Friday, February 22, 2008

Do all roads lead to God?

Do all roads lead to God?

I’ve heard many well intentioned folks say that no, not all roads lead to God. I disagree. I say that all roads do, in fact, lead to God.

If you consider yourself atheist, your road leads to God. If you're an agnostic, your road leads to God. If you’re a Muslim, your road leads to God. If you’re a Buddhist, your road leads to God. In fact, no matter what you believe, your road leads to God.

The Bible say’s in Hebrews 9:27 that it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. The Bible is clear that after we die, we will stand in judgment before God.
The question is not do all roads lead to God, but rather, how does one get forgiveness of sins and eternal life with God?

You may say, "What sins?" The Bible says in 1 John 3:4 that whoever transgresses the Law commits sin. So sinning is transgressing or breaking God’s Law.

Which Law? The Ten Commandments, God’s moral Law.

Have you broken God’s Law?

Let’s look at just three of the Commandments…

The 9th Commandment is thou shall not lie. Ever told a lie? That makes you a liar. The 8th Commandment is thou shall not steal. Ever stolen something? That makes you a thief. The 3rd Commandment is thou shall not take the Lord’s Name in vain. Ever said something like, "Oh my G**?" Or used His name as a curse word? The Bible calls that blasphemy. The Bible says that God will not hold him guiltless who takes His Name in vain. The Bible says that all liars will have their part in the lake of fire. The Bible also says that no thieves will inherit the Kingdom of God.

That’s the bad news.

But there is good news!

Two thousand years ago, God sent His Son Jesus Christ to Earth. He lived a perfect sinless life. He died a horrible brutal death on the cross for the sins of the world; for your sins and my sins. They buried Him. But three days later, God raised Him from the dead so that you could have forgiveness of your sins and eternal life in Heaven. It’s like this; you broke God’s Law, but Jesus paid your fine.

The question now becomes; how do you receive this forgiveness of sins? The Bible says you must repent of your sins and place your trust in Christ to save you from God’s wrath on judgment day. To repent is not just saying you’re sorry, but turning your back on sin as well. Trusting in Christ is like trusting a parachute. You don’t just believe in a parachute, you must put it on for it to save you.

Once you do this, you will pass from death to life and God’s wrath will pass-over you.

9 comments:

Joseph Albrecht said...

Well said, sir!

pastorbrianculver said...

very well said! I also like your little evilution video on the sidebar!!

Badbeans said...

Waynedawg,

A man who says he is without sin "is a liar, and the truth is not in him." Because of the transgression of Adam, whose only commandment was to abstain from eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, all of mankind is cursed to die because of sin.

However, the soul of man is neverdying. Eternity is a concept that carnal man cannot comprehend. But the correct question is, as you put it, do all roads lead to salvation? The answer is no.

We do not have the ability nor the capacity to judge the salvation of another; this is reserved unto God himself. However, we can know the tree by the fruit it bears. And I am afraid the majority of people are barren of good fruits.

WayneDawg said...

Badbeans!!!

My long time blog friend.

Thanks for your comments. When could we all possibly be blessed by reading some new postings from you?

Please, please start writing again; you are sorely missed in this sphere.

I hope all the J's and your beautiful bride are doing Ok.

Dawg

Roland said...

Good post.
You know Christ saves and so do I.

What reason do they have to put their trust in Christ?
Just because we say so?
Or is there some way to better demonstrate it?
What are your thoughts?

WayneDawg said...

Roland, welcome!

Those are very good questions.

"What reason do they have to put their trust in Christ?"

In a simliar manner, Thomas asked Jesus almost the same qeustion in John 14:5. Thomas asked, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?"


The reason someone should put their trust in Christ is because there is no other way to recieve forgiveness of sins and eternal life with God. Jesus said He was the way, truth and life. No one, He said, comes to the Father except through me.

"Just because we say so?"

No. Jesus said in John 6:44, that no one can come to Him (Jesus) unless the Father draws him.
That's a very difficult verse to most people. The truth is, unless God the Father is drawing someone to Christ, that person will never come on his own. There is nothing we can say (with our own words) to bring someone to Christ. We can reason with a sinner about the Law and if the Holy Spirit moves on that person to humble them, then we can share the Gospel with them. But that still does'nt mean they will repent and trust. But, we were faithful to proclaim the Gospel as we were commanded to by the Lord Himself.

"Or is there some way to better demonstrate it?"

The love of God toward man is that He sent His Son to die for us. The King of Kings left a perfect sinless place of glory and humbled Himself in the flesh of man to take on the sins of the world. Your personal sins, my personal sins; everyones personal sins. Jesus was horrifically tortured and nailed to a cross for mans sins of lying, stealing, adultery, not honoring our parents, not keeping the Sabbath, coveting, idol worshipping, murdering, blaspheming and not putting God first in everything we do. He died on the cross and was buried in a tomb. But, three days later God raised Him from the dead so that we COULD have forgiveness of those sins and eternal life in Heaven.

Roland - There is no better way to demonstrate what God has done for us than to tell a sinner some bad news and then then share the Good news.

There is no greater love to be found anywhere else. Not in a earthy father or mother, not in a husband or a wife. Not in a son or daughter.

No, there is no greater way to demonstrate to someone how we can be free from the penalty of sin and be made righteous in the sight of God.

I hope I have answered what you were asking.

Dawg

pastorbrianculver said...

nice response WD!!

Doorman-Priest said...

Good post, Wayne. Over the last three or four posts on my blog we have been looking at the same issue. Please come and visit and join in. It would be good to have your perspective.

Hannah J said...

Semantically, that's a very interesting take on that question. Keep up the good, stimulating theological discussions!