Many people believe that Christianity or Jesus Christ is just one of the many ways by which we can receive eternal life when our life here on earth is over. There are different religions with different beliefs and a common notion that all the religions worship the same Supreme Being, so, it is easy for most of these people to feel that they can receive eternal salvation through one of these ways of worship.
This view is very convenient for people who think that being a Christian or a believer in Jesus Christ is too difficult and extreme. Why should they subject themselves to living a ‘conservative’ life as a Christian when they can easily fulfill certain religious rites and be assured of a place in heaven or ‘paradise’ when they die?
The penalty for sin committed must be paid for
We all can acknowledge the fact that we believe that if someone commits an offense, he or she should suffer the consequences of their deed; that is why we out people in jail, make others carry out some form of community service, or pay fines for breaking certain laws. It is in this light that God had to find a way out for us sinners. He had two choices- send us all to hell for the wrong we have done, or find someone else to take our place, and so He chose the latter- Jesus would be our replacement. When Jesus Christ was praying in the garden of Gethsemane the night he was arrested, he prayed to God saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26: 39).
It turned out that it was not possible for ‘the cup of suffering’ to pass over Him because God did not have any other plan to solve the problem of the sin of the fallen man.The only plan was for Jesus to bear that shame, pain, and suffering on Calvary and to shed His blood so that He could atone for our sins. If Jesus had declined to participate in God’s plan to save us by sacrificing Him, mankind would have been eternally lost without any hope of redemption. But thank God He decided to lay down His life for us.
No Other Name Under Heaven
Jesus alluded to God’s plan to save us from sin because of His love for us (John 3:16). God’s love for mankind is undying, is faithful, is beyond comprehension. So when Christ paid the price for our sin by dying on the cross to redeem us from the power of sin and death, He became the ONLY way by which we can be saved and receive eternal life. That is why He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, nobody comes to the father except through Me”.
The Bible also says, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Based on these scriptures, I submit that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way by and through which you can be saved and receive eternal life.
All the other ways or religions will not grant you eternal life, you can only receive eternal life through Jesus because He paid the price, He died on the cross (and rose again from the dead) for our sins.
Only Believe and You’ll Be Saved
God loves us and does not expect us to ‘earn’ our salvation by doing works that will qualify us for eternal life. Other religions emphasize on works – the things you must do to earn eternal life, but how can we tell how much one good work weighs in comparison to one bad deed? It is impossible for us to do works that will be equivalent and satisfy the price for the atonement of our sins.
No matter how much money you spend or sacrifice, or even if you give yourself up to be killed it will still not be sufficient to pay the price because of our fallen sinful nature. However, God created an amazing opportunity for you to be saved easily.
That is why Christ had to die because only Jesus could satisfy the conditions for our atonement. He made it easy for you to be saved, do not be worried, you don’t have to pay the price for sacrifice or atonement. All you need do is BELIEVE in the Jesus Christ that he died and rose from the dead, and destroyed the power of sin and death.
You don’t have to work and try to earn your salvation, you cannot earn it, you can only receive it if you believe in Him. The Bible says that “For whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
If you want to receive eternal life through Jesus Christ, say this simple prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died on the cross for my sins and rose from the grave to give me life. I know You are the only way to God. So now I want to quit disobeying You and start living for You. Please forgive me, change my life and show me how to know You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.