This article is based on the premise of being Christians. Generations over thousands of years have debated this. If only people who believe in Jesus and worship him be able to go to heaven, then what happen to those sincerely good moral folks who don’t believe in Jesus? Do they go to hell? Then where is fairness? Justice?
Question should rather be asked is it fair for the Son of God Jesus Christ, who never committed any sin, to die on the cross to be a ransom for humanity? It’s funny people asked the first question, because imagine that Jesus the Son of God did not incarnate into the world and take up the sufferings and humiliation of dying on the cross, then what? Then I bet no one will complain that it’s not fair, because everyone then will go to hell. Then everyone will cry out to God “save us O God!” Now that’s actually what God did He gave his only begotten Son:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
It’s God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life! That’s the love of God that drives God to save mankind. He acted because of his love; otherwise we would all have perished. Is that fair? If you really want to be fair, the whole humanity would perish! Period. There will be no complaints but only facing the stark reality of burning unquenchable fire in hell.
Now God has acted, and sent his Son Jesus Christ into the world due to his love for us, we reject him because we think it’s too narrow? Not fair? First there was zero way to heaven, we didn’t complain. Now there is a way, albeit a small narrow way, we complain! How lame is that? Because on the surface it may seem to be narrow, selective, and downright even unfair. But the fact of the matter is that the way has to be narrow, because you will have to know God’s way, not just any way. It’s like you have one father, so people start complaining that you are being narrow. You can’t help it, because you can have only one biological father, not two or three! Only one, one mother too. When God came into this world, same thing, he is telling us there is only him. You don’t have two gods! One!
Deut 6: 4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Yahweh told Israel, tell Israel, your God is one. You can’t have two gods! You either accept him or reject him, but you can’t complain that there is only one way of salvation. It’s really saying you are complaining because there is only one God, and it’s unfair??
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)
Jesus did not show us the way to heaven. Jesus says He is the way. He is the truth. He is Life. That’s a bold claim and a universally selective one. There is only one way back to God, you can accept or reject? Likewise, Jesus can’t help it saying that too, because there is only one way, not two ways back to God! So if we are to be intellectually be a man or woman of integrity, we must either accept Jesus as the Son of God and the only narrow way, or reject him as the only way. There is no middle way, because if so, you would have been a hypocrite to yourself and the world!
Finally what about folks who are good morally, basically a good man but not believing in Jesus? Do they go to heaven? According to the gospel of Jesus, the kingdom of God is not a standard of good and bad, but rather a reconciliation of our relationship with God as our Father. Essentially you can be the best morally behaved son in the family, but if you refuse to call your dad as dad, rejecting his fatherhood, what good is there? I think the poor father would rather have a more mischievous son but calling him dad.
Ephesians 1: 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[b] predestined us for adoption to sonship[c] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves
Because relationship crowns above all ethics. God is not interested in your own good doing, but he’s after your heart to love him. God loves you and he wants you to love him. Your good deeds morally good behavior has nothing to do with you coming back to his family.