Only Way To Heaven?

FAQ: Those are credible arguments for Jesus, but why do Christians say that Jesus is the only way to heaven?

Jesus Himself claimed to be God and others recognized Him as such. He said, "I and the Father are one" (John 10:30). The original Greek is literally, "I and the Father, we are one." Jesus also declared that He is the only way to God: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me" (John 14:6). Again, looking at the Greek, Jesus didn't use the words "a way," He said "the way."

Therefore, the important question is whether we can accept what Jesus claimed? The most dramatic evidence for Jesus Christ being the Son of God is the historical reality of His resurrection from the dead after His crucifixion on a Roman cross. In fact, we do have multiple eyewitness testimonies regarding the resurrection of Jesus. In 1 Corinthians 15:3-6, Paul establishes the following: "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living."

Manuscript studies indicate that this was a very early creed of the Christian faith, written within a few years after the death of Jesus Christ. Therefore, it's dramatic that Paul ends the passage with "most of whom are still living." Paul was inviting people to check out the facts. He wouldn't have included a statement like that if he was trying to hide something like a conspiracy, hoax, myth or legend.

The resurrection of Jesus was also declared in numerous other accounts, including the appearance of Jesus to Mary Magdalene (John 20:10-18), to other women (Matthew 28:8-10), to Cleopas and his companion (Luke 24:13-32), to eleven disciples and others (Luke 24:33-49), to ten apostles and others (excluding Thomas) (John 20:19-23), to the apostles (including Thomas) (John 20:26-30), to seven apostles (John 21:1-14), to the disciples (Matthew 28:16-20), and to the apostles on the Mount of Olives (Luke 24:50-52 and Acts 1:4-9). The ultimate test of credibility for these eyewitnesses was that many of them faced martyrdom for their testimony. This is dramatic! These witnesses knew the truth. What could they possibly gain by dying for a known lie? The evidence speaks for itself, these weren't just religious faithful dying for a religious belief, these were followers of Jesus Christ dying for a historical event - His resurrection that established Him as the Son of God.

The primary reason that Christians profess Jesus Christ as the only way to heaven is that He forgives sin and offers eternal life (John 10:28), something that no other religious founder or leader has ever claimed. Every human is separated from God by sin. According to God's holy standards, each human must either pay the penalty for his sin (death) or find a willing, sin-free substitute to pay the penalty for him (Hebrews 9:14, 22). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the only possible substitute. Out of love, He demonstrated His willingness to pay the world's penalty by dying on the cross for each and every one of us. In His divinity, He saw the sins we would commit before we were even born. Yet, His love poured out to us before we even knew Him. That's why Jesus is the only way to God and heaven.

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Historical Evidence of the Crucifixion
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WHAT DO YOU THINK? - We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.

What is your response?

Yes, today I am deciding to follow Jesus

Yes, I am already a follower of Jesus

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