Friday, July 6, 2007

How Can I Get To Heaven?

I dearly love my brethren of various "religious" faiths: Scientologists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Scientists, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Mormons, New Age followers, Buddhists, and many others. My intent here is to describe these various religions and how Christianity differs. I respect each individual regardless of religious stance and will continue to love unbelievers regardless of religious preference. However, I challenge these unbelievers to read this information with open minds and hearts. So let's get started.

Religion literally means for man to "reconnect to the divine." So each of these aforementioned non-Christian religions has a set of tasks that must be performed to achieve entrance into heaven (or other stage of being).

Scientologists must work with an "auditor" on his/her hang-ups to achieve a state of "clear." Then progress can be made up the "bridge to total freedom." Salvation to a Scientologist is freedom from reincarnation.

Jehovah's Witnesses must be baptized as a Jehovah's Witness. Eternal life must be earned by walking door-to-door recruiting. However, the number admitted to heaven is limited to 144,000.

Christian Scientists believe humanity is already eternally saved, and that sin, evil, sickness, and death are not real. The expression "mind over matter" comes to mind.

Hindus must be released from the cycle of reincarnation. Yoga and meditation help achieve this release; however, some people take many lifetimes to accomplish this release. Final salvation is the unification with Brahman.

Muslims believe people are basically good, but are fallible and need guidance. Eternal destiny of heaven or hell are determined by balancing good and bad deeds. God's mercy might play into the ultimate destiny, but the final destination is arbitrary and uncertain.

Jews. Praise God for the Jewish people. Jesus was a Jew, descendant of King David. Some Jews believe that prayer, repentance, and obeying the Law are necessary for salvation. Other Jews believe that salvation is the improvement of society. Messianic Jews are Christians that practice Jewish customs and are Christian believers. References to Jews in this discussion do not include Messianic Jews.

Mormons are resurrected by grace, but exalted to godhood by works. Eternal life is not possible without Mormon membership.

New Age followers need to offset bad karma with good karma. Meditation and self-awareness can help tap into supernatural power.

Buddhists' goal in life is the state of nirvana, achieved by eliminating all desires and cravings.

Each of the above systems are "works systems." Christianity is a "faith system." Christianity is actually an Anti-Religion, meaning that man cannot reconnect to the divine, but God reconnected with us through the blood of His only Son Jesus Christ. In the works systems mentioned above, each were founded by one person (with the exception of the Jewish faith, which includes Books of the Old Testament). No scripture ever prophesied that these people were coming onto the scene. Their graves are occupied today. They will never come back to earth.

Jesus was foretold by the prophets. Every Old Testament prophecy about Jesus' birth, life, death, and resurrection came true. The odds of Jesus not being God's Messiah are billions upon billions to one (statistically proves Jesus was the Messiah). The last statistic I read was 10 to the 57th power (that's 1 with 57 zeros). No other religion in the world has one verifiable, believable prophecy. The reason is that man does not know the future. God spoke the prophecies through the prophets. Only He knows the future and is why the prophecies have come true.

Some of the Christian beliefs are as follows:

Man Is Spiritually Sick
"Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness -- only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil."
Isaiah 1:5-6

None Are Righteous
"As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God."
Romans 3:10-11

Man Is Sinful
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Romans 3:23

Eternal Life Only Possible Because of Jesus
"For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect."
1 Peter 1:18-19

Christ Died For Us
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8

Salvation In No One Else
Speaking of Jesus, Luke states, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
Acts 4:12

Confess Jesus And Believe
"That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him for the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."
Romans 10:9-10

God cannot allow sin into heaven. This means that if you have ever committed the slightest of sins, you will be disqualified from entering heaven. As stated in Romans 3:23, we have all sinned. Satan, the devil, is accusing you day and night to God the Father of your sins.

". . . For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before God day and night . . . ."
Revelation 12:10

You will have to make a plea to God for your sins. There is no such thing as a not guilty plea. You are either guilty or innocent. For those unbelievers, you will be found guilty even if you attempt to plea innocent because the books of your life will be opened for all to see. Your life events cannot be denied and when you are found guilty, you will be cast away from God forever. Believers will plea innocent by the Blood of Jesus Christ, and that my friends will be the only way to enter heaven.

Repent and ask Jesus to be your personal Savior and Redeemer today. While you have the breath of life in you, there is still time to accept Jesus Christ, who is your only ticket to heaven. I pray you make the choice of life. We are not guaranteed another second on this earth. After you breathe your last breath, your time is up.

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