All Roads Lead to Heaven?

by Scott Huckaby

In the wake of the latest school massacre, all manner of solutions have been proposed to reverse the trend. But all these fixes are superficial treatments of symptoms that will do nothing to cure what really ails us. We can pass more laws and add police but this will not curb the violence of those without any moral underpinnings.

Our society is worked itself into a dilemma. How can you teach children right and wrong if you can't agree on "who's morality" to teach? So society has embraced the idea that either "this life is all there is" or "all roads lead to heaven." Either philosophy pretty much allows people to do whatever they want. If there is no ultimate penalty for immorality then why not give in to your urges?

This life is all there is?

It is pretty clear to all who are honest with themselves that life in this world is not all there is. Despite the theory of evolution being represented as undeniable scientific fact by the educational elite, polls show that most people know better. This is because "since the creation of the world God's invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made" (Romans 1:20). It is simple logic... Just as we know that the existence of a watch is proof of a watchmaker, if there is a creation, there must be a Creator.

The do-your-own-thing rationalists are then left with the belief that "all roads lead to heaven." This sounds loving and all-inclusive but it is an evil deception in stark contrast to God's Word. Scripture warns us that, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death" (Proverbs 14:12). God gave us His Word so that

we may know the difference between truth and dangerous doctrines. Jesus made it clear that His road is the only one to heaven when He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6).

God is Love

Those who embrace the lie that "all roads lead to heaven" have a cosmic teddy bear concept of God. After all, God is love so why would He create people to be punished eternally in hell? It is true that God is love. He created us in His image to have a genuine relationship with Him. He gave us a free will so that our relationship could be on a dynamic level. But the down side of having a free will is that people are also free to reject the relationship that God so lovingly offers everyone.

It is irrational to believe that God will bestow eternal life on people who reject Him. If God only lives to bless all people, why did He create a flawed world with suffering, misery, and death? Why put us through all this? Why not go right to the eternally happy state? The Bible makes it clear that bad things happen in this world because of sin (Genesis 3). Sin has consequences both in this world and eternally. So this fallen world is a reminder that there is an ultimate penalty for rejecting God. Thus adversity is a manifestation of God's grace (Romans 8:28).

God's longsuffering with man

God is longsuffering with mankind because He wants all to accept Jesus as their Savior. But there will come a day when He will grow weary of striving with man and bring it all to an end (2 Peter 3:3-11, Genesis 6:3). So don't put off yielding yourself to Jesus. God does love you and wants you to know Him: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

God loved us so much that He temporarily set aside His full glory (Philippians 2:5-8), manifested Himself as the man Jesus Christ (John 1:14), and paid the penalty for the sins of those who would believe Him (Romans 5:8). Many have found God's Word, the Bible, to be true. Don't just accept the world's view of the Bible, you owe it to yourself to check it out for yourself. The first three chapters in the book of John is a good place to start.