Is Christianity The Only Way?
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Do all people go to heaven? Why wouldn't someone go to heaven? How does someone get to heaven? Are there many paths to heaven?
Christianity is...Primarily the conversion of all the ancient moral and mystic efforts of humanity into a higher religion, which in fulfilling their aspirations, transcends them. -Eugene Masure
(Christians are) Unhappy (unfortunate) men who are persuaded that they will survive death and live forever... they despise death and are willing to sacrifice their lives to their faith. -Lucian AD 150
Nero fastened the guilt... on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of...Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome... -Tacitus AD 64
They were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by a solemn oath, not to any wicked deeds, but never to commit any fraud, theft or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of food--but food of an ordinary and innocent kind -Pliny to Trajan AD 112 re: legal action cx the great multitude of Christians
About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he... wrought surprising feats...He was the Christ. When Pilate...condemned him to be crucified, those who had....come to love him did not give up their affection for him. On the third day he appeared...restored to life...And the tribe of Christians...has...not disappeared -Josephus AD 75 Testimonium Flavianum
Christianity is unique in that:
...it is God's attempt to reach man, rather than man's attempt to reach God
Jesus is unique in that:
...He is acknowledged as a great teacher by almost every religious tradition
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Why did Jesus have to die?
Those who haven't heard...are judged on the basis of what they do with the knowledge they do have.