Can faith save us? If the answer is yes, then just about everyone we know (including the atheist down the street) is en route to Heaven. Baptists, Muslims, Pentecostals, Buddhists, Hindus, Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and atheists alike exercise faith in one form or another. Even though we might consider the atheist the least likely to have faith in this group, he actually has more faith than the others. His belief system demands it. Let me explain.
Atheism is the belief that there is no God. An atheist generally falls into one of two categories: he takes the position that there is insufficient evidence for him to acknowledge God exists, or he claims the evidence contradicts God’s existence. Atheists hold to their beliefs without giving any evidence in support of them. They also lack evidence to disprove the existence of God. This means their beliefs are maintained by faith.
Will atheists go to Heaven (or any individuals in the faiths I mentioned above)? Not on the basis of their faith. In fact, their faith will condemn them to a Christless eternity. This is because it is not the presence of faith, but the object, which is the determining factor in salvation. Until a person puts his faith in Jesus Christ alone for his salvation, he cannot be saved — no matter how strong his faith might be in himself or his religion.
Everyone has faith. But everyone is not Heaven-bound. You may know friends, relatives, co-workers, and neighbors who are unsaved. I challenge you to share with them the saving truth of the gospel so they will put their faith in the right place.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.