Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Catechism #46

Q. Do all religions lead to heaven?
A. No; Jesus said He is the way, the truth, and life, and no one gets to the Father except through Him. 

Some well-meaning people like to say that all religions eventually lead to heaven. “You have your religion, and I have mine; we’ll all make it in the end.”

This sounds nice to people who are tired of religious bickering, but there is no way that can be a true statement. If two people are looking at a map, and one concludes a left turn is needed, and the other thinks they must turn right, they cannot both be correct at the same time. One has to be right, and the other has to be wrong.

If two gods both claim to be the exclusive way to heaven, how can they both be right?

Jesus said He is the way, the truth, and life, and no one gets to the Father any other way (John 14:6). That is either true or false.

Christians believe Jesus is the only way to the Father, but Jews reject the Messianic claims of Jesus as they wait for the “real” messiah. They can’t both be right.

Furthermore, not even all religions even believe in heaven. Some believe in reincarnation, others, nirvana. If a religion’s end goal is to achieve oneness, peace, or enlightment, they would be offended at the thought of heaven. Atheism, Satanism, and Lucifarianism (to name a few) are religions that do not believe in heaven.

So how can all religions lead to heaven? They can’t. Most of them don’t even want to. Don’t confuse people by telling them all people and all faiths make it to heaven. The Bibles clearly teaches that salvation comes through no other means than Jesus (Acts 4:12).

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