Apparently according to a poll taken by the Pew Research Center that is true. Keeping in mind they only polled 35,000 people a minority compared to the actual population, so is it really a true view of how Christians and other religions view their God? No, if they wanted a true view and not just a random sampling they would make the poll open to everyone and not just a few select, 35,000 people. So anyway my question stands……
Can you be a Christian if you deny Christ is the only way to Heaven, there is no God, and that there are more than one way to get to God?
My conclusion is no, you cannot be a Christian by denying the existance of the God that you claim to pray to, worship and love. I am not talking about any other religions just the Christian. Wether for the sake of the argument you are like me and consider yourself a New Testament Christian, or consider yourself in another segment of Christianity. I am not going to split hairs on this right now – there is to much to go into by delving into each break offs beliefs. So if you say you are Christian despite your denomination then you can answer the question 🙂 The poll suggests that only a NET sum of Protestants (the PEW center breaks it down by denomination) is 98 percent that believes in God now breaking that down further is this: 72% believe in a personal God, 19% believe in an impersonal force (not God but a force) and 7% don’t know! Now this is just the Protestant percents, they list Roman Catholics, Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, and other non-Christian groups like Buddists as well – please visit the website for the rest of the numbers. So anyway, first of all why don’t 7% know, don’t they read the Bible?
An overwhelming 66% of Protestants say that many religions can lead to everlasting life. There are so many Scriptures that attest that Christ is the only Way to everlasting life that I will list where they can be found: John 3:16, John 3:36, John 4:14, John 5:24, John 6:27, John 6:40, John 6:47, John 12:50, Romans 6:22, Galations 6:8, I Timothy 1:16 and of course the Old Testament prophecies that came true when Christ came to earth as a lowly man. Show me the Scripture that says many religions can lead to everlasting life? There is no Scripture, this is based solely on a book written by men in some religions that say they too will have everelasting life, the Book that is written by God the Father is the one I believe and put my trust in to be the Truth. Luke 9:27 I admit it I am Sola Scriptura. Another 64% believe there is more than one way to intrepret the teachings/beliefs of Christianity! See 2 Timothy below. The last time I looked there was only one Bible, if you are reading a translation and not a paraphrase (like The Message) then for the most part it says the same thing. I also admit I use the KJV. Sometimes I will pull out my NKJV when I need to clarify or when I read something to the children so they better understand, but for the other 99% (since we are talking percentages) I am KJV. How can we proceed to back up our Faith when it seems as if so many of our brothers and sisters have no idea what the Bible says and what God puts forth in His Word? No wonder non-Christians look at us with disdain, we are not cohesive. Didn’t God warn about confusion if His church was split? Now I know that the survey looks at all religions and even non-religions. I don’t even consider myself a Protestant. I consider myself a Christian, what the disciples were first called. See Acts 26:28 and I Peter 4:16 For the record, I believe the Word of God to be the infallible Word nothing should be added or deleted for fear of punishment by having my name removed from the Book of Life, I believe there is a God and He created the world and the Bible is God breathed but transcribed by men He deemed worthy. "All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 The Bible is all we need to know how to love and serve God.
Why is it so difficult for us to believe in God? Is because as a society we have become godless? We have undermined His authority – letting homosexuals ‘marry’, taking away the roles of men and women, killing unborn children, taking away parental rights to teach and raise their own children, among other tthings. We are becoming like Sodom and Gomorrah, we are denying God and worshipping idols like our ancestors the Israelites. Except our idols are cars, money, prestige, big houses, name brand labels. It will only be a time decided on by God before things will come to a close. I welcome Christ’s return when He raptures His Bride. I have heard a Pastor claim that we should not pray for the Lord to return because there are so many unbelievers, that is true but we also need to welcome Christ so He can save His Bride. I would much prefer to be a ‘poor’ missionary in the jungles than to be ‘rich’ in my little house. Would it be easy to give up my worldly goods to serve Him? No, but that is my flesh. When I know that Christ will one day say to me "Well done, good and faithful servant." Matthew 25:21 That is all the reward I will need. I am not ashamed to say it, I am in love with the Lord! When I think about meeting Him one day I tear up and just want to shout for joy and worship Him!
When I think of people who say they are Christians but then deny there is a God, deny that being a Christian is the ONLY way to Heaven, I am saddened. I fear for their souls. God wants us with Him, in Heaven but that can’t be done if we deny Him and continue to deny Him His rightful place in the center of our lives! I am saddened that there are brothers and sisters who have been so mis-led by society and even churches, that they are lost, we need to turn back to the Source of Truth and Light and Life and give Him our life as He once gave His.