ALL OR NOTHING: CAN WE GO TO HEAVEN WITHOUT JESUS?

John 3:36 KJV

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

Let’s take a second to be practical about faith.

There are many religions, yes?

And it was said that “all paths lead to God.”

So the point was made to me today on Facebook.

Again, let’s be practical.

Can 2+2 equal anything else than 4?

If I were to argue that 2+2=5 “it just depends on how you look at it, where you were born or who your parents were” – you would say that’s just not right.

It’s the same with all truth.

And think about it.

Why would it be different with the truth that means the most?

I mean, we are talking about eternity in heaven versus eternity in hell, right?

The Bible teaches “God is not the author of confusion.”

1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”

He wants us to have peace. Peace with having answers to our questions. Peace in knowing God is pleased with us. Peace to know we are going to heaven.

So where does this confusion come from about which faith is true?

Man.

Not God.

God is perfect.

God had ALL power.

God created man.

God communicates with man through the bible and believers sharing their faith.

He has designed all of us to receive His truth.

But we are afraid.

What are we afraid of?

We’re afraid someone won’t go to heaven.

What if mom, dad, brother, sister, an orphan in South America, or even I don’t believe in Jesus and give him my life?

Aren’t we all good people?

Aren’t we all important?

What if someone never heard of Jesus?

I’m glad to answer these questions.

First, I want to say that we can only be responsible for our own path.

We can’t be afraid to accept the truth just because we disagree. (Remember about 2+2=5?)

It behooves us to investigate an “all or nothing” arrangement. Because being on the wrong end of that arrangement means we lose.

So if I’m in disagreement with an all or nothing truth, that’s truth I should investigate or risk consequences.

The bible is clear:

John 3:36 KJV

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

Jesus is the answer to our sinful nature. Without his perfect sacrifice to accept our sin we are under God’s wrath (we are in danger of punishment) because we are innately sinful. (Ever tried not to sin? How did that go?)

So here’s Jesus offering his gift of life.

Let’s get practical again.

Why would God come down to earth and die on the cross and need to do anything else to save people in another faith?

Is there any greater extreme?

Is there any greater price to pay?

Does he need to give one truth to one faith, and an entirely different truth to another faith, and a truth that’s “similar” to another faith?

Of course not!

With Christ, it’s all or nothing. The following scripture says we are condemned without committing to Christ:

John 3:16-19 KJV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

His life was a ransom for many.

2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

We can’t make ourselves “good.”

Let’s face it.

God defines good.

He made everything.

So what we call good can be bad.

Jesus was perfect. He never sinned. How could he? He was God. God can’t sin.

So is the best arrangement there can possibly be to bring man back to God.

Unfortunately,  not all receive this arrangement.

The bible is true.

And in the bible God acknowledges many will not believe.

Matthew 7:13-14 NLT

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.

But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”

We all have a choice to make right?

And I didn’t forget about the question, what if someone has never heard of Jesus?

Read this.

Romans 2:14-15 NLT

“Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it.

They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right.”

It’s right there!

We have a conscience. Planted in us by God himself!

So when we obey God with our hearts, even when we don’t have the truth of Christ’s gospel, we are saved!

Lord, I pray for every person who reads this or doesn’t read this. Help us to find you! Thanks for coming here on us to find us! Give us grace to trust you! Bless us to give into your truth and love you more than our inward desires. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

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