Is Jesus the only way to heaven?

Many people say being a good person and treating others right is enough to get to heaven. Others say whoever obeys the Ten Commandments will go to heaven. Then there are some who believe everyone will go to heaven, because God is too loving to send people to hell.

With so many conflicting views on what heaven is and how to get there, we know they can’t all be right—just like all roads don’t lead to the same place. But we do get a clear answer through the life of Jesus Christ.

Jesus came from heaven to a world full of evil. The Bible says: “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. … The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world” (John 1:4, 9). Jesus was God in human flesh, both human and divine. When Jesus walked the earth, people called Him “the Messiah,” which means “anointed one” because He was sent to save the world.

He did that by dying on a cross to pay the price for our sins. But He didn’t stay dead. He came back to life three days later and met with people to prove He was alive before returning to heaven.

Jesus is the only one to die for us and rise again—all to provide a way for us to spend eternity with Him in heaven. Jesus Himself put it this way: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Notice in His statement, there’s no mention of doing good, of going to church, of having great character. All of these are pleasing to God. But being saved comes through Christ alone. By believing in Him, He says, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 16:19).

Today, as the world struggles with seemingly insurmountable problems, these dark and menacing situations accentuate the brightness of the One who proclaimed, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).

Jesus is the only way to heaven. Will you believe in Him today?

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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – Man is sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:
"Dear God,
I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness.
I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died
for my sin and that you raised Him to life.
I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord,
from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will.
I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."
Did you pray this prayer?