burial and His subsequent resurrection in which He shed His own blood in order to wash away the sins of those who have confessed and repented and by faith acknowledged Him as their Lord. Without the shedding of the Savior's blood there could be no remission of sin. Has the truth set you free?
And the Word (God) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
JESUS IS THE LIFE
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:4,5
There are multitudes of religions around the world claiming to have the only way of salvation for man but their founders and prophets are all in the grave! Jesus Christ is the only deity who is not dead because He lives forever more, being the Son of the living God.
Jesus Christ is the Giver of spiritual life and by His Spirit He resurrects the hearts of men to know Him and receive the power to become new creations in Him! Through the supernatural power of God we become born again children of the Most High God, filled with the life of His Holy Spirit and transformed into disciples of Christ. The only way to tell if one is born again is by the witness of the Holy Spirit in him that shines forth from his spirit, one to another, giving proof that the life of God is in Him!
None of the religions of the world, nor their gods and idols contain spiritual life, but instead they consist of rules, regulations, laws and rituals designed to hold men in bondage to dead and lifeless traditions and the outcome is a fiery eternity away from the presence of the only true God and Savior, Jesus Christ! Do you have the life of God within you? Are you washed from your sins by His blood and are you filled with His Holy Spirit? If you don't know, then you are eternally lost and falling headlong into damnation in the pits of Hell! If you are lost, repent of your sins and cry out for God's abundant mercy and by faith believe in His redemptive power that is able to save your soul and you will become a new creation in Christ!
And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. I John 5:11-13
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin