I had a Facebook friend send me a message recently informing me that he believed that it didn’t matter what a person believed as long as they believed in some form of a god or in some form of religion they would go to heaven. In his opinion it didn’t really matter because he believed that all roads led to the same place. He asked me my opinion, and if I agreed with him. My answer was absolutely, unequivocally not.
Sad to say there are many people who agree with him. My friend here on Facebook told me that his view leans toward universalism if he had to put a tag on himself, and he believes that those who are devoutly devoted to any religion will end up in heaven. I do not believe that to be true.
I do not believe that everybody that is part of a religion will somehow magically find their way to heaven. Jesus himself tells us in Matthew the 7th chapter
13You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many that choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
Jesus’ image of the narrow way is contrary to much of the world’s thinking today. Many people’s assurance of salvation is a delusional thinking. To enter the narrow gate of the kingdom of heaven, we must knock, that is, request that God make us citizens of his kingdom as we read in the 7th verse of Matthew 7.
Here in Matthew 7, Jesus is shooting straight from the hip, He is intending for his words to be convincing and that we might see the truth of his statement and be jolted from our mediocrity and complacency. In reading the words, “and only a few ever find it “, we should consider the genuineness of our commitment to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I look at many people in churches today, not to judge them, but I just am curious how many “religious” people in organized religion today assume that they are saved when in fact they treat Jesus’ teachings and death on the cross very lightly, and they give no thought to the way they live their lives, giving no attention or thought to thought to their treatment of others, their morality, their integrity and character, and so on in their day-to-day lives. We have all seen or had knowledge of people who lead ungodly lives, and then pretend to be religious or spiritually gifted in church. Jesus addresses this in Matthew 5
“You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 So if your eye—even your good eye—causes you to lust, rip it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your hand—even your stronger hand—causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
Many may disagree with me on this subject, but I have the courage and direction to communicate what I believe to be Jesus’ message as clearly as he meant to convey it. I wanted to make many aware that it is possible for people to assume they are saved and yet be damned. In today’s society our world has developed “cultural Christians,” those following only Christian tradition and not Christ himself. They understand the name of Christ but have not accepted Him as Lord and Savior. They are “church marinated” but not “blood washed” and need to realize that they need conversion.
Jesus, God the Son became flesh, a man, suffered and died in agony and suffering on the cross so every man and woman could find forgiveness for their sins, freely and easily as they accept His sacrifice. And there have been many in the last 2000 years, many that have rejected Him, and many that have accepted Him. For many that have accepted him, it has meant torture, imprisonment and even their lives.
Imagine for just a moment to yourself that the end of time is at hand, and we are all standing before God in judgment. Imagine to yourself the multitudes as they stand before God in two groups, those who have accepted the sacrifice of the Son of God on the cross for their sins on one side, and those who have rejected Him and His dying sacrifice on the other. As you are now imagining this scene to yourself,l imagine God throwing His hands up and saying “Forget all that cross stuff, all that Jesus and salvation silliness, everyone come on in”.
I can assure you my friends that will not happen. God does not wish for anyone to go to hell. The Word of God tells us that He is patient with us, and He does not want any of us to perish, but He wishes everyone to come to repentance, and that is the repentance of their sins and acceptance of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for forgiveness of their sins.
I often hear people say, “How could a loving God send anyone to hell? God does not want anyone to go to hell. He took great, elaborate lengths to insure that all might know eternity in heaven by believing in Him (Jesus Christ). We all will choose where we spend eternity. The choice is ours and ours alone. We can choose God’s gift of love in His Son Jesus and His sacrifice upon the cross and spend eternity in heaven, or we can refuse God’s love and spend eternity in hell.
The choice is clear, how will you choose? Hell yes, or hell no?