In response to the commentary by Ray Holbrook ("Illegal immigration is the real problem," The Daily News, Nov. 29): Holbrook said, “The Bible says and I believe that there is only one way to heaven. You believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God or you don’t, you’re not in.”

Well, I'm a Christian, and I believe in the Bible.

Consider the Muslims, Buddhists, Taoists, Jews, etc. Are these people denied access to heaven? I believe God is just. Those who have faith in their religion and live it to the best of their ability will be admitted into heaven.

Jesus also taught about “forgiveness.” If a person wants forgiveness he (or she) can ask to be forgiven of sins and shortcomings.

If Holbrook wants to be forgiven for publishing an incomplete theological concept, he could ask for it in a prayer. I say a prayer every morning and ask forgiveness for my sins, (wrongs to people, lies — yes, I admit to having told lies) going back to 35-40 years ago and injury to people, going back to 40 years ago.

Stephen A. Hodgson



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(13) comments

Carlos Ponce

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

When Jesus died on the cross He went to the dead to preach the Good News to those who came before but did not know Him. "For the Messiah himself died for sins, once and for all, a righteous person on behalf of unrighteous people, so that he might bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but brought to life by the Spirit; and in this form he went and made a proclamation to the imprisoned spirits, to those who were disobedient long ago..." 1 Peter 3: 18-20

Jesus will reveal himself to those who did not know him. In the meantime, we who are believers should obey the Lord: “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation." Mark 16:15

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20

"There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved." Acts 4:12

This teaching may seem harsh to some but it is our belief.

Charles Douglas

...and on top of that great explanation by Mr. PONCE, ...JESUS NEVER said a main could not turn or change his/her wicked ways, "POBODY IS NERFECT" ) and except the Lord as his Lord and Savior. They just better do it in this life and not wait for the the next one to get it Done! God's offer of salvation in this life expires when death swallows you up on this side. Romans 10:9-10 States, If thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved. 10) for with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth CONFESSION is made unto SALVATION. One of the biggest lies out of HELL, is "Don't worry you got time for all that salvation stuff!" One never knows where death lurks!! One never knows when a malfunction of life happens before they die if they will even be able to TALK or CONFESS anything! My best advice as far as salvation is not to use the forgiven thief on the cross as an example. The most important thing an individual will do in their life on earth is to determine where they will spend eternity, in heaven or hell. Nothing else should even come close!

Sharon Stratman

Nice trick to get ancient Hebrews up through Joseph, the man who raised him, into heaven, having Jesus going to them in the dead zone before he rose. I don't know where that idea came from except Catholic tradition, and I don't know of many faithful Jews who accept him as Messiah even now.

Carlos Ponce

"having Jesus going to them in the dead zone before he rose." It comes from the Bible. Check my post, Sharon especially 1 Peter.

Bailey Jones

There's your answer, Stephen. Heaven is for Christians only. No Muslims, no Buddhists, no Hindus, no Sikhs, no Jains, no Shintos, no Unitarians, no agnostics, no Wiccans, no Oprahologists... It's a harsh religion these guys have chosen. (They'll get in, of course.)

Emile Pope

Just because the people around them believe the same as themselves doesn't necessarily mean that they're in heaven...

Carlos Ponce

"(They'll get in, of course.)" Bailey must ignore the First Commandment. Add to that Jesus say obey the Commandments.

Dan Freeman

One of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

 Mark 12:28-31 KJV

Carlos Ponce

And in an English version of the Bible written in Hebrew:

One of the Torah-teachers came up and heard them engaged in this discussion. Seeing that Yeshua answered them well, he asked him, "Which is the most important mitzvah of them all?" Yeshua answered, "The most important is, `Sh'ma Yisra'el, ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad [Hear, O Isra'el, the LORD our God, the LORD is one], and you are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your understanding and with all your strength.' The second is this: `You are to love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other mitzvah greater than these."

Dan Freeman

Mr. Ponce the Gospel of Mark was written in Greek and beautifully translated into English for the King James Bible. I appreciate your Hebrew version but it is a translation from Greek, not the original.

Bailey Jones

And the Greek was translated from the language of Jesus and his followers, which was Aramaic.

Carlos Ponce

Agreed but since Jesus spoke in Aramaic, a form of Hebrew to his disciples the actual names used are closer to the Lord's spoken word.

Carlos Ponce

When you get a chance listen to the "Passion of Christ" where Jim Caviezel switches from Aramaic to Latin. See if you can catch it.

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