March 7, 2021
As you research the world religions, you’ll find some major categories regarding how one gets to heaven. Some say hard work is the path; others say wisdom is the way that unites us with God, i.e., Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.. Religions like Scientology & Jainism (man is god) teach independence & freedom. In religions like Unitarianism & Wicca, the afterlife is not heaven but whatever you want it to be. Salvation is a non-issue because there is no such thing as a sin nature. There are still other religions that teach that the afterlife does not exist, or if it does exist, it’s too unknowable to even discuss.
Christianity is the only religion that teaches man can do absolutely nothing to earn his way into heaven & that man is a slave to the sin nature inherited at conception. We are taught that man must rely completely on the grace of God in applying Jesus’ sacrifice to sins of all who truly believe. For Christians, salvation comes to those who place their faith in the death & resurrection of Christ. Today’s sermon is simply amplifying the truth that there is only one way to heaven – Jesus Christ is THE WAY!