I was talking to a very good living man who does a lot of charitable work and I asked him WHY he did so much. His reply? “Well, it’s a step up the ladder.” Further conversation confirmed that he thought his good deeds would help him get to heaven.
This reminded me of an event several years ago in Los Angeles. It was announced that on a certain day a man billed as the “Human fly” would climb the face of a large high rise department store. Long before the appointed time hundreds of eager spectators gathered to watch the seemingly impossible performance.
Slowly and carefully he mounted higher, clutching to a window ledge here, a jutting brick there, a cornice, a pipe. Up and up he went against apparently insurmountable difficulties until at last he was almost at the top.
The crowd watched as he seemed to feel left and right and above, for something firm enough to grip and support his weight. He seemed to spy what looked like a grey stone or a discoloured brick protruding from the wall, similar to many others he had used on his ascent. He stretched towards it but it was just beyond his reach. He ventured all on a swing and grasped the protuberance firmly in his hand – and fell to the ground, crushed . . . . . In his hand was a massive spider’s web!
Alas! How many people today are thinking to climb to heaven in their own way, only to find at last that they have ventured all on a spider’s web and are lost for eternity.
The Bible clearly states that we are ALL sinners, having inherited a sinful nature at birth. We all become sinners by choice and practice and OUR SIN SEPARATES US from God. Jesus Christ, sinless, was the ONLY one who could pay the penalty for sin. He could fully represent God and also fully represent mankind.
Jesus Christ is the ONLY One who can RECONCILE us to God.
He is the ONLY way to heaven.
We are ALL sinners. Romans 3:23; 5:12; Isaiah 53:6
God is absolutely perfect, holy, righteous. SIN SEPARATES US FROM GOD. Isaiah 59:2
NOTHING we do can wipe out our sin.
NOTHING we do will make us acceptable to God.
Ephesians 2:8-9. Titus 3:5. Isaiah 64:6.
John 14:6 Jesus said “I am THE WAY, the Truth and the life. NO ONE comes to the Father except through Me”
Eternal life is a GIFT from God but the Gift needs to be RECEIVED and ACCEPTED. John 1:12. Acts 16:31. John 5:24.
There is NO OTHER CHOICE – NO OTHER WAY.