Different Ways to Heaven?
Question: I have been raised as a Roman Catholic. Yours might not necessarily be the right way to eternal life. I do not think that any of us in our different denominations can say, "Our way is the true way to heaven."
Answer: I am a Baptist, yet in my website you will never find me saying, "To be saved you must belong to the Baptist denomination." I keep repeating the blessed truth that salvation is not found in a church or a religious system, but in the person of the beloved Son of God, Jesus Christ. For a sinner to be saved, he must turn to HIM and trust completely and only in HIM.
On the other hand, the Roman Catholic Church officially teaches that the church is necessary for salvation. "Above all else, it must be firmly believed that 'the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation...it is necessary to keep these two truths together, namely, the real possibility of salvation in Christ for all mankind and the necessity of the Church for this salvation. The Church is the universal sacrament of salvation... she has, in God's plan, an indispensable relationship with the salvation of every human being" (Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Dominus Iesus, September 2000).
I hope that you will not look unto the church (much less any particular denomination) for salvation, but to the Head and Saviour of the church, Jesus Christ. "Look unto ME, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else" (Isaiah 45:22). I hope that you would be able to say, "I am trusting in Him alone for my salvation. He is my one and only Saviour. I don't rely on my own merits. I don't rely on Mary or the saints. I don't rely on the church. I rely solely on Him, for He alone is the Messiah, the Saviour of the World."
There are not many ways to Heaven. There is but ONE. And that is not a church or a denomination. The way is Jesus Christ. He said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).
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