Originally posted by dbates
I think that this is the general belief of most Christians. Are there other circumstances where one can get into heaven? Possibly, but that path
isn't laid out clearly, so it's best not to "wing it" and do your own thing. Of course there are those who died before Jesus was even born who are
under different circumstances. The idea of Jesus being the only way comes from a quote by Jesus, and words by Peter and John.
The path to heaven is clearly laid out: follow God's commandments.
John 14:6 "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. "
There are two points I would like to make about this statement.
1. The word "through" is translated from the greek word Dia, which also means "though: by means of" or "though: the ground or reason by which
something is or is not done". Which would be an affirmation that Jesus died for the sins of all
2. This statement is taken slightly out of context. If you read it in context, you will see that it is just one part of an answer. The very next line
of the answer is 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father, too. But now you do know him, and you have seen him.
Acts 4:12 "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
Once again name is from the greek "Onama" which also means "everything which the name covers, everything the thought or feeling of which is aroused
in the mind by mentioning, hearing, remembering, the name"
Which could simply be referring to the teachings of Jesus, or the fact that he died for the sins of all men.
I believe the quote from Matt 7:21-23 was a lesson about not just giving lip service.
Guy #1 - "I'm a Christian" *actions = rape, murder, stealing*
Guy #2 - "I'm a Christian" *actions = kind, caring, sharing*
Which one of these two is actually a follower of Jesus? That's the premise of Matt 7:21-23.
Actually, taken in context it is a lesson in humility. Read all of Chapter 7 for the context of the lesson it contains.
It is akin to the story I heard of some leaders of a church giving the humblest man in the church a pin to wear. The following week, the man wore the
pin to services, and the leaders took the pin away.
Are these the only two verses that this idea come from?
If it were that important wouldn't there be more than 2 of 7955 verses stating it was so?
This would be the crux of my problem. I beleive in God. I beleive Christ died for the sins of all men. I believe that by doing God's will, one will
go to heaven. I believe in the second coming of Christ. I believe in the teachings of Jesus. All of these things make me a Christian. However, when I
read "To go to heaven and be with God for all eternity and see all of His creation you must accept Christ as Savior", I do not see the humility that
reflects the teachings of Christ.