Do many faiths lead to eternal life? It may surprise you to know that 52% of professing Christians believe that at least one other non-Christian faith can lead to eternal life. Is this true?
It is often argued that God is love, so how could He condemn anyone to eternal punishment? Isn’t it better to believe that, in the end, God will forgive everyone and grant us all with eternal life?
It is true that God is love, but this understanding fails to remember that part of love is allowing the one loved to choose. God loves us so much that He will let us walk away from Him if that is what we desire. He has provided a way to be united to Him, but we must accept the offer. God is also holy and just. This means that sin cannot enter His presence without payment being made. If the only payment that is worthy (Christ’s death) is refused, it leaves the sinful person to pay for his/her own sin for eternity. This view also ignores that God is truth and that He would never lie to us. God’s word contains many statements that warn of eternal punishment for the lost. We would be well-served to believe them.
What about those who are seeking God in other religions? What about Jews and Muslims? Don’t they follow the same God as Christians? After all, they follow the God of the Old Testament, right?
Well, John 14:6-7 reads, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.'” Also, 1 John 2:23 states, “No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.”
The Bible tells us that as time moved on, God revealed more of Himself to humanity. As God revealed more and more, people were responsible to accept God’s revelation and live according to God’s revealed will. In the New Testament, God reveals Himself in the person of the Son, Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, many did not accept Jesus as the Son of God. They refused to accept this new revelation. Instead they denied that Jesus was God and continued to worship a god of their own making. Muslims and Jews fit into this category. By denying Christ, they deny the Father.
The Bible and Christianity teach that there is only one way to God. It is through the Son, Jesus Christ. Those who are on any other path are lost.