Q. I was teaching the gospel to someone who claims to be a Christian but believes that every road leads to heaven. The person who I talked to said that the Bible mentions this in the beatitudes in Matt. 5:1-12. Who was Jesus talking about in this verse and what does it really mean?
A. Matt. 5:1-12 is written to and for believers, and has to be viewed from that perspective. I couldn’t find anything in these verses that supports the inclusive view that all roads lead to heaven.
The definitive verse on the inclusive/exclusive debate is John 14:6 “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Entry into Heaven is exclusive to followers of Jesus who’ve given their hearts to Him. Had Jesus implied something different in the beatitudes He would have been contradicting Himself.