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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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