Answering Popular Beliefs by Dale Graham
The popular belief today is “all roads / religions lead to God” and people think “a loving God wouldn’t send anyone to hell”…..Well, the Biblical truth is BOTH of those beliefs are partially correct, but not complete! Now, I will back this up biblically!
- “All roads/religions lead to God”- Yes, this is true because we ALL will stand before God and give an account for our lives, and then we will all proclaim Jesus Is LORD. (Romans 14:11-12) BUT, NOT all roads will lead one past God and in to Heaven! ONLY Jesus is the Way, the Truth, & the Life, and the ONLY way to Heaven! (John 14:6, Acts 4:12, and many others.) So that statement, if said completely would be–“All roads/religions will lead to God, but ONLY ONE road leads to Heaven….The one through Jesus! No matter what may be the popular belief or idea today, they are all false. This is a popular belief among the New Age teachings, because the false idea of inclusivity is a feel good, non-judgmental way to make all religions equal, which never has been nor ever will be true!
The Gospel of Jesus Christ IS VERY narrow, and very unapologetic about this fact. If you don’t like that or do not want to believe that, that’s your choice, BUT there is no changing this fact! All the different religions (including Islam) in the world are man’s (failed) attempt to reach God, thus they will never work. Christianity is God reaching down to people.
With religion, we must attempt to work our way up to God in an attempt to obtain salvation or “nirvana” or whatever the different religions call it. With Christianity, Jesus death & resurrection paid the price IN FULL, and there is nothing we can do to earn, achieve or deserve salvation. It is by the Grace of God that we are saved, & not of works.
We can either accept it or reject it. That is the ONLY choice!!! We are saved purely by the grace of God through faith in Him alone. It is NOT by works or anything else we can do. It is truly a gift that we can never earn or deserve. No matter what, so none will be able to boast about doing this or that to get in to Heaven!
- “A loving God would not send anyone to hell” Again that is true BUT not complete. The complete truth is that God doesn’t send people to Hell; they send themselves there by not accepting Jesus as their personal Lord & Savior! God created us, and said “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (Romans 3:23) and “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23) Then, in His great love for us, He sent His Son to pay the price for ALL of our sins! God set the rules, and then paid the price of our sins! And the only unpardonable sin is rejecting Jesus as your Lord & Savior. So, if one ends up in Hell, it is NOT because God sent you there, it is because YOU sent YOURSELF there, by rejecting Jesus’ offer of forgiveness & salvation!