Wayne LewisIs Jesus the only way to Heaven? video412teensGQkidzJesus only wayaudio Question: "Is Jesus the only way to Heaven?"
Answer: Yes, Jesus is the only way to heaven. Such an exclusive statement may confuse, surprise, or even offend, but it is true nonetheless. The Bible teaches that there is no other way to salvation than through Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He is not a way, as in one of many; He is the way, as in the one and only. No one, regardless of reputation, achievement, special knowledge, or personal holiness, can come to God the Father except through Jesus.
Jesus is the only way to heaven for several reasons. Jesus was “chosen by God” to be the Savior (1 Peter 2:4). Jesus is the only One to have come down from heaven and returned there (John 3:13). He is the only person to have lived a perfect human life (Hebrews 4:15). He is the only sacrifice for sin (1 John 2:2; Hebrews 10:26). He alone fulfilled the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17). He is the only man to have conquered death forever (Hebrews 2:14–15). He is the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). He is the only man whom God has “exalted . . . to the highest place” (Philippians 2:9).
Jesus spoke of Himself as the only way to heaven in several places besides John 14:6. He presented Himself as the object of faith in Matthew 7:21–27. He said His words are life (John 6:63). He promised that those who believe in Him will have eternal life (John 3:14–15). He is the gate of the sheep (John 10:7); the bread of life (John 6:35); and the resurrection (John 11:25). No one else can rightly claim those titles.
The apostles’ preaching focused on the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Peter, speaking to the Sanhedrin, clearly proclaimed Jesus as the only way to heaven: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Paul, speaking to the synagogue in Antioch, singled out Jesus as the Savior: “I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin” (Acts 13:38–39). John, writing to the church at large, specifies the name of Christ as the basis of our forgiveness: “I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name” (1 John 2:12). No one but Jesus can forgive sin.
Eternal life in heaven is made possible only through Christ. Jesus prayed, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3). To receive God’s free gift of salvation, we must look to Jesus and Jesus alone. We must trust in Jesus’ death on the cross as our payment for sin and in His resurrection. “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (Romans 3:22).
At one point in Jesus’ ministry, many of the crowd were turning their backs on Him and leaving in hopes of finding another savior. Jesus asked the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” (John 6:67, ESV). Peter’s reply is exactly right: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68–69, ESV). May we all share Peter’s faith that eternal life resides only in Jesus Christ.
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Sloan BashinskyWayne, you are speaking from what you have read and were told and believe. You do not speak of having had even one direct experience with God or Jesus. You and I can converse for days, weeks, months and even years, and remain light years apart. I'm not picking on you. I have many Christian friends who share your views, who will learn when they cross over that they did not have it all figured out. Same for you. Unless, you are shanghaied by God and remade before you leave this life, which is what was done to me, and it was not a bit of fun, and it lasted a long time, and it's still in progress.
I had that discussion a number of times with Jim Hendrick. He never believed me, I didn't think. He seemed convinced he had everything as figured out, as you seem, Wayne. He viewed me, he once told me, as an interesting subject to examine. I had been examining him since the moment I met him. He truly was interesting. A lot more interesting than most people I knew.
When I decided that I didn't think I should have further dealings with Jim, I was told in my sleep by a familiar voice that a great soul had been lost. I kept that in mind, and after some time had passed, and there were new openings, I began having dealings with Jim again. Sometimes he came to me in a dream, with information or insight I needed in that moment. It was very different between us in my dreams, than in the so-called real world. Same with me and some other people I have known.
Anyway, Wayne. You have stated your position, and you need not restate it here. However, if you get captured by Jesus, like what happened to the Christian killer Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus, and you then are being turned every which a way but loose, and are seeing things very differently, and perhaps are terrified and even wonder if you are going nuts or it is the Devil doing it to you, you will find I am someone you can tell all about it, and I will not think you are crazy or making it up.
Sloan BashinskyMuch has been published about the historical cruelty of Christendom: the Crusades and Inquisition and Salem Witch trials, for examples. Many people today view Islam as cruel. Yet, just me talking here, what could be more cruel than elements of a religion, Christendom and/or Islam, for examples, claiming their god is the only true god, and anyone who does not believe that dies and burns in hell forever? Jim Hendrick and I were in complete agreement about that.
Sloan BashinskyAs for Jesus' baptism, which he said in the gospels he was anxious to get on with, and that he brought not peace, but a sword ... John the Baptist said in the gospels that Jesus' baptism would be in fire and in spirit. Jesus lived that baptism during his ministry. His disciples lived that baptism after he left them still as children, which changed after the Holy Spirit invaded them at Pentecost and grew (reborned) them into adults God could use.
What the bulk of Christendom views as being born anew is nothing like what Jesus' close followers experienced. Nothing like what Saul of Tarsus experienced. Jesus told his disciples in the gospels that he had other flocks unknown to them. I can imagine Islam's mystical Sufi sects know plenty about being baptized in fire and spirit and being born again. Read their polestar poet Rumi's verses. I can imagine Jesus being really pleased with Rumi and his irascible spiritual teacher, Shams.
I have known a few people in this lifetime, including myself, who were treated to the baptism in fire and spirit and rebirth. There is no way to begin to imagine it, before it happens to you. It changes everything. How you see, hear, think, react, etc. Everything. High lamas know that all too well. As do indigenous shamans. As did Christian mystics, such as St. John of the Cross and St. Francis of Assisi. As did and do mystics in other religions and spiritual traditions.
I found Jim Hendrick was not interested in any of that. Perhaps he already had been there, done it, as a high lama? Perhaps he reincarnated as Jim Hendrick, instead of as a lama, because he was slated to experience the real baptism and rebirth, and he wanted to put it off a while longer? Who can say? God's ways are not our ways. God is unfathomable. Along the way, I learned, in spades, that respect for, fear of, and obedience to God are part and parcel of the real baptism and rebirth.