Jesus declared, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6) and “Whoever believes in the Son [Jesus Christ] has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him” (John 3:36).
But the majority of Christians disagree.
The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life surveyed 35,000 Americans about their beliefs. Eighty-three percent of mainline church members, 79 percent of Catholics, and even 57 percent of Evangelicals believe that “many religions can lead to eternal life.”
Perhaps the rejection of Jesus’ statements stems from the 37 percent of people of faith do not believe their “sacred texts are the word of God” and the 27 percent who believe those texts “should not be taken literally.”
So, some thoughts on Jesus answer to, What must I do to inherit eternal life?
What are your thoughts?
P.S. I post several of these commentaries over at ThinkChristian.net Albert comments, “This statement, ‘many religions can lead to eternal life’ is completely true! We all will lead an eternal life after this corporeal body goes away. That’s not the issue. The issue is where you spend that eternal life.” Good point!
P.P.S (July 5, 2008) An article at ChristianPost.com reports “New Study Finds Fewer Evangelical Universalists than Reported “
- A re-wording of a question about religious beliefs coupled with a more precise definition of a Christian group found that far fewer evangelicals are universalists than what the Pew Forum reported in its landmark report last week.
LifeWay Research, associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, found that only two out of 10 evangelicals – as defined by their belief system rather than what church they attend – agreed with the statement that eternal life can be obtained through religions other than Christianity.
“When we define evangelicals as not just those who sit in pews but who agree with certain evangelical beliefs, we find a different picture than was widely reported in the news about the recent Pew study,” said Ed Stetzer, director of LifeWay Research, the research arm of LifeWay Christian Resources, in a statement.