In this age of making our opinions known, the concept of Truth being the final answer has become undesirable. It is better to use emotional triggers, straw man defenses, red herring approaches, anything that can divert someone from the Truth. Life choices that were once frowned upon, have been converted into emotional arguments of unfair practices to keep others from being happy.
I have heard others scold and make extreme practices that must be completed to give someone access to God. To the forgiveness He offers, the joy and peace He brings to His children.
Dear Ones, please do not believe the Liar. Scripture is clear, the Truth is found always and forever in the very person of Christ. John 14:6 says, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light. No one comes to the Father except through me. The enemy, however wants us to believe that we do not need Jesus to get to God. In fact, one popular perspective is that there are many ways to get to God. Some say through a particular prophet, good deeds, sacrifices, even through martyrdom, they can access God. No Jesus required.
Truth speaks otherwise. Truth says that human beings do not have to try to access Heaven on our own. To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free,” (John 8:32). Truth says that Heaven has come to us. Heaven contained all of the forgiveness, grace, deeds, sacrifices, and redemption that would be needed. It came to us, in the body of Jesus. Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God. I have not come on my own; God sent me (John 8:42).
The enemy seeks to twist Jesus’ words, to twist and turn us from the very hope and peace offered to us. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44 b). First Peter 5:8 describes the enemy this way; Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. The enemy is called a thief determined to steal from Heaven; The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10).
Precious Child of God, do not let the emotions of others cloud the Truth that have been spoken, the Truth that have stood without fault for two millennia. Jesus Christ is the One, the Only, the Truth. He is the gate- the door, the only way to Heaven is through Jesus.
Before you lose hope that you cannot possibly make it into Heaven because of your past, the things you’ve said or done- remember the thief on the cross. He entered Heaven that day on Golgotha when he died (Luke 23:40-43). He only repented, asked Jesus to remember him. No deeds, no sacrifices, no atonement, just repentance. That is all.
We are all sinners, gone astray, in need of the Shepherd, the one who will seek and save the lost (Isaiah 53:6, Mark 6:34, Luke 19:10). The One who has paid our debt, the One who will and Who has loved us since before time began (Jeremiah 31:3). No emotional arguments can stop the Truth from speaking (Luke 19:40). There are no subtle tricks that can be tried, God is the Truth. There is nothing else we need.
I for one, am grateful. I have Jesus, therefore I have all I need (Philippians 4:19).
Amen and amen.