Are There Many Ways to Heaven?
Only one Gospel
Jesus Christ is the Way to Heaven! “Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:5-6
Today many think, “All roads lead to Rome.” In other words, it does not matter which road you travel. You will soon arrive in Rome. Well, that may be true about going to Rome or Washington, DC, but it is not true about going to Heaven. When you die, you will not go to Rome or Washington, DC, but you will either go to Heaven or Hell. As Rome is a real place, so are Heaven and Hell. Many are traveling the road toward Hell, and only a few are traveling toward Heaven. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction (Hell), and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life (Heaven), and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). The Bible is God’s road map to Heaven.
Some believe that all roads, all religions, and all gods will lead to Heaven. That is not true. There are many religions, but there is only one Gospel. There are many churches, but there is only One Christ. “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed…” (Galatians 1:8-9). There are options for milk as 1%, 2%, whole, skim. There are options for churches as Methodists, Pentecostal, Muslim, and many Baptist churches, but there are no options to Heaven. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Jesus Christ is God’s GPS to Heaven! There is only one true and living God and no options. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:13). “For there is one God; and there is none other but he” (Mark 12:32). “There is one body…one Spirit (Holy Spirit)… one hope…One Lord…one faith, one baptism (into Christ), One God (Creator) and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).
When you die, God does not ask the name of your church. The Bible says, “Salvation which is in Christ Jesus” (not “in” the church). God only sees two kinds of people, those (1) “in Christ,” and those (2) “without Christ.” When you are “in Christ,” you have the way, the truth, and the life.
I Am The Way – Jesus Christ restores broken fellowship between God and sinners (John 3:16). Jesus is not “a” way, but “the” way to Heaven. You will always come short trying other ways (Romans 3:23). Jesus Christ is the Way to Heaven.
I Am The Truth – The Word of God is the only absolute truth. All have sinned (Romans 3:23).“All” includes you. Eve listened to the Devil’s lies and Adam disobeyed God (Romans 5:12). Truth is not found in a system, or philosophy, but in a Person. When you find Jesus Christ, you find the truth! All other religions are false.
I Am The Life – All without Christ are spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1). Those “without Christ” are alive to the things of the world, but dead to heavenly things. Those “without Christ” only exist, but do not have spiritual life.
Those “in Christ” have passed from spiritual death into spiritual life (John 5:24). “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life” (John 3:36). Only God can satisfy the longing soul (Psalm 127:9).
Conclusion: Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. The Way – Christ Himself is the Way to the Father. The Truth – Christ is not merely a Teacher who teaches truth, but He Himself is the Truth. The Life – Jesus said, “I am the life.” Without Christ men are dead in trespasses and sins. Christ said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). You cannot find the way, know the truth, or experience the life without Christ. “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). No man includes you! Are you “in Christ”? “But as many as received him (Christ Jesus), to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12). Beware, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12). So, all roads may lead to Rome, but only the Lord Jesus Christ leads to Heaven.
When you come to the end of life, make sure you are “in Christ.” Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, died as the sacrifice for your sin, and rose from the grave as your Saviour to become the Way to Heaven. There are no other options. No one can go to Heaven without Christ – No one! Will you now receive Christ as the way to Heaven?
“Yes, I know I am a sinner and cannot go to Heaven without Christ. I believe He died for my sins and rose to save me. I now repent of my sin and receive Jesus Christ as my way to Heaven. According to the Scriptures I am now “in Christ.”
What next? Let others know you are now saved. Seek a Bible-believing church, be baptized, pray, study your Bible and be a faithful Christian.