Many people say the belief that, "there is only one way to Heaven" is unfair, or intolerant. Those people would probably say, "I think God isn't tuned into a particular belief system, I think He is looking for a particular kind of person". That assumption leads to the idea that, "good people go to Heaven - you just have to be nice, and do good deeds, then God will let you in". That brings up a few questions --
- How do you know if you've been good enough?
- How are we graded?
- What if you're not a good person most of your life, but then have a change of heart and want to be good and go to Heaven, but there's not enough time left to do enough good deeds to make it in?
- Where is the 'check-list of goodness' that I can use to see if I've made it? Who makes up that standard?
I can't take any credit for this logical construct. I heard it from Andy Stanley at North Point Community Church one day long ago.
Randy Alcorn recently blogged about this. He is way better at this blogging stuff than I am! Read his blog here --> American Evangelicals Believe There Are Different Ways to Heaven