Eternal Life

Are There Many Ways to Heaven?

What does the Bible say about salvation? Are there many ways to God?
I remember the first time I heard someone say that there was only one way to be saved--only one way to get to heaven.

I was sure they were wrong. What difference did it make if Buddhists wanted to call God one thing, Muslims another, and Christians something else. I thought it was judgmental for Christians to think they had better answers than people of other faiths.


Very Different Gods
Then I studied these other religions and read more of the Bible, and I realized that the Christian, Muslim and Hindu Gods are very different in character and purpose. We are not all worshiping the same God.

I also read these verses in the Bible:

“God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” 1 John 5:11,12

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3;16

What does the Bible say about salvation? Are there many ways to God?
Christ's death and resurrection--the only answer for sin
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except though me.’” John 14:6

The Bible and Jesus Himself say He is 
the only way of salvation. It wasn't something Christians had come up with on their own.

More Questions
I still had so many questions. So I continued to seek answers.

I didn't understand everything I read, and that bothered me. But the most difficult thing for me to understand was why God the Father would send Jesus to save mankind after all the stupid and evil things mankind has done.

Other things were easier to understand:
  • Jesus is the only God who bases salvation on belief.
  • Other religions base salvation on good deeds, religious practices and/or enlightenment
  • The Bible has the only answers for man's sin problem.  
  • Christ's payment on the Cross is man's only hope.
  • Christ doesn't need us, but He invites us to be His children.
  • All we need to do is believe.
  • But Christ expects more than "easy belief"--He expects lifestyle-altering belief. Once we become Christians, Christ expects us to deny ourselves and follow Him (Luke 14:26-33). We are not saved by good works, but we are saved for good works (Ephesians 2:10, James 2:14-26). 
  • Every person has an opportunity to seek the Truth about God and God promises that if we seek Him, we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 7:7-11). 
What does the Bible say about salvation? Are there many ways to God?
Committed to the Mystery
I committed my life to Christ based on these things I could understand and the greatest thing I couldn't understand—His incredible, saving love.
As I've gotten to know Christ and the Bible better, I've found great comfort in my inability to understand God—it proves He is far greater and wiser than I am.

If you haven’t committed your life to Christ, I encourage you to read the Bible and seek God. If you genuinely seek God, you will find Him (Matthew 7:7-11).

For another view of salvation read "Can A Simple Misunderstanding Keep You From Heaven?" 
For in-depth information on other religions and how they differ from Christianity, see the site: Many Paths to One Goal?
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8 comments:

  1. Yes, the Bible says me must beleive but you are saying that one must act diffrently to become saved. Believe in who Jesus is and what he has done is all one must do to be saved. I read no where in scripture to saved that I must act diffrently. As a beliver who grows in a personal realationship with his Lord and savior and comes to know Him through reading His Word one would hope that the new creation in Christ would be just that, a new creation in Christ.

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    1. We are NOT saved by good works, but everyone who is genuinely saved will do good works. They will repent of sin and learn to live in obedience to Christ. The Holy Spirit within the true believer will not allow them to remain sinful and selfish.

      "We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, 'I know him,' but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did." 1 John 2:3-6

      James 2 reminds us that demons have a type of "faith" in Christ--they believe He exists and know His power. But theirs is not saving faith because saving faith in accompanied by good works.

      I hope this answers your question.
      Thanks,
      Gail

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  2. That's right. we show our faith by what we do. There should be a change and good fruit in our lives. Christians are Christ followers and have died to the power of sin, but yes, it is scary that even demons believe in God, and tremble. God is working in us to change us, and we have to trust that as well even if the changes seem slight and our flesh still seems strong in many areas. He's still working on us to make us more like Christ.

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  3. We are saved by faith alone and not by works lest any man should boast. We are saved unto good works but not by our works. All faiths including Mormon which is the author of this site I believe says you must do something. True Bible faith says Jesus did it all. He paid for our sins with his precious blood, most people just cannot except that. We are saved to do good works, until we are saved we do not have the Holy Spirit working in us to do anything of eternal value.
    Mormonism believes in many gods anyway. True Christianity is belief in one God.

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    1. Dear Patience and Love,
      I encourage you to read the above article again with more patience and love. No where does it say we are saved by works. No where does it teach anything associated with Mormon doctrine.

      Every major point is backed up by Scripture.

      If you have a problem with the statement that Christ expects life-altering belief, not "easy belief" I have linked several Scripture passages for you to read.
      Gail

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  4. Gail, I read the article and responses. I have to say what your saying is something the Holy Spirit has been revealing to me lately. I have had the thought that faith is hard. I have been really living in faith since April when we were buying our first house. I compared the process to riding a roller coaster with my eyes closed and only opening when Jesus said to. I was holding His hand all the way. Since we have been here my life is pressing me to exercise my faith and it's hard work. When you really give your life to Jesus, God wants us to prove our faith like Abraham did with his son Issac. God says we can't please Him without faith. This is why Paul said to fight the good fight of faith. It isn't easy and if we choose to follow Jesus we won't regret it in eternity.

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    1. Thanks, Regina, for your thoughts. I believe many Christians and non-Christians have come to believe the false doctrine that because salvation requires no "works" that living as a Christian also requires no "works." But Scripture clearly commands us to prove our salvation by our changed lives and good works.

      God bless you.
      Gail

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