October 2022

Path to Eternal Life

Where does one go to find the path to eternal life? Are there signs to follow? How does one keep on the path?

There are many opinions on where to go or what to do to be on the path to eternal life, but there is only one way to get on it. Listen to the one who built it, Jesus. He built the path with his unconditional love for all people. Yet many do not understand how his unconditional love alone can build such a path since we are conditioned to earn all that we own. This conditioning can also lead to difficulty believing that Jesus alone saved us.

Many read the bible and have come up with different interpretations of what one needs to do to get on the path to eternal life. Good works, trying to keep all the commandments, being kind to others, etc., are some of them. Their interpretations use human reasoning to make them more believable than what Jesus says. So, which is the “right” path?

Jesus warned his disciples to “Watch out for false prophets” (Mathew 7:15). People who call themselves Christian teach so many ideas as if they are true. There are at least 200 groups across North America alone that call themselves Christian. How can one determine if they are true? We should always go to the bible and listen to Jesus. After he told his disciples to watch out for false prophets, he told them, “by their fruit you will recognize them” (Mathew 7:16). So, one ought to recognize them by comparing what the false teaching says with what Jesus says.

Here’s an example. Some people teach that you have to decide to be a Christian. They cite that when someone asked Paul, ‘what must I do to be saved?’ Paul said ‘believe.’ See? You have to decide to believe to be a Christian. This sounds right as it quotes Scripture, but is it? When Paul said believe, he did not mean you must believe. Rather, he meant that one needs to believe what someone tells them is true whether one recognizes it or not. For example, if you were a passenger on the Titanic and after it had hit the iceberg, someone told you that it was sinking, “get in the lifeboat,” you would do just that because you believed it was sinking.

Jesus says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you” (John 15:16). “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Your Shepherd says you don’t decide or do anything to save yourself. It’s all by grace, undeserved love, that chooses us.

Here’s more on what God’s Word says about the path to eternal life.

(Psalm 119:105) “Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light on my path.”
(Proverbs 1:15) “my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths;”
(John 14:6) “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
(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.”

So, where does one go? To God’s word. God says what he means and means what he says. It is in God’s word that you find signs to get on the path to eternal life. Reading the bible, praying, and hearing God’s word regularly will help keep you on the one true path to eternal life.