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July 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“To give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace."—Luke 1:79 (NLT)
All roads lead to heaven. Have you ever heard this before? This post-modern idiom would have you believe that “It doesn't matter at all what you do or how you do it—the end result will be the same.” It basically implies that there is no right path, no true way to eternity.
According to Pastor James Emery White, one of the most pervasive, fundamental convictions of contemporary American society, “All roads lead to God . . . What is true for you is true for you, and what is true for me is true for me . . . The sheer number of faiths from which to choose convinces some people that there is more than one path to God. Religious pluralism has existed for centuries, but people have never been exposed to as many faith options as we are today. As the number of religious options increases in one’s mind, the idea that one option represents ultimate spiritual truth lessens.”
Here’s the thing though, just because there are a lot of options doesn’t mean ultimate spiritual truth isn’t real. Consider a multiple-choice test. There are several answers to choose from, but only one is correct. And as it pertains to God, heaven, and life, there is only one path; there is only one small gate and narrow road that leads to life. You can’t forge your own path; you can’t find another way in.
To some, this will seem harsh. It will seem narrow-minded. It may even seem daunting, and something that’s truly impossible to know. But I believe that every single one of these issues—every concern, doubt, reservation, hang-up, or fear—crumbles at the feet of Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life!
Luke 1:78–79 tells us that it was by God’s tender mercy that Christ came to illuminate our path, to light our way, to show us the way. John 10:10 tells us that He came to give us the life we were created to live, the abundant life. We don’t need to rely on our own strength, wisdom, and work in order to enter through the gate because Christ is the gate, and whoever enters through Him will be saved (John 10:9). It’s not by our power, but by His love, grace, and mercy that we get to heaven. Is it a narrow road? Yes. But it’s available to everyone who believes in Him.
DIG: Why do people want to believe that all roads lead to heaven? What’s the benefit?
DISCOVER: What should you say to someone who believes that there is no one right path?
DISPLAY: Write down your answer to someone who believes that all roads lead to heaven. Consider how you would help them come to an understanding of the truth of God’s Word and the way to salvation in Christ alone.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.