Front doors do matter!
Today, many say that there is more than ONE way to heaven. All that matters is you are sincere in your beliefs and want to help others. But Jesus says in John 14:6
and in John 10:9 he also says,
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.My argument with the "All ways go to heaven" crowd is simply this: "Why would God go through all the trouble of building a front door then?". The issue is that all other "teachers or prophets" (such as Confucius, Buddha, Mohammad) just appear on the seen out of no where. No prophecy to predict their coming. No promises from God to keep. No effort on God's part to prepare their coming. Jesus, on the other hand, doesn't just pop on the scene to announce God's grace and forgiveness out of nowhere. Instead, God works over thousands of years and his plan takes literally thousands of years and the pain, suffering and death of many of his servants to bring it all about. Abraham is told to go live as a tent-dweller and wait for God to give him a son in his old age. Joseph is sold into slavery to Egypt and suffers imprisonment for obeying God. Moses leaves his lofty position as next in line of Pharaoh to lead his people out of Egypt. Elijah is chased from town to town by worshipers of Baal and forced to live in the desert. Jeremiah is thrown down a well for his denunciation of idol worship and ignoring God. Daniel is thrown in a lions den for praying to his God and not praying to the king. If God was going to allow ANY route into heaven, then he wasted all his time and energy with sending his own Son Jesus to bear all of our sins.
If we invite someone over we EXPECT them to use the front door. If they decide to use the window or the back door we would probably call the police to report an intruder. If we used the same "all ways lead to heaven" argument, you would be confronted with policemen who would tell you that the intruder is just a visitor who chose to use an alternate means of entering your house and since there is no one acceptable way to enter a house there is nothing illegal about it. You would argue that you DO care about how a person enters your house!
God does care about how you enter too.
In the story about the Wedding Feast, Jesus says that at the end there was found a man who was not wearing wedding clothes. The King asks him, "Friend, why are you not wearing the wedding clothes I have provided?". At this the man was speechless and he was thrown outside. That is how those who come to God but want to have nothing with the forgiveness he has so graciously provided through Jesus his only Son who died on the cross for them.