The idea that all paths lead to God is false because of the massive contradictions between religions. They cannot all be true. The paths do not lead in a similar direction but in radically different directions.
What if you had a specific type of terminal illness & the doctor told you "every single medicine does the same thing" or you ask your financial advisor which stocks to invest your entire life savings into & he replies "pick any, they're all the same." Would you settle for that? Me neither. Yet people do just that when it comes the biggest decision of their life. A decision they have to live with forever. Literally.
We live in a society that demands truth, yet the majority accept this radical statement without so much as even investigating the facts. Whether in ignorance or comfort, we tend to think that when a loved one dies, Heaven is the default & Hell only exists for the "Hitler’s" of the world. Sadly, without Jesus, Hell is the default & not every funeral we attend is the person "in a better place" or "looking down on us & smiling."
In our culture today, we embrace "whatever feels right to us," accepting statements like "we all pray to the same god. You can call him Allah, Buddah, Jesus, or a higher power. It doesn't matter because they all lead to the same place." My friend, it does matter greatly. Jesus Christ alone claimed deity & clearly stated: "I am the way & the truth & the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." - John 14:6 (See Question 5)
You may think this sounds narrow-minded, but Jesus Himself also tells us "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, & many enter through it. But small is the gate & narrow the road that leads to life, & only a few find it. - Matthew 7:13-14
All men can be saved, but all men won't be saved. The choice is yours which is why there are 2 roads & God's gift of free will.
Generally this statement is followed with something along the lines of "I'm nice to people, I give to charity, I help people when they need it...etc, etc, etc...."
Yes, we're all "good" in comparison to someone else we know. Unfortunately, if you think this will get you into Heaven, you're sadly mistaken & fooling yourself as the Bible tells us:"There is no one righteous, not even one." - Romans 3:10
So if you still wanna believe that you're a "good" person, either you or God is a liar & I'm gonna guess it's NOT Him...
"It's okay to torture babies for a hobby"
"There is nothing wrong with murder."
Besides the fact that every single human in the world knows that these two statements are wrong, what else do they have in common? That if there were no God, the statements above are neither right nor wrong; they're just merely a matter of your opinion as to whether you agree or disagree...
God, the Creator of the universe & mankind, has placed moral absolutes in the heart of every man. For lack of better words, we all have a moral GPS within us.
"They (man) demonstrate that God's law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience & thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right." - Romans 2:15
Just because a man says "there is no God" doesn’t change the fact that He exists. His moral laws which are the absolute standard of right & wrong, good & bad, are written on the hearts of every human being. People may deny or suppress it; their actions & words may contradict it; their culture may condition them to act a certain way, but deep down, there are universal laws that each man knows are "right or wrong." For instance, nobody has to teach anyone that murder is wrong or that helping a person in distress is right, because we have a knowledge that has been placed in us since creation.
Long story short, if there were no God & we came about by the big bang, only to evolve from bacteria, to monkeys to humans over millions of years, then we're all just the result of astronomical & random chance in the universe. To put it simply...we’re all “accidents" & being that we have no God to answer to one day for our actions, nobody can say "racism is wrong" or "stealing food from the poor is bad." No God means, no absolute moral laws, but only differences in opinions & preferences. Given this scenario, that would mean that what Hitler did wasn't "wrong" but just a matter of one's opinion. Without an objective source of morality, there is no right or wrong & all so-called "moral issues" are nothing more than your own personal preference, which means Hitler just preferred to kill people while Mother Theresa preferred to help them. No biggie, right?
I prefer chocolate & you prefer vanilla...it's all good, to each is own!
When looking at the world & all its beauty, which takes more faith to believe? That there was nothing & nothing created something, then chaos formed order, eventually producing living & breathing monkeys who evolved into men? Or there is a Creator who intelligently designed the earth with all it's precision & detail, giving us life, free will & a conscience, with the universal knowledge of right & wrong?
To believe the earth & it’s design came about through a "random chaotic explosion" would be like a person seeing the Statue of David & believing it was formed as the result of a hurricane whisking through a pile of rocks rather than an artist taking the time to wonderfully create it.
Jesus proved that He was God in the flesh by His fulfillment of hundreds of Old Testament prophecies, His sinless life, His documented miracles, & His resurrection from the dead which was witnessed by over 500+ people.
Buddha, Muhammad, Joseph Smith & all the others who created a man-made religion admitted their sinfulness, performed no miracles, died & their bodies all remain buried to this day. Jesus’ tomb remains empty. Jesus is the only reliable authority on life after death & spiritual matters. We'd be foolish not to take his word.
"There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" - Acts 4:12
Note: There are more than 30+ sources outside of the Bible, written within 150 years of Jesus' life that attest to more than 100 facts regarding Jesus’ life, teachings, crucifixion, and resurrection.
For whatever reason you choose to deny Christ or make excuses as to why “it’s not for you” or “maybe later" on your terms, you reject Him. By staying neutral or not making a choice, your decision is automatically made. Jesus clearly drew the line by saying, "Whoever is not with me is against me” - Matthew 12:30.
Not to mention, you're not guaranteed tomorow or even a forewarning that you're going to die. You could drop dead right now at your computer desk or walk out the door & get hit by a bus. Nobody is guaranteed 80+ years & it's not worth eternity to put off something this important. Hell is filled with people who who decided to wait for "a more convenient time."
5. "Why Jesus? There Are Tons of Religions"
Sadly, this statement generally comes from people who have never even read the entire Bible, let alone taken any time to research the claim they're making; but they will blindly believe anything you slap the name "science" on, even if they're simply just theories.
Being divinely inspired, with hundreds of fulfilled prophecies, the Bible is set apart from every other religious book. There are 26 other religious books that people of faith believe are divinely inspired (the Hindu Vedas, the Quran, the Book of Mormon, etc.) but of these 26 books, none of them contain any specific, fulfilled prophecies.
The Bible has amazing scientific accuracy & foresight in addition to its archaeological accuracy which has been accredited for over 25,000 discoveries. Its internal consistency amongst 40+ writers, through 66 books, was written over the period of 1500+ years…without one single contradiction.
It's funny how many people will get all worked up over the Mayan calendar (remember 2012 was supposed to be a doomsday year?), or they will listen to some self-proclaimed prophet or guru. & yet they will neglect the Word of God that predicts the future, not once, not twice, but hundreds of times with 100 percent accuracy. It's worth noting that two-thirds of the Bible is prophecy - & one-half of those predicted events have already take place...
The Bible has yet to be disproven & is the one & only book that we can completely trust.
1. "All Religions Lead To Heaven"
2. "I'm A Good Person, I Should Be Fine."
4. "I Believe in Evolution"
6. The Bible's A Bunch of Fables Written By Man"
7. “Maybe Later In Life When I'm Ready”
8. “God Hates Homosexuals!”
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE.
Regardless of what the media says, or what some ignorant redneck hate-spewing church in Kansas writes on their disgustingly offensive picket signs, Jesus Christ loves everyone & died for the sins of all people, not just "some." The Bible says that people who refuse to turn from their sin & are unwilling to receive God's forgiveness will end up in hell whether they be heterosexual, homosexual, asexual, white, brown, black, pink or blue.
Does the Bible teach that homosexuality is a sin? Yes, very clearly. But it also says that fornication (sex betwen an unmarried man & woman), lying, stealing, drunkeness, etc are sins. So let us lay aside the whole homosexuality thing for a moment & imagine that our homoxesual friends are married, monogamous heterosexuals. They still have a problem. They, just like you & I, along with every other human being, have broken a number of God's commandments. So, regardless of the nature of their sin, all people, heterosexual or homosexual, must turn to the Lord & trust in Christ in order to be saved.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” - Romans 6:23
It is up to us as sinners (yup, all of us), regardless of our sexual preferance, to either choose Christ & repent of our sins, or to live this very short life our way, in our sins, choosing to reject Him as you just read in the last FAQ. But you can't have both...
Whoever is not with me is against me” - Matthew 12:30
If Jesus Christ is truly your personal Lord & Savior, you will not actively pursue what He has described as a sin, regardless of which one it is, whether it be homosexuality, pornography, drunkeness, fornication, etc. Putting your trust in Jesus doesn't mean that you won't ever sin again, nor does the temptation or urge to do so magically disappear & in many cases, it may never go away. But what it does mean is that you're living with an eternal perspective & putting your trust in the Lord, living for His promises, rather than lusting after what we as sinful human beings want. It's a short term sacrifice, for an eternal gain.
You may be saying to yourself, "Screw this guy & screw this website. There's no way some Jesus guy can change someone like me, that's impossible!" Some may say, "I was born this way, there's no use." Truth is, I don't know your situation, nor would I ever think less of you or anyone as a person, but I can promise you this -- you're not alone in the fact that you were born with a sinful nature & desires, because so was I & every other human being you see. It seems natural for us to be tempted to do things that God says are wrong because it's our human nature. My goal is to tell you that regardless of what you think or have heard, God unconditionally loves you & you're not alone. Take hope that nothing is impossible for the Creator of the Universe as the Bible tells us that we "can do all things through Christ who strengthens us."
My friend, I am not homophobic, a bigot or "holier than thou" by any means. There isn't even a hateful bone in my body towards the homosexual community. Some of my dearest friends are homosexual & I have nothing but true unconditional love for them. Yet as a Christian, I must proclaim the truth of the Bible in a loving, gentle & respectful manner in order to warn not just homosexuals, but anyone who is living without Christ about the eternal dangers they face living in rebellion against God. We are not defined by our sexual preferences or lifestyles, but as a human beings. With that being said, there's freedom that awaits anyone who puts their trust & faith in Jesus Christ.
"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17
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3. "There's No Evidence for God"
Simply put, there are only 3 options for the existence of the universe:
1) The earth has always been
2) The earth came into being by itself
3) The earth was created.
The first option, that the universe is eternal has been utterly rejected by the scientific community. The motion of the galaxies, the background radiation echo & other evidences all overwhelmingly point to the fact that the universe sprang into existence at a particular point in time, something scientists call the Big Bang. Simply put, the earth had a point of creation.
The second option, that the universe created itself, is philosophically impossible. Of course, before the universe existed it would not have been around to do the creating. Obviously, a nonexistent universe could not have done anything! It did not exist. We all know that nothing cannot do anything. Nothing is nothing. It (if we could even call nothing an it) cannot see, smell, act, think, or create. So option one & two can be thrown out on scientific & philosophical grounds.
The third option, that something or someone outside of the universe created the universe, is the only reasonable option.
When you see a painting, what proof do you need to establish the fact a painter exists? Nothing besides the painting itself. The painting is absolute proof there was a painter. You don’t need to see the painter to believe he or she exists. The painting is all the evidence you need. It would not be there if the painter did not exist, & so it is with the universe. The existence of the universe itself proves absolutely there is a creator.