Have you ever asked someone if they’re going to Heaven when they die? Very rarely will they answer in the negative. They’re good people, they’ll say, so why wouldn’t they make it in? Well, according to the Bible, salvation is an exclusive, limited-time offer. Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 NIV). In other words, there’s one entry requirement for getting into Heaven: Jesus.
Naturally, this isn’t popular. It’s just too narrow for most people, but really, that’s the way it had to be. None of us can behave our way into Heaven. Not even Mother Theresa! After all, the Bible says if you sin one time, you’re not good enough to get into Heaven (James 2:10). Needless to say, nobody’s perfect (Romans 3:23). That’s where Jesus comes in. The Bible says It also says that, “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Sin has separated us from God, and Jesus alone dealt with our sin problem. That’s why He is the Way.
Is God Unloving?
That said, while God’s way of salvation is narrow, His heart is wide. He wants everyone to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4). He offers the same gift of salvation to the whole world (John 3:16). Still, many people are put off by this business of needing a Savior. Besides, what about individuals who haven’t heard of Jesus?
For starters, God has revealed Himself through creation (Romans 1:18-20). Likewise, He has revealed Himself through our consciences (Romans 2:12-16). To anyone who responds to these revelations by seeking Him, He gives them more knowledge. For example, the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-40) and the Roman centurion Cornelius (Acts 10) both sought the Lord. God sent Philip to preach the Gospel to the eunuch, and He sent Peter to preach the Gospel to Cornelius. Both men believed.
The Bible says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). If you honestly seek God, you will find Him. Like Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8).
The Way to Heaven may be narrow (Matthew 7:13-14), but it’s better than our ways. Our ways don’t save; God’s Way does. Do you believe?