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DO ALL ROADS LEAD TO HEAVEN?

Pastors Bill Stevenson and Justin Mosher

 

April 25, 2021

 

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (NIV)

 

“Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”  Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)

 

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Acts 4:12 (NIV)

 

“Is Jesus really the only way to God?”

“Is Muhammad?  Buddha?  Confucius or Lai Tzu?

 

  1. AFRICAN TRADITIONAL RELIGION

Followers = ____________ million, in Africa…

View of God = Animism/Polytheism

Way to God = Sacrifices

 

  1. PRIMAL-INDIGENOUS

Followers = ____________ million, including shamans (Siberia) and pagans (Asia and India) and smaller, pre-literate tribal belief systems

View of God = God dwells within all things and all things are spiritual in nature

 

  1. CHINESE TRADITIONAL RELIGION

Followers = ____________ million (mostly in China)

Founders = Lao-Tu (604-531 BC) / Confucius (551-479 BC)

View of God = No particular deity/impersonal force

Means to God = Not stressed, more of an ethical system than a religious one

 

 

  1. BUDDHISM

Followers = ____________ million

Founder = Siddhartha Gautama (563-483 BC)

View of God = Not stressed

Means to God = The Four Noble Truths

 

  1. HINDUISM

Followers = _______ billion, Founded = 1800-1000 BC

View of God = Pantheism

Means to God = The Transmigration of Souls/Reincarnation

View of the Afterlife = Moksha

 

  1. SECULARISM/NONRELIGIOUS/AGNOSTICS/ATHEISTS

Followers = _______ billion (nonreligious Westerns, agnostics, and atheists in current and formerly Communist countries)

View of the Afterlife = This life is all there is, and after we die, we’re just done.

 

  1. ISLAM

Followers = _______ billion

Founder = Muhammad

View of God = Monotheism

Means to God =The Five Pillars of Islam

View of the Afterlife = Paradise

 

  1. CHRISTIANITY

Followers = _______ billion

Founder = Jesus Christ

View of God = Monotheism

Means to God = Atonement/Substitution

View of the Afterlife = Heaven

 

1 Peter 3:18, Revelation 21:4, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23

 

“To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” John 1:12 (NIV)

 

 

 

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