It would seem that the majority of the people of the world think so. They make such statements as: "It makes no difference what a person believes as long as he is honest and sincere." Then, people are urged to "Join the church of your choice." Others say: "One can be saved outside the church as well as inside." Such statements indicate that people who say such things really think that all roads lead to heaven. When you get right down to it they even say so. "You believe what you want to believe and I will believe what I want to believe and we will both end up in heaven even though we are travelling different roads. Because all roads lead to the same place."
Such statements and ideas as given above are in direct contrast to what is said in the Bible. We are told to study the Bible that we might know the truth that will make us free from the bondage of sin. (2 Tim. 2:15; 3:16,17; Jno. 8:32; 17:17). Sin is a transgression of God's law. (1 Jno. 3:4).
If and when we become familiar with the Word of God, through a study of it, we will be aware of such statements as: "Not everyone that saith unto Me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the Will of My Father Who is in heaven." (Matt. 7:21-27). Jesus also said: "He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My sayings, hath one that judgeth him: the Word that I spake, the same shall judge him in the last day." (Jno. 12:48). So, the Word of God, the Bible, will judge us in that day. We must abide by it's teaching and do what we are told.
In 2 Cor. 5:10, Paul says: "For we must all be made manifest before the judgment-seat of Christ; that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he hath done, whether it be good or bad." In 2 Jno. 9-11 we read the following: "Whosoever goeth onward and abideth not in the teaching of Christ, hath not God: he that abideth in the teaching, the same hath both the Father and the Son. If any one cometh unto you, and bringeth not this teaching, receive him not into your house, and give him no greeting: for he that giveth him greeting partaketh in his evil works."
What people are saying, when they say that all roads lead to heaven, is that each person can follow his own steps, believe what he wants to believe, do what he wants to do, and still arrive in heaven only by different roads or through different beliefs. Such thinking is actually saying that man can direct his own steps when it comes to the matter of religion. But the Bible says: "O Jehovah, I know that the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man that walketh to direct his own steps." (Jer. 10:23) And again: "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; But the end thereof are the ways of death." (Prov. 14:12).
There is only one way that leads to heaven and that is through following the teaching of the Word of Christ Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (Jno. 14:6). Won't you let us help you to find that way and follow in it?
By Jim Sasser
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