Its a start! Faith, religion, salvation, personal relationship with jesus, are all concepts surrounding the idea that we go to Heaven when we die because of Jesus and His sacrifice for us. Well, there's more to it. A person achieves salvation through belief, trust, repentance, confession and submission to the will and authority of Christ. Need more answers ... go to "contact us."
I believe that there are "many" ways to a relationship with God! Jesus in not necessarily the "only" way, right?
Well, if you are right, then Jesus is a liar! If He is a liar, then He cannot be God, or even holy. If He is not holy, then my belief in Him is a waste of time.
However, in regards to this issue, Jesus being the only way to a restored relationship with God, if Jesus is not lying and He is the only way, I had better listen to Him, huh! In regards to His divinity, and resurection, there is plenty of supporting evidence in the world that He actually lived, died and rose again. When I look at the entire account of His life and all of the Bible and supporting evidence, then to me it makes perfect sense.
If you want to know the truth, search for it, with all of your heart! God promises that the heart that truly wants to find Him ... will indeed!
It takes a little more than that! Afterall, even Satan and the demons "believe" in Jesus! We have to also trust Him, trust in His sacrifice alone for our salvation, and be faithful to all that He has taught us throughout Scripture.
Some will see this as unfair, but, that is us judging God's determination of what is and is not fair. Who are we to judge the Creator of all things?
Do I really need to be so serious about faith in Jesus, and really, religion as a whole? Can't this whole thing wait?
In the world that we live in, we mostly have things the way we want them, when we want them, and how we want them. We prioritize what we put our attention to and then when we decide to get serious. After all, there's no urgency right?
I would beg to differ with the above statement. As a pastor, I encounter many people that are totally unprepared for illness as well as death. Usually, it turns out to be a chaotic mess of people reaching for straws as they go through this very difficult time.
Look at it this way: If I told you to prepare for whatever will come into your life for the next 24 hours, or, I told you to prepare for the next 10 years, which would have more depth, personal meaning and importance?