Recently I watch a network special entitled "Heaven, is it real and how do we get there?"
Barbara Walters travels the globe asking religious leaders, movie stars, authors, and a mix of others, seeking an answer to these questions. The one that seemed to point to the truth the most, was an Evangelico pastor but even his answers didn't seem to point to Christ as the only way to heaven.
Apparently there are a great number of people that don't know if there is a heaven and are uninformed as how to get there. If you are a Christian then you have the blessed hope of heaven as promised by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you are not a Christian then you need Jesus Christ as your Savior or you are lost.
John 14:6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus Christ is the only way to God.
Why can I make that statement? because of who Jesus Christ is, what He is, and what He alone accomplished on behalf of the human race.
If Jesus Christ is not who and what He is: then there is no God, period.
John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
All the religions of the world are man's attempt to reach God, but God reached down to man through His only begotten Son Jesus Christ.
God gave His Son and His Son died for our sins that we might be
reconciled unto God.
Satan was defeated by Jesus Christ and all who come to Jesus Christ are delivered from Satan's grasp. Now if I were Satan I would most certainly try and keep people from the truth of Jesus Christ.
Um - what would I do? I know! I will point people away from the truth by false prophets, phony religions, human philosophies, science, atheists, etc.
2Cor. 11:13-15For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Matthew 7:15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
If you don't believe in Jesus Christ then you don't have eternal life and God's wrath abides on you. Hell
John 3:36He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
1Jo 5:11And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
Some one may say: I'm not very religious but I am a nice person, I do good things etc.
Are you? Have you kept God's commandments, how about just the 10 commandments?
Have you ever lied?
Matthew 5:28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Have you always honored your parents?
Most people if they were honest with themselves, would have to admit
Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
This is why we need Jesus Christ! God has made a way for us all- SINNERS- to come home to heaven. Jesus died for our sins Took our punishment and gave us His inheritance.
God had to take care of all the legal aspects and this He did, through the blood of His only begotten Son.
Ephesians 1:7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Ephesians 2:8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
So where is heaven and is it an actual place?
Acts 1:11 Which
also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this
same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come
in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
From these scriptures we see that Heaven is where God, Jesus, and angels are. Oh by the way; people will never become an angel. Angels are a distinct created being, people are of a different class of being, but this is another subject.
Please notice: Christian martyrs
Rev 6:9-11 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
What Jesus told a
that turned to Him in faith
What Apostle Paul said
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
I will close this with the following scriptures
2Cor. 12:2-4I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
John 14:1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Rev 20:11-15 And I saw a great
white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the
heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
1John 5:11 And this is the
record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his
I am the way, the truth, and the
life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.