Heaven: How to Get There According to the Bible and Not Barbara Walters by Ken Trivette

Heaven: How to Get There According to the Bible and Not Barbara Walters
Ken Trivette
John 14:1-6
January 1, 2006

Outline
1. A PREDOMINANT VIEW ON HOW TO GET TO HEAVEN
A) Something We Must Do
B) Someone We Must Be
2. A PROPER VIEW ON HOW TO GET TO HEAVEN
A) The Scriptural Way of Salvation
B) The Single Way of Salvation
3. A PERSONAL VIEW ON HOW TO GET TO HEAVEN
A) A Question to Be Asked Personally
B) A Question to Be Answered Personally

Recently Barbara Walters did a special entitled, "Heaven: Where Is It? How Do You Get There?" She traveled to India, Israel and throughout the United States interviewing people from the Dalai Lama to Ellen Johnson, president of the American Atheists. Walters said, "I think that is one of the most important pieces that I've ever done. I hope it will be inspirational and to some degree educational."

Now, if people tuned in to find the answer on how to get to heaven, they heard a lot of opinions, but they heard everything but the answer. If anything, in my opinion, it laid a deceptive foundation for peoples understanding on how to get to heaven and actually left people more confused than they were before they watched the program.

John Shouse, professor of Theology at the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary said of the program: "While there might be some minimal value to the program as a sociological document recording popular viewpoints on life after death in the early 21st century America, as an educational evening it was weak, and as a journalistic essay on a religious theme it was worse. ABC should be commended for addressing an important subject, but sobered by how poorly [Walters] was able to accomplish it."

That's a nice way of saying that the show was a flop from a Scriptural viewpoint. Now, I think it's a great question. I think it is an important question. As we began a brand new year I can't think of a better question to ask--how do you get to heaven? That's why as we start a New Year I want u ...


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