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Born-Again Christians say Jesus Not the Only Way to Heaven

I recognize that much of my writings speak to negative issues in the world. I try to reflect back on God’s love and grace in the midst of current and pending trials for Biblical Christians and our failing and splintered culture. However, since our focus is on the intersection of media, politics and a Biblical Christian Worldview, it can be tough duty at times. The surveys below suggest many, including born-again Christians, believe Jesus is not the only way to Heaven.

Probe Ministries Survey

Probe Ministries, in August of 2021, released their 2020 survey of Evangelical Christian beliefs (ages 18-39). They conducted interviews of 3,106 individuals of which 717 considered themselves “born-again Christians”. In that poll, questions were asked of those who self-identified as born-again. The results include:

Over 60% of born-again Christians believe that Jesus is NOT the only way to Heaven.

Following Buddha and Muhammad also offer pathways to eternity in Heaven. These beliefs do not follow Scripture.

  • Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
  • 1 Corinthians 3:11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
  • John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Pew Research Survey

Further, Pew Research, from a survey conducted in November of 2021, found that

39% of Americans believe that atheists will have the opportunity to go to Heaven.

Again, this runs contrary to the Bible.

  • John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
  • 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

Arizona Christian University Study

In August, 2020, Arizona Christian University conducted a study and found 54% of Americans believe they “will experience Heaven” while,

ONLY 2% believe they are going to Hell.

Biblical Christian theology speaks to this issue in the following verses. There will sadly be many more in Hell than in Heaven based on God’s Word to mankind.

  • Matt. 7:13-17 Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
  • Revelation 21:8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
  • 2 Thes. 1:7b-9 The Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might

For humanity, there awaits a life after the grave. While we remain on the earth, each of us has the ability to make a choice as to where we will spend eternity.

  • John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

Regardless of polls and research studies based on what mankind wishes to believe about life in the hereafter, at the end of our time on this earth, God will judge each of us based on what we have done. Those who have relied on their own works or efforts to do good will be judged at the Great White Throne found in Rev. 20:12 and Rev. 20:15. Those who believe that Christ died for our sins on the cross, and that He is Lord of our lives, will be judged at the Judgement Seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10), with all our sins already forgiven (Rom. 8:1).

Salvation through grace alone, faith alone, in Christ alone, is both as simple and as profound as that.

  • Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
  • Romans 10:9-10 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

As you consider the impact if these faith-based Biblical Christian beliefs are true, know that God desires all to seek and come to Him.

  • 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
  • John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Being a born-again Christian, is accepting the reality that through Jesus is the only way to enter Heaven at the end of our short life (James 4:14) on earth.

Jeff Hilles | BCWorldview.org

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