A famous television evangelist once stated that Jesus wasn’t the only way to heaven. That make’s no sense at all. Let’s take an inventory of somethings that we as Christians can believe as true.
If you are a Christian you believe…
1. in God as being the all-powerful creator of the universe.
2. Jesus is God.
3. Jesus (God) suffered, was crucified, died, and was resurrected for the redemption of all sins for all humankind.
When dealing with a Christian (most kinds) you can take for granted that this is what they believe is fundamentally true. It’s even put in a creed recited during the service of some churches. It’s the confession of faith asked before believer’s baptism.
Now let’s look at the logic behind why it’s not reasonable to believe that Jesus is just one way to heaven.
Before Jesus was arrested he was terrified of what he was about to endure. He was so overwhelmed by what he was about to face that he was sweating blood. Now I have been stressed before, I mean really stressed. The day I had to face the resolution of my custody battle was the worst day of my life, but I still didn’t sweat blood. Jesus knew that he wasn’t just going to be inhumanely tortured, he was going to carry the burden of sin for every person that every existed or ever would exist. I know that just carrying my own sin is pretty awful, now add to that everyone else’s. Wow.
Then look at a man that was deprived of food and drink. A man that was abandoned by his friends in his hour of need. A man that was beaten by a mob of priests that claimed to love him. A man that was lashed front and back until he had exposed bone. A man that was crowned with thorns driven into his skin. A man that was mocked and ridiculed by the very children he came to save. He was paraded through the streets were he was spit on, hit with rocks and forced to carry his own death. Then see him crucified with huge nails piercing his hands and feet. Then forced to endure the torture of all of this pain while fighting to breathe.
We have admitted that Jesus is God and the all-powerful creator of the universe. Yet he willingly endured all of this to save us.
Now, if there was another way to heaven, don’t you think it would have been more logical for the all-powerful creator of the universe to come to us and say, “Take that way?” Wouldn’t it have been easier to just tell Adam and Eve how to get back into the garden thousands of years ago? Couldn’t he have just told them to be “good people”, donate to charity, and pray a lot? It certainly would have been easier for him.
If you believe that, then he didn’t need to come to earth as a man at all. He could have just stayed in heaven with God the father. Instead he endured suffering that, as a man, he didn’t want to have to endure. He begged God to deliver him from the burden of suffering, but he did it anyway because he knew he had to for us.
To believe that there is another way to heaven diminishes Jesus. It means that he did it the hard way when he didn’t have to. It means that he endured all of that just to give us options? The creator of the universe offered himself in our place as a living sacrifice so that we could have a back-up plan?
That’s just crazy!
To be a Christian means that you have surrendered your faith to the grace of Jesus Christ and confessed your sins to him. You have accepted his gift of mercy and sacrifice. You have died to yourself and been sealed with the Holy Spirit. There is no way that you can believe after that he was less than the perfect lamb who gave his blood to see us washed clean. God made the ultimate sacrifice and testimonial of love to have his children in fellowship with him again.
You don’t have to be a great theologian to see that there can’t be more than one way. It’s just faith with a dose of common sense.
John 3:3 NLT
Jesus replied, “I assure you, unless you are born again,
you can never see the Kingdom of God.”