Lemme In

I saw a video excerpt from the Oprah show where Oprah said there couldn't possibly be only one way to Heaven. She argued that it didn't matter how you got there as long as you were striving to get there. Apparently she believes that God doesn't care if you get there through Jesus, Mohammad, Buddha or Bozo, just as long as you were trying your best!
People talk about getting to Heaven as if it were a city and we were all trying to pick the best route. Some of us take the interstate because we like to go fast, some of us take the country roads because we like to see nature and some of us fly because we don't like all that traffic. Different strokes for different folks and all roads lead to Heaven. Yes, Heaven is a destination, but it's not our choice as to which path we take to get there!
Have you ever gone to a popular restaurant on a weekend night? Whew, what a crowd! You may be the kind of person who doesn't like to stand in line, so maybe you could just sneak around back and get in through the rear entrance. But there's a sign there saying "Do Not Enter!". So maybe the side door is open and you can get in over there. But again, there's that sign - "Do Not Enter!". OK, maybe if we climb the fire escape and come in through the door on the roof. Nope, it's chained shut. I guess you have no choice but to go back and stand in line with everyone else. Here's the point; The guy who owns the restaurant decides how people can come into His place of business. You may not like His choice, but you will either come in that way or not come in at all! It's His place and He has that right!
God chooses how people get to Him! He has that right! You may not like His way, but it's His way or no way! God said "For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it." He also said "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus". Jesus said ""I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber." God has decided how we can get to Him and any other way will fail!
The reason the restaurant owner wants you to come through the front door is so that He can be sure He gets paid for His services. There's a price to pay for His food and entertainment. In the same way, there is a price to pay for entrance into God's presence, a price too high for any human to pay. Jesus sacrificed Himself and God accepted His sacrifice as payment in full for everyone's debt. Jesus paid everyone's admission, but if you insist on trying to pay your own way in, you'll be left outside!
News flash!... Oprah is mistaken! There is one way to God and that is through Jesus the Christ! It's not true because I believe it, I believe it because it's true.

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