GONE TO FAIRBANKS
How many paths lead to heaven?
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father
except through me.” -John 14:6
Alaska is a big state, twice the size of Texas. In fact, it would be possible to fit more than 550 Rhode Islands into Alaska. Anyone who has traveled in Alaska realizes that one can drive for hours from one place to another. Anchorage, the largest city, is located on the southern shore of Alaska. About halfway up the state, near the center, is the interesting city of Fairbanks. Fairbanks boasts they have some days every year when they have light for almost 24 hours. However, they also have many days of darkness for nearly 24 hours, too. Plus, drivers in Fairbanks must always be careful not to hit a moose.
It is possible to drive a car north from Anchorage to Fairbanks; however, there are only two highways that will take us there. We can travel on Highway 3 which will get us from Anchorage to Fairbanks in about 6½ hours. That trip is about 360 miles. Or we can travel on Alaska Highways 1 and 2 and get there in about 9½ hours, traveling about 520 miles. Those are the only two routes we can take, unless we want to go over the mountains and through the valleys with a dogsled. Those two highways are well traveled.
If we live near a city we know that there are often many roads we can take to get to the same destination. No doubt some of our parents take several different routes to get from home to school. Often we are fortunate there are many routes to travel, especially if one route is closed.
Some people want us to believe that there are also many routes that lead to heaven. They say, “It makes no difference if we are Muslims or Buddhists, Mormons or Christians. All religions will get us to heaven. The only important thing is that we live a good life. Then God is certain to take us into heaven regardless of what we believe.” That is a terrible teaching because it is completely false. I am assuming that all of you are like me and look at our life and would have to say it is not good because it is stained with sinfulness every day. There is only one book that shows the correct and only route to take to heaven. That book is the Bible. Only by reading this book do we learn how to solve the problem we have with sin. It tells us the truth of where we came from, and who God really is. It includes a Savior named Jesus who died on the cross for our sins and rose from the grave in victory. While every other religion teaches that people can get to heaven by doing good things or living a good life, it is my prayer that we know that only when we have faith in Jesus, as our Savior from all of our sins, can we have the assurance of eternal life in heaven.
The night before Jesus was crucified, he met with his apostles as they celebrated the first Lord’s Supper. Jesus wanted to tell them what was about to happen. He said to them, “I am going to prepare a place for you, but I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going” (John 14:3,4). When Thomas heard this he was confused. He asked Jesus, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus looked at Thomas and said lovingly, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” We thank God for showing us the Way and the Truth and the Life. We know the path to heaven is through Jesus. Now we must share those directions found in the Bible with our friends and families.
In Christ, Mike Allard, Principal @ St. John’s