Summary: Have you ever heard someone say, "All roads lead to heaven"? We know that’s not true, but all roads do lead to God. Here’s a sermon that backs up that statement.
Yes, Indeed All Roads Do Lead To God
11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
13The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
14Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
God wants all people to have everlasting life with Him!
He doesn’t want anyone to end up in hell.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Yet, the Bible says there will be people who end up Lost.
Look again at Verse 15
And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
So, it’s clear, some people will end up in hell!
(PAUSE…..walk around for a moment)
Have you ever been lost?
One day, I was trying to find
my Grandson’s Pre-school in Evansville.
I was driving around that big city looking at the street signs.
After awhile, I realized that I was lost.
Some of the streets I took ended up in a Dead End.
But eventually, I found Christian’s Pre-school building.
You see, all streets in Evansville
eventually led me to the right place!
There are a lot of roads in this world
and even some dead end streets.
Every road leads somewhere so
Even if you are lost you’re still headed somewhere.
Life, like taking a trip in a car, is not too complicated.
Every road leads to a predictable destination
and even if you’re lost you are still headed somewhere …
somewhere you can predict just by checking a roadmap.
The title of my sermon today is: All Roads Lead To God!
Some of you will strongly disagree with me.
But I ask you to be patient and listen!
I’m fully aware of what Jesus said in Matthew Chapter 7:
13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Jesus says there are only 2 roads!
One leads to life and the other leads to destruction.
However, many people believe there are many roads to God.
I recently heard a Christian woman say that!
Have you ever heard the quote, “All roads lead to Rome”?
It’s commonly known as the circular system.
I have here a bicycle wheel.
There is a hub at the center of this wheel.
It also has several spokes leading from the tire…
Toward the center hub.
Let’s use this bicycle wheel as an illustration of life!
No matter where you are on the outside circular,
any road you choose to take
will lead you straight to the hub.
God is the eternal hub of the universe
and no matter which road we choose to take
it leads us to Him.
All roads lead to God!
I came across some interesting facts on the CIA’s website.
Lets look at some current World Facts:
The CIA World Fact Book
Population: More than 6.6 Billion (July 2007 est.)
That’s a lot of people!
Religions: Christians 33% (of which Roman Catholics 17.3%, Protestants 5.8%, Orthodox 3.4%, Anglicans 1.2%), Muslims 20.1%, Hindus 13.3%, Buddhists 5.9%, Sikhs 0.4%, Jews 0.2%, other religions 12.6%, non-religious 12%, atheists 2.4% (2004 est.)
That’s a lot of roads in life!
And yet I say, all roads lead to God.
Even the atheism road leads to God.
Let’s examine some of these religions!
I took this information off their websites!
Buddhist belief teaches Four Nobel Truths and an Eight Fold Pathway which leads to the end of all pain. Siddhartha Gautama was a man who lived in the 500’s B.C. in Nepal. In his mid thirties he claimed enlightenment as the result of his sufferings and became the Buddha. One fundamental belief of Buddhism is reincarnation -- the concept that humans are trapped in a repetitive cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth. One’s goal is to escape from this cycle and reach Nirvana. Once this is attained, the mind experiences complete freedom, liberation and non-attachment. Suffering ends because desire and craving -- the causes of suffering -- are no more.