A friend once said: “We are all here to serve a purpose and when we are done we leave this world for a new one.” Sounds great, doesn’t it? Deep within this statement is the concept of universalism―the belief that everyone will go to heaven.
Such belief says we are all here for a purpose and everyone gets a happy ending. No matter what they did in this life. There is no sin, no hell, and no eternal punishment.
C. S. Lewis once said:
The safest road to hell is the gradual one―the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
Easy is the way that leads to hell. You don’t need to do anything to get there. The only requirement is to continue living self-centered, self-focused, and in sin.
Randy Alcorn states:
So heaven is not our default destination. No one goes there automatically. Unless our sin problem is resolved, the only place we will go is our true default destination…hell (Heaven, 23).
Heaven on the other hand is much harder to enter because we cannot do it on our own. We cannot earn enough merit with God by our good deeds.
Heaven is freely available to all those who put their faith in Jesus Christ―the only way to heaven.
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few (Matthew 7:13-14 ESV).
This text clearly states that there is a narrow gate to heaven. There is only One door that leads to eternal life not many.
Unfortunately, only a few will find it. In fact it says that this way is hard because it will be different from the common, popular notion and belief out there―that all religions lead to God and heaven.
Its easy to accept what everyone else thinks and believes. Ultimately, this view will lead to a very disappointing outcome―not God, not heaven but destruction (v.13).
Truth is: there is one God, one heaven, one way―Jesus Christ. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). There is no such thing as many roads to God. Tragically, this view is deep within the roots of our culture and society. Although this is the popular belief, it does not match up with what the Word of God says.
Salvation is by grace, through faith in Christ. “And there is salvation in no one else [but Jesus], for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
It takes faith to believe Jesus. It takes faith to believe who he is, what he did during his earthly life. To accept Jesus as Lord and Savior means we have to repent of our sins and change the way we live.
Change is hard, unpleasant, and unappealing. Thus many are quick to reject Jesus due to his demand to change and thus reject the only way to heaven.
Only those who are wise will believe in Jesus as the only way to heaven. Only those who are willing to choose the road less taken will find eternal life.
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life (1 John 5:20).
So be brave, bold, and courageous and choose the road less taken. The only way that leads to heaven and all its glory―everlasting joy, peace, and happiness. Jesus Christ is his name. Choose Him today.
“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3).