Is Christianity The Only Way to Heaven?

Shannon Johnson Kershner, a Waco, Texas native, and leader of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois, has declared that Christianity is not the only way to heaven.

In a recent podcast with the Chicago Sun-Times, Kershner was specifically asked, “Is Christianity the only way to heaven?”

“No,” Kershner replied bluntly.

“God’s not a Christian,” she elaborated. “ I mean, we are … For me, the Christian tradition is the way to understand God and my relationship with the world and other humans and it’s the way for me to move into that relationship but I’m not about to say what God can and cannot do in other ways and with other spiritual experiences.”

This article caught my attention since I just preached on the issue this past Sunday. It was the final sermon of a series entitled “Lies the Devil Tells Us.” One of his big lies is “there are many ways to God.”

Shmuel “Shmuley” Boteac, an American Orthodox Jewish rabbi and author, once expressed it this way. “I am absolutely against any religion that says one faith is superior to another. I don’t see how that is anything different than spiritual racism. It’s a way of saying we are closer to God than you, and that’s what leads to hatred.”

Several years ago following 9/11 a large evangelical church invited a Muslim leader to speak. He stood in the pulpit and declared, “All of us believe in Jesus. I believe in Mohammad and all the prophets. So our mission here is to introduce people to God.” Then he added, “We believe in Jesus more than you do.”

Charles Colson, in his book, Lies That Go Unchallenged in Popular Culture correctly called  the incoheent religious voices of our day a  “mushy ecumenism.” It is the spirit of our age that seeks to embrace every religious thought as right regardless of its Biblical accuracy. It is tolerance gone to seed that sees few, if any, absolutes.

In a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, more than 75% agreed with this statement: “Many religions that lead to eternal life.” Incredibility more than 50% of those who identified as “highly committed” evangelicals also agreed.

Jesus plainly said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (Jn. 14:60). Not Buddha. Not Brahma. Not Mohammad. Only Jesus. He is the way. Not only one of the many ways. But the only way.

The apostle Peter proclaimed this truth when he said concerning Jesus, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Ax 4:12).

Paul, the apostle converted from Judaism, affirmed that there is just “one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Eph. 4:4-6).

In similar fashion, the apostle John wrote, “ Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God… And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1Jn. 5:1,11-12).

Our culture and our churches need a return to Jesus as the only way to God and to the Bible as the absolute source of authority on all spiritual matters.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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  1. rlb

    Matt. 17:[5] He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son,* with whom I am well pleased; listen to him” ….not Moses, not Elijah, not Mohamed, not Brigham Young, not a pope, and the list could go on…Listen to Jesus says The Father from heaven.

    Thanks Ken!

  2. Comments on this Billy Graham quote (that he’s made numerous times): https://www.storemypic.com/image/O272

  3. Comments on the above Billy Graham quote? Satan is using Billy Graham to lie to us? Of course, I believe that it is 100% OK if you disagree with Billy Graham and cite God’s Word of why you disagree. However, I balk at a common practice I see used a lot by Christians that “If you disagree with me, then you are being influenced by the Devil”. For example, I don’t believe in literal creationism (where the Earth is only ~4,000 years old). I have been told by people at Church that they will pray for me because Satan has warped my mind.

    • Stephen, it’s not a matter of who’s right, but what is right. Furthermore, I may be generally on the right track, but believe or preach something that is contrary to the Bible. In that case, I’m wrong. Regardless of my sincerity of my stature among men. BTW, the Bible nowhere says the earth is 4,000 years old! It’s not a topic specifically addressed in the Bible. While I personally believe in a young earth, I’m not interested in quibbling with people over something the Bible doesn’t say

  4. Peter and Paul certainly knocked heads on occasion. However (correct me if I’m incorrect), but I just don’t recall Paul telling Peter that Satan was using him and had warped his mind.

    • Although he didn’t reference the devil but in Gal. 2 Paul rebuked Peter to his face for his hypocrisy. However, Jesus did speak to Peter in that fashion on one occasion. Matt 16:23
      But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

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  6. So, I ran into this idea the other day while reading scripture… and I’d love to hear your opinion of it.

    There is actually two ways to get to heaven. I pull this idea from

    Matthew 5:20 “For i say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven”

    Keep in mind I’m just exploring this idea, and it’s why I’m asking for input. Basically tho, the two ways would be to live a perfect life without sin (exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees) or put your faith in the only person who fulfilled that position. So lawkeepers attempt and fail to do the first, and if they fail (and we all do) then the only way is through Christ Jesus…

    Opinions?

    • Ken Weliever

      Jerry, Thanks for reading and for your question The “righteousness of the Pharisees” was external and often hypocritical. They were focused more on their traditions that the actual law of Moses.  Their religion was superficial.  And too often practiced to be seen by others.  Jesus is saying that our righteousness should exceed that.  It should be real.  Genuine.  Heartfelt.  It should be inward.   Instead of the righteousness of the Pharisees, Jesus pointed his followers to the righteousness of God, which of course is revealed in the gospel  (Rom. 1:16-17).  Our aim should be to seek God righteousness, hunger and thirst after it, and practice it in our lives. I hope that is helpful Ken Ken Weliever 1912 Creek Bend Dr. Corinth, TX 76208 Cell Phone: 813-507-1726preacherman@weliever.netblog: http://www.ThePreachersWord.comChurch web site: http://www.westmainchurchofchrist.org

          

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      • Look at it this way Ken, Adam and Eve did not require The sacrifice of Christ to be saved because there was no sin. So if a person could live a sinless last life he would not need to be saved. How I’m reading that is at the time Jesus was speaking the Pharisees where considered to be pure in Gods eyes by the people. For Jesus to tell them that their righteousness would have to exceed that he was telling th,e that it’s simply not possible for a person to do anything on their own. Making salvation by Grace only. The only living person to ever exceed the “righteousness of the Pharisees” was Christ. So there is basically two ways to get to haven and to take the liberty to paraphrase Jesus teachings it would be …… you must be perfect, sinless, and holy to gain access to heaven (first way) and God will judge if you where… or bow to me as your king and my righteousness will cover you. So two ways to heaven, one impossible in a fallen earth or Jesus,

      • We are “saved from sin”, don’t sin and you don’t need salvation. So there are indeed two ways to heaven, but only one way to be saved.

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