TITLE: Only Christianity reveals the way to heaven.
Three topics are explained. 1. Only the Christian Holy Bible is the only true Holy book. 2. Only the Christian Triune God is the True and living God. 3. Only Christianity reveals Jesus Christ as the only Way to heaven.
When we speak of religion, God, the Bible and other such topics, many questions come to mind. What is religion anyway? Which religion is the true one and will lead a person to the truth about God and His will? What happens to a person he dies? Does it make any difference which religion as long as a person is sincere? These questions may seem unimportant to many people today, especially the young, since there are so many other seemingly “more important” issues to take their time, such as earning a high income, making sure we have a nice house and car, or picking that right place for the family vacation. But everybody is going to die, sooner or later. And when it is your turn to leave this earth, believe me, your priorities are going to change and you will want to know the answers to the questions we mentioned a few minutes ago.
There are many religions in the world today. There are Eastern religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism and Islam of the Muslims from the Middle East. There is Christianity with its hundreds of denominations – Catholics, Lutherans, Baptists, Pentecostals, and others. There are pseudo Christians, those who call themselves Christian, but do not believe Jesus is God; these are the Mormons, the Jehovah Witnesses, the New Age followers, and other smaller groups. There are also the Atheists who do not believe there is a God and the devil worshippers. Lastly there is Secular Humanism, which teaches man, not God, is the supreme being and Evolution which says there is no God, but all things came from a Big Bang and man evolved from some primordial slime. These last two have been, for the last hundred years or so, a plague for America and continue today to be one of the greatest forces in the destruction of the American Christian way of life.
Webster’s Dictionary has two definitions for religion: 1. It is a belief in and reverence for a supernatural power accepted as the creator and governor of the universe; 2. It is a belief, activity, or cause pursued with fervor and devotion. With all religions claiming to be the way to truth, happiness and life, it is no wonder that there is so much confusion. We need keep in mind that earthly material things can also be someone’s religion. Instead of devoting one’s life to the Creator and where they will spend eternity, many people devote all their time and effort to making their time on earth as pleasant as they can for themselves, many times at the expense of others. To these people, the most important thing is ME and my happiness! They have no time or desire to prepare for death and where they will spend eternity.
As we look at our world today, we can understand why God would say in Matt 7:13-14, “…For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
As we think about our own lives today, we need to keep in mind that we too one day will die, and then what? Are you thinking only about what will make you happy today and tomorrow, or are you thinking about where you will live forever, once you leave this earth? All people are born with an immortal soul. That means everybody will live forever - either in the mansions of heaven with God, forever happy, or they will live in the fiery pits of hell, forever suffering in torment and pain. As we listen to today’s message, we will find that “Only Christianity reveals the way to heaven.” Every other religion is the wide road that leads to destruction; only Christianity is the narrow road that leads to eternal happiness.
There are three truths that are vital to know when we think about religion and the after life. The first truth is:
A. Only the Christian Holy Bible is the only true Holy book.
Most religions have “holy books.” There is the Talmud of Judaism of the modern day Jew, the Koran of the Muslim, the Vedas of the Hindus, the Tipitaka of the Buddhist, the Book of Mormons, and many others. But the “holy books” of all other religions are either only man's thoughts or they are perversions of the Bible. Only the Holy Bible of the Christians claims to be and IS the true inerrant Word of the one and only true God, the Triune God. Only the Holy Bible has the ability and power to show a person the way to God and heaven.
It is very dangerous to study the "holy books" of other religions because all the other “holy” books are nothing more than "do or don’t do" books that claim that by doing “good works” you can work your way to some type of paradise. Since human beings, both men and women, are sinful by nature and are WRONGLY taught today by society that man is “basically good”, it’s easy to see why people are so easily attracted to the pagan false religions. Only the Christian Bible tells us that it is impossible for man to work his way to heaven. Only the Christian Bible tells us that God sent a Savior Jesus Christ to earn salvation for all mankind, which He gives as a free gift to all who trust and believe in Him. We need to stay away from all non-Christian “holy books”, but we also have to be able to defend our beliefs so no one will be able to lead us astray.
Why do we Christians believe the Christian Holy Bible is God’s Word and THE ONLY TRUE HOLY BOOK for the whole world? First there is no other book like it on earth. All the other so-called “holy books” claim MEN as authors: Mohammed dictated the Koran; Confucius wrote the Analects of the Chinese; the Vedas of Hindus and the sayings of Buddha were written by unknown authors. But God tells us He is the Author of the Christian Holy Bible. No other book makes this claim.
The Holy Scriptures as we know them today are 66 different books written in two different time eras by over 30 different people of different sorts and cultures. These penmen wrote in different languages and were as different from each other as any people could be. Moses, a prince of Egypt and later a shepherd and prophet, gave us the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible written in Hebrew, around 1450 years before Christ was born.
About 500 years later the Psalms were written, many by David - a shepherd, a musician and later a king. 700 years before Christ, the prophet Isaiah foretold the virgin birth of Jesus and His suffering and death on the cross by crucifixion. How could Isaiah know about a punishment that was not invented until 700 years later by the Romans? About 70 or 80 AD, around 1500 years after Moses, the Evangelist John recorded Jesus ministry and miracles in the Greek language. These holy men through whom God gave us the Holy Scriptures could not have plotted with each other because their lives were scattered over 1600 years. You would think that a book written under these circumstances would result in utter chaos and disaster. Still perfect harmony exits in all that was written by these holy writers, and there is a wonderful unity in the Holy Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, this Book of Books, in one continuous account, describes the beginning of earth and man, tells of man’s fall from God’s grace, shows that God would send His Son – born of a virgin – to save man from sin and death and even draws a word picture of this special Person Jesus and His life. Then this Book confirms that Jesus Christ fulfilled all of God’s plan, and it finally describes how the earth will end. Was all this recorded in the Bible by over thirty different men over 1600 years by chance?
There is only one answer. Some One other than man was the Author of this one of a kind, wonderful, fantastic Book. There is no other book like it. Only One Being, Who can see the future and has far greater intelligence than man, could plan such a collection of books. Our God, the only true living God, tells us how this happened [II Peter 1:21], “…holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” God was the Mind directing His people [namely the prophets, apostles, and evangelists] to write and to speak everything He wanted us to know. And the result is the Holy Bible – the truth from cover to cover, in which God says (2Tim 3:15), “…the holy Scriptures … are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” No other “holy book” proclaims that Jesus Christ is THE WAY, and the ONLY way, to live forever with God in heaven.
Secondly we believe the Bible is God’s Word because God tells us it is. St. Paul says in [I Thess 2:13], “when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.” How much of the Bible is God’s Word – all of it. The Holy Scriptures are everything that is written in the 66 books of the Bible, from cover to cover. Unfortunately, even among Christians, some feel that the Bible only "contains" God’s Word; they think there are mans' stories and ideas intermingled with God’s Word. But this is not the case; Jesus tells us [John 10:35], “… the scripture cannot be broken.” The Greek word for “cannot be broken” means that something “cannot in any way be destroyed, abolished, or done away with”; that is, no part of the Bible is to be “set aside”.
Scripture “cannot be broken” – you can’t, as modern critics do today, say this part is ok but this section is error and pay no attention to it. Every page, word, and letter is God’s Word and must be treated as such.
St. Timothy under the inspiration of God reminds us, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” [II Tim 3:16].
Edward Koehler, a Lutheran theologian, writes, “Since all Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, all Scripture is the word of God … We must not criticize it, or find fault with it. There are no myths, no mistakes, no antiquated ideas in it, but it is true and inerrant in all it teaches.” In John 17:17, Jesus is praying to God the Father and He says to God, “…Thy word is truth.” Jesus Who is God is showing us that everything in the Bible is true, and we can trust completely everything it tells us. No greater comfort does a Christian have. When God tells you in His Holy Word [Jn 3:16], “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.” you know it’s true and that you as a believer in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior are going to spend eternity in heaven with God, your heavenly Father.
We also believe the Bible is God’s Word because it has stood the test of time. A prophecy is a foretelling by a prophet of some event that will happen it the future. NONE, NONE of the “holy books” of all the other religions have any prophecies, except the Holy Bible, which has over 3500 prophecies, with 2000 prophecies in the Old Testament alone, and 333 of these telling the world of the coming Messiah [which means Deliverer or Savior]. And these 333 prophecies give us 456 specific facts and descriptions so no one can doubt Who the Messiah is and that He has come to earth. And all of the prophecies recorded in the bible have been fulfilled and can be confirmed; everything God said would happen – did happen.
Yet many people don’t realize just how miraculous these fulfilled prophecies are. Peter Stoner, a college science professor showed that the chances of any one person fulfilling just 48 prophecies were one in 10 to the 157th power - that’s 10 with 157 zeros after it. A trillion is only 1 with 12 zeros. And Jesus fulfilled all 456 specific facts. The late Dr. Kennedy, in his book “The Real Messiah” writes, “In short, the odds are so great that it would be essentially impossible for Jesus NOT to be the Messiah.” Dr. Kennedy further writes: “… these prophecies absolutely prove beyond any doubt … 1. that He [Jesus of Nazareth] is, indeed, the very Christ, the divine Son of God, 2. … that the Bible, then, is a divine revelation written by the very hand of God and 3. … that there is a God who has done all of this, a God who knows the future. No other religion offers anything vaguely resembling this.”
Most of the prophecies in the Bible foretell events that will happen to countries or cities around Israel. Of the 333 that tell us of Jesus, the most miraculous is Isaiah prophesying in Isaiah 7:14, “…The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” And in Isaiah 9:6, “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah is foretelling an event that sounds impossible to man. Yet 700 years later, this one time in eternity miracle happened when the Virgin Mary gave birth to the Son of God as we find in Luke 2:11, “…I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.”
Isaiah also foretells that Jesus will come the first time as the “suffering servant” for all mankind; in (Isaiah 53:4-5) he writes: “Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows … He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” Jesus fulfilled this prophecy by going to the cross. Every other religion demands that a person save himself by being good or doing good works. Only Christianity teaches God sent His only-begotten Son Jesus Christ to live the sinless and perfect life we could not live, to take our sins as His own and die on the cross in our place, and then rise from the dead to open heaven and earn our salvation which He gives as a free gift to all who trust in Him and believe He is their only and personal Lord and Savior. St. Paul says in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Besides being a training guide and an instruction book, the Bible is also a record of the history of the world from the time it began. In this unique Book, God tells us how earth began, where and how man came into existence, and He records special events so that you will know that when God tells you something will happen, you can trust Him and know that what He says, will happen. No other book or person can make that claim. Many people have tried to discredit the Holy Scriptures, but the Bible has and continues to this day to withstand all types of attacks. In times past, many other religions and heresies attacked the Bible, but the Word of God stood firm. Even today science, “higher criticism”, Islam, and others are trying to damage the reputation of the bible and destroy Christianity, but to no avail. Jesus assures us, “…the scripture cannot be broken;” [John 10:35], and “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” [Matt 24:36].
We can conclude that the Christian Holy Bible is far above any other earthly book and its Author has to be Someone far more intelligent, all-knowing and all-powerful than any created human being. Furthermore the blessed influence that the Bible and Christianity have had on society and life shows the power of God and His Most Holy Book. The world is a better place because of our beloved Holy Bible, God’s Word to all mankind. Think for a moment about our beloved United States of America. It began as a Christian nation when the Pilgrims settled in this new land and has remained Christian for its short existence of a little over 200 years. Other nations have had longer times of existence, but only Americans have enjoyed religious liberty and personal freedoms like no other nation EVER, in all of history. No other nation in all of history has enjoyed the prosperity that Christian America has afforded its citizens.
Throughout history Christianity, with God’s help, has put an end to many injustices. Women in Christian countries enjoy equality among men and a lifestyle envied by most women in other countries.
Christians protested against the bloody gladiator tournaments during the Roman Empire times, and this murderous spectacle was stopped. Biblical principles were greatly responsible for stopping dueling as a means of protecting one’s honor, and for fair treatment of war prisoners. A Christian woman founded the first hospital.
The Bible has had a godly influence on people and even on nations in charity, in government, in the arts such as sculpture, painting, and music and in literature. No other book, religion, person or thing has even come close to the influence the Bible has had on society.
Truth number 2 of the three truths we must know is:
B. Only the Christian Triune God is the True and living God.
Almost all religions claim some type of supreme being or supernatural force as their reason for existence. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of different religions, each claiming to be the way to some type of paradise in the afterlife. Some claim to have one god, others have hundreds – even thousands - of gods, and a few have no god. In most religions, the worshipper is paying homage to a supernatural being or force so that he can receive some type of special consideration or blessing. Unfortunately in every religion, except Christianity, the worshippers are looking to a non-existent, non-living idol. Millions spend their entire lives doing “good works” for a god who isn’t real and can do nothing do them.
Buddhists and Hindus believe in reincarnation. In these religions a person must do the best he can in his present life so he can advance to a higher station in his next life, one day reaching his goal – for the Buddhist, it’s Nirvana, the highest destiny for the human spirit; for the Hindu, he is reunited with his god. Confucianism in China is more of an ethical system in which each person is expected to do good and live an honorable life. Muslims must follow the rules in the Koran to work their way to paradise. Islam demands that Muslims must pray five times every day, and if a Muslim dies as a martyr (blows himself up to kill his enemy, etc.) he automatically goes to paradise. Judaists, the religion of modern day Jews, do not have a New Testament; instead they follow the rules of the Old Testament to try to work their way to heaven. These are just a few of the largest and more known religions, but all religions, except for Christianity, require the person to work his way to his goal. Unfortunately the religions just mentioned claim to believe in a god, but they are not even worshipping the true God, but a non-living idol.
Only Christians know and worship the one and only true and living God. We concluded earlier that the Christian Bible is the one and only true holy book, and that it can be totally trusted. In the Bible, God speaking through the apostles and evangelists makes it very clear that there is only ONE GOD. Speaking through the Old Testament prophet Isaiah [46:9] God says, “…I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.” In the New Testament, St. Paul tells us in I Cor 8:4, “… we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.” And from Psalm 83:18 we learn God’s name, “That men may know that You, whose Name alone is Jehovah, are the most high over all the earth.” Some today translate Jehovah as Yahweh.
Jehovah is the Triune God, or Holy Trinity as we call Him. Many people call Christians “polytheists”, which means worshipping many gods, because non-Christians do not understand the concept of the Trinity. Even for Christians it is a difficult concept to understand, but we believe it because the Bible teaches it.
Edward Koehler, a Lutheran theologian, describes the Trinity in his annotated Luther’s Small Catechism: “there is One Divine Essence or Being [one God], but there are three distinct Persons [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit]; hence Triune (three in one) God. Human reason cannot grasp the mystery of the Holy Trinity, nor can it be explained and illustrated. Mohammedans [Muslims], Unitarians, modern Jews, and others deny the Trinity of Persons in the Unity of the divine essence; they have not the true God.”
This one aspect, the Holy Trinity, separates Christianity from every other religion. They have either one god or many gods, but not one God Who exists in three distinct Persons at the same time. Yet the Holy Scriptures clearly teach the Holy Trinity. We know from the Bible that each Person of the Trinity is God. Each Person is NOT 1\3 God, but 100% all God; each person is NOT a phase or form of God [EG: a man is a husband, a father, and a brother – same person but three different titles] but each Person of the Trinity is a distinct separate Person. When Jesus appeared after His resurrection, He said to Mary, [Jn 20:17]“… I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” – Jesus tells us the Father is God. Another time when Jesus appeared to His disciples, Thomas said to Jesus, [Jn 20:28]“…My Lord and my God.” – Thomas shows us that Jesus is God. In the account of Ananias and Sapphire, St. Peter asks Ananias, [Acts 5:3] “…how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit…” Then he says, [Acts 5:4] “… You have not lied to men but to God.” St. Peter here shows us that the Holy Ghost is God. So we see that each Person of the Trinity is 100% God, yet there is only one God – hence the Holy Trinity. As Koehler stated, those who do not worship the Triune God, do not have the true God and are worshipping idols – simply pieces of wood or stone.
Some try to say that the Trinity is a New Testament idea. Yet in the Old Testament there are verses that clearly show that God is “triune”. In Genesis, in the first verse of the first book of the Bible, we see the Trinity, [Gen 1:1] “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” The Hebrew word used here for God [Elohim] is plural; it’s like saying “They created”. Here we see the plurality of Persons within the Godhead. In Genesis 1:26-27 we read, “And God said, Let US make man in OUR image … So God created man in His OWN IMAGE, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” Notice God said “Let US, in OUR” and not “Let me, in my”. Some try to say that this is simply God speaking to His angels about the creation, but if they would carefully read verse 27, they would see that explanation is not correct. If God was speaking to the angels and said “Let Us make man in Our image”, then man would have been created in the image of God AND ANGELS. But we know that is not so because in next verse God says He created man in His OWN IMAGE. Again God is showing us the plurality of Persons in the Godhead. Not only in the Old Testament, but also in the New Testament we clearly see that there are three Persons in the Holy Trinity and we are also told Who they are.
God speaking through St. Matthew [28:19] says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”. Notice it reads “in the NAME of”, not “in the NAMES”, of the Father and Son and Holy Ghost. We are to baptize in the name of the Triune God [one God, three Persons]. Human reason cannot grasp the mystery of the Holy Trinity, but we believe it because God’s Word teaches it. There is only one God, the Triune God, and only those who worship the Triune God Jehovah have the only true living God.
The third truth we must know is:
Only Christianity reveals Jesus Christ as the only Way to heaven.
The main intent of all “sacred books”, except the Holy Bible, is to show man how to live an acceptable life so he can work his way to paradise. However the center and heart of the Christian Holy Scriptures is Jesus Christ. From the Bible we learn that God made the heavens and the earth for man, whom He made in His image with an immortal soul and body to live forever on earth with God. But man sinned [disobeyed God], became His enemy and man lost his physical immortality and his perfect relationship with God. The remainder of the Bible tells how God, out of pure love and grace, sent a Savior - His only-begotten Son – to reconcile the world to Himself and to bring man back into a right relationship with Him. Jesus Christ, God’s Son, became flesh and blood by being conceived by the Holy Spirit and being born of the Virgin Mary. This sinless God-man lived the perfect sinless life all men were to live but could not since they had original sin that produced a corrupt nature that always leads them to sin and disobedience against God. This same Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of the whole world and rose from the dead three days later to open heaven for all mankind, which salvation is given as a free gift to all trust and believe in Him as their personal Lord and Savior. One day earth as we know it will be replaced by a NEW heavens and earth where all believers in Jesus Christ will live for eternity with God as their Father, which is what Adam and Eve lost in the Fall.
Except for Christianity, no other religion accepts Jesus Christ as God and Lord and Savior. They claim, at best, he is only a man and a prophet and great teacher. But even some well-respected non-Christian historians acknowledge that this Jesus Person was more than just a mere man. Raymond Taouk of Catholic Apologetics [web address: http://www.catholicapologetics.info/apologetics/islam/risen.htm] writes this:
- In the year 93-94 AD we have the testimony of the well known Jewish historian Flavius Josephus in his Jewish Antiquities (18.3.3. sub sections 63-64) who explicitly states: “At this time there appeared Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one should call him a man. For he was a doer of startling deeds … he gained a following both among many Jews and among many of Greek origin. He was the Messiah … For he appeared to them on the third day, living again, just as the divine prophets had spoken of these and countless other wondrous things about him …”
The Web site Factreal.Wordpress.com [http://factreal.wordpress.com/2009/04/13/nonchristians-prove-jesus-resurrection/] printed this:
ANCIENT NON-CHRISTIAN SOURCES PROVIDE THE FACTS
- About 18 different ancient non-Christian writers present more than 100 facts about the birth of Christ, His life, teachings, miracles, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension: Josephus, Tacitus, Thallus, Phlegon, Pliny the Younger, Suetonius, Emperor Trajan, Emperor Hadrian, the Talmud, Lucian, Mara bar Serapion, etc.
- FACT 3. Jesus’ tomb was discovered to be empty just a few days later
Enemy and critics attested that the tomb was empty. Ancient sources:
Justin Martyr (Trypho 108); Tertullian (De Spectaculis 30)
- FACT 4. JESUS’ DISCIPLES EXPERIENCED THE RISEN JESUS
The disciples preached that Jesus was raised, that the tomb was empty, and that Jesus ascended. They preached a seen and living Jesus with whom they partook food; they preached the Ascension with equal vigor. Ancient sources:
Clement, Bishop of Rome, (First Clement 42:3), A.D. 95; Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, (Letter to the Philippians 9:2), A.D. 101 [reputed to have personally known the disciples … knew many who had seen Christ … mentions the resurrection of Jesus 5 times in his letter to the church in Philippi]
- Whether the world wants to believe it or not, the truth is God came to earth in Jesus Christ: He was born of a virgin; He lived; He died on the cross; and came to life again and is even now in heaven with the Father preparing a place for all who believe and trust in Him. Only Christianity teaches this!
From the Holy Scriptures, we know that God the Father has accepted all Jesus has done as full payment for the sins of the world so those who trust and believe in Him as their Lord and Savior can live forever in heaven with Him. God declares concerning Jesus in Matthew 3:16-17, “… This is My Son, Whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” Those who accept Jesus and His salvation have eternal life in heaven. But God also gives a stern warning to those reject Jesus when Saint John reminds us (3:16-18), “For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the Name of God's only begotten Son.” Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the second Person of the Holy Trinity, God Jehovah, and He is the Lord and Savior of the whole world. Those who believe in Him will be saved, but those who reject Him will go to hell. Many people today, who do not understand God and His ways, try to tell the world that no one will go to hell because God is a God of love. It is true that God wishes all could be saved, but He is also a perfect and just God Who cannot and will not accept sin; He must punish the sinner as St. Paul reminds us in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
All people on earth – past, present, and future; men, women, children and babies – will be punished for their sins. Either they will stand alone before the God of all creation to receive their just due or they can stand before Him with Jesus Christ who bore the punishment for them.
Only faith in Jesus Christ can make us acceptable to God because the blood of Jesus shed on the cross cleanses our sins and opens the doors of heaven to us.
Today many people believe that various religions are simply different paths to God. But we learned earlier that God tells us that anyone, who claims to believe in God but does not believe in the Triune God, is putting his faith in an idol. Furthermore Jesus, Who is God, tells ALL PEOPLE (not just Christians) the only way to live in heaven with God forever [John 14:6] “… I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Jesus says I AM THE WAY [not A way but THE way] and NO MAN goes to the Father but by Him. Jesus also gives this warning, [Matt 10:32] “Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven. 33. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven.” Anyone who rejects Jesus, as God, as Lord and Savior, who denies Him before men, will never be with God in heaven. Those who do not agree with this, either do not understand or believe the bible, or at worst, are calling God a liar; but God’s children know God does not lie.
The Christian Holy Bible is the only Holy Book of the only religion that teaches Jesus is God and He is the only Way to heaven. St. Paul reminds us in II Timothy 3:16, the Bible “… is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” This unique Book teaches how to live on earth and how to treat our fellow man. In India the Hindus have a caste system where one must associate only with those who are equal with his station in life. The modern day Jew, who practices Judaism, is taught “an eye for an eye”; whatever a person does to you, do the same to him and twice as bad. The Koran of the Islam teaches that Muslims are to kill anyone who is not of their faith. Only the Bible tells all mankind “to love your neighbor”, “treat your fellow man the way you would like to be treated” and look only to Jesus Christ for salvation.
All Christians must stay away from all other religions. The Eastern religions [Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and others like these] willfully and totally deny the Holy Trinity and that Jesus is God and the only Savior. Muslims [Islam] and modern day Jews [Judaism] claim to believe in God but they also deny the Triune God and that Jesus is God and Savior. Those who believe and join these religions have forfeited heaven and are on their way to hell. Some religions look and sound Christian but are not; Unitarian Universalists [they call themselves “unitarian” so all will know they are not “trinitarian”], Mormons, and Jehovah Witness also deny the Trinity and that Jesus is the God of all creation so they also forfeit heaven.
The Triune God of Christianity in His Word, the Holy Bible, is clear; JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD AND HEAVEN. He tells us [Acts 4:12] “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” And St Paul says, [Rom 10:9] “That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Those who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (the 2nd Person of the Holy Trinity), that He is God and the Lord and Savior of all people, those will be saved and will live forever with God in heaven. All the others are walking down the path to hell. This is the only true teaching revealed in the only true Holy Book – the Christian Bible - by the only true and living God Jehovah. Amen.