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Bible is crystal-clear about our route to eternal life

Published 10/02/2016

Alf McCreary makes a number of interesting points in his article (Saturday Review, February 6) and he is absolutely right to say that it's not for us to judge what will happen to a person after death. God alone is the judge of men's hearts and we must leave judgement in His hands (James 4:12).

He is also right to say that many who profess to follow Christ do not live up to their profession, while others who make no Christian profession whatsoever can often live very upright lives and produce kindness and human love in a very noticeable manner. As Jesus said Himself, there will be many surprises on Judgement Day (Matthew 7:21-23).

However, this should not lead us to assume that God has not given us in His word the signposts to eternal life and fellowship with Him forever.

The Bible is crystal-clear about receiving eternal life (John 5:24; 1 John 5:12) and Jesus makes it very plain that faith in Him is essential for a person to enjoy this eternal life (John 3:36).

These are not the narrow interpretations of a religious fundamentalist, but the words of the only Saviour of men and women (Acts 4:12).

If there are other routes into the Father's house, why did Jesus describe Himself as the unique way to get there (John 14:6) and why, then, did Jesus die on the cross?

D HOWARD GILPIN

Moira, Co Down

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