Who all goes to heaven? Is there really a hell? Does it really matter what you believe? Does it matter if the Bible is true?
Last week I was hanging out with the teenagers at my church when one said something that still haunts me. "I don't believe people can go somewhere they don't believe in."
This sentiment is cousin to the politically correct "all paths lead to heaven." You see and hear this a lot today from popular teachers like Oprah. (For Oprah's beliefs, see this video
. See also this response by Josh McDowell and Dave Sterrett
I encountered something like this in my last conversation with a group of Mormans who visited my home. I listened to their whole presentation and then it came time for me to respond. I shared what the Bible says. We ended up parting ways with this question from one of my visitors: "So you believe that everyone who does not believe in Jesus goes to hell? All those people are punished forever?" With tears in my eyes, I said yes. At that impasse, we parted ways. I still pray for those young men.
Let's look at each of these popular objections one by one.
Do all paths really lead to heaven?
First let's look at this logically. Pantheists believe that all things are god. The Bible says many times that there is only one God. Here are just a few examples. (See this link
"To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD is God; there is no other besides him." Deuteronomy 4:35 (ESV)
"Was it not I, the Lord?
And there is no other god besides me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
there is none besides me."
Isaiah 45:21 (ESV)
"Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols , we know that 'an idol has no real existence,' and that 'there is no God but one.'" 1 Corinthians 8:4 (ESV)
Ok. So, how can both Pantheists and the Bible both be right? Either there is only one God above all things or all things are god.
Still not sure? Let's try another one.