God desires that all people be saved
Published 8:07 am Thursday, August 4, 2022
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Dear Rev. Graham: I want to go to Heaven and I think I will, but I reject what many Christians say that there is only one way to get there in the Name of Jesus. There are other good religions, and I believe someday all religions will become one, encompassing the diversity that God created. Christians don’t make the laws and own Heaven. A loving God would not be so precise as to allow only one way. — O.W.
Dear O.W.: The world has come to understand at exactly what temperature water boils, and at what temperature it freezes. Since God is so precise about His natural laws, why should He be haphazard about His spiritual and moral laws?
Many people say, “I believe there’s a Heaven and I hope I’ll go there when I die, because I’m a pretty good person.” Why do people hope to believe it when they can know for certain what their eternal destiny is?
God’s law enables us to see ourselves as morally dirty and in need of cleansing. The cross that His Son, Jesus Christ, died upon shows the seriousness of our sin — it also shows us the immeasurable love of God. The cross is the only way to salvation, and what Jesus did on the cross gives us a new purpose to life. He opened Heaven’s door for us by His death and resurrection, pointing the way for our sins to be forgiven and offering eternity with Him in Heaven.
Christianity is being compared with other religions as never before. Some even advocate the working out of a system of morals, ethics, and religion that would bring all the religions of the world together. It cannot be done.
God desires that all people be saved. Believe in Jesus Christ and receive His sacrificial gift to have sins forgiven and know Him as Savior and Lord.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)