Do All Roads Lead to Heaven?
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ''Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
What a beautiful description of heaven. Being with God. It is hard to not enter into a religious conversation with other people. Given a relationship with them for any period of time, inevitably a discussion of religious ethics, of moral values and that of heaven itself will enter the conversations of both saved and lost men and women all the days of our lives. One of the great questions that man has dealt with and is still dealing with in our generation is this simple question, ''Do all roads lead to heaven?'' Allow me to give you the answer, ''NO!''. Thank you very much. We are through for the day. Oh!! As I look at your faces, some of you are wanting the longer version. Great! I am prepared for that and I hope you are too.
A question like that, ''Do all roads lead to heaven?'' is asked by many and with many different answers. There are thousands upon thousands of self-taught theologians with no biblical education, or no advanced theological training who have a myriad of ideas that are just that -- ideas. Man, it's been said, is incurably religious, he constantly talks about the afterlife that it really is, or some say, ''No it's really not!'' A question like this, ''Do all roads lead to heaven?'' presumes three (3) basic statements which I would like for us to discuss this morning.
I. THERE IS A HEAVEN
First, it presumes that number one, there is a heaven. When we ask that question, that's the presupposition that, ''Yes, there is a heaven.'' But when we ask that question as well, some people have a different view of what heaven is like than you and I do. There is no q ...
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