Can Only Christians and Those Who Accept Jesus Christ Go to Heaven?
What are God’s requirements for Getting into Heaven?
Can only Christians and those who accept Jesus Christ go to Heaven? Before we can determine if Jesus is the only way, we need to look at God’s requirements for Heaven. God is holy and cannot allow one sin to go unpunished. What is the punishment for sin? Eternal death. At creation, Adam and Eve were perfect and sinless. That all changed in Genesis 3, when Adam and Eve sin against God by eating the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. For the first time, humankind is separated from God. It is a permanent condition; no amount of good works can ever bridge this gap. The Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of God’s holy standard.
But I am a good person you may think; surely a loving God will not condemn me to hell. The Bible says that if you have broken any of God’s commandments, you are guilty of breaking all of them. Let’s take a test:
Have you ever told a lie, even a so-called “white lie”?
Have you ever stolen anything, even if it is small?
Have you ever looked on anyone with lust?
Have you ever used God’s name in vain?
Take the full Are you a Good Person Test. Turn up your speakers and follow the directions on the page.
If you have done any of the above things, you are guilty of breaking God’s law and this is only 4 out of the 10 commandments. If you were to stand before a holy God, would you be innocent or guilty? I would definitely be guilty, that is why we need to be saved.
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What Does God Require for the Forgiveness of Sins?
In the Old Testament, God required various animal sacrifices. “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed by blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” Hebrews 9:22. Animal sacrifices could not bridge the gap. Only a man who lives a sinless life could pay for the sins of others. Let’s examine a few of the world’s religions to see if any one qualifies as a sinless savior.
Buddha tells us that the ultimate goal in life is to achieve enlightenment. Sin in Buddhism is understood as moral error or ignorance. They do not believe that there is a need for forgiveness or a savior. Buddhism believes life is an endless circle. You die and are reincarnated as something better or worse depending how you live your life. In other words, it is a works based religion.
Hindus think of humankind as divine. Hinduism like Buddhism believes in reincarnation based on your karma. It too is a works based religion.
A Muslim must be obedient to the Five Pillars of Islam. The five tenants are testimony of faith, prayer, giving, fasting, and pilgrimage to Mecca. Islam is based on what man has to do to get to God, works based.
Christianity is based on God loving the world so much, that he sent Jesus to die in our place, and if we put our trust in Jesus, we will be saved (John 3:16 paraphrase). Christians believe that we are saved by faith in Christ alone, not by our works. All of the other religions are works based. This makes Christianity unique. Another uniqueness about Christianity is that it is the only religion to have a living savior. All of the other founders are dead and gone. You can visit their tombs, not so with Jesus, because He is not there.
Is Jesus the only way to Heaven?
Many people have varying opinions of who Jesus is. Some say he was a good teacher, a good person, or the Son of God. What does the Bible say about Jesus? John the Baptist called him the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Isaiah says that He bore the sin of many and made intersession for sinners. Peter said that he is the Christ the Son of the Living God.
Let us take a deeper look at who Jesus said He is. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me” John 14:6. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” John 10:30. Jesus also said, “and this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” John 17:3. Jesus clearly claims not only to be God, but the only way to God.
In this day and age, many frown upon absolute truth. I have heard it said many times that there is no such thing as absolute truth. I find that argument amusing because it in itself is an absolute statement. Some say that if you believe in absolute truth you are narrow minded. My response, is truth broad or narrow? 1 + 1 = 2, it can never be 3, 4, 1. It is always 2. If you jump off a skyscraper believing that you can fly, it will be your last flight when you fall to the ground and probably die.
Jesus: Liar, Lunatic, or Lord
The question that everyone must answer in life is, is Jesus a liar, a lunatic, or Lord. Would a good person claim to be God? How about a good teacher? Most people agree that Jesus was a good teacher, that his teachings should be followed. Only a liar or certifiably insane person would claim any such thing. The only other conclusion that can be is that Jesus is Lord; He is the only way to God.
You may be thinking if Christianity is true, how can I be saved by God? First, you need to admit that you are a sinner, that you have broken God's law. You need to repent and turn away from your sins and turn towards Christ. You need to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died and rose again. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins and tell Him that you accept Him as your Lord and Savior.
© 2012 Eric Cramer