Thieves and Robbers
John 10:1, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the
door into the sheepfold,
but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”
Jesus said in John 10:1 that anyone who tries to enter Heaven apart from Him is a thief and a robber. Jesus plainly states in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to Heaven.
I am NOT trying to be mean or unkind, but Jesus calls the Pope a thief and a robber. That's exactly what Jesus said. The Catholic Vatican perverts the Scriptures by claiming that the Catholic Church is the Body of Christ, and that water baptism is the door into the Church. Thus, Catholicism teaches that the way to God and Heaven is through the Catholic Church. That is simply unbiblical and a lie.
The Bible teaches that Jesus, and Jesus alone, is the Christ, our only way of salvation. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” How much plainer could the Word of God be? If you want to go to Heaven, then you MUST come to God the Father by way of God the Son.
Sadly, nearly all Jews and Arabs are thieves and robbers, because both Judaism and Islam adamantly deny that Jesus is the Messiah. Both religions deny Biblical Christianity. There are also hundreds-of-millions of Hindus, who according to the Bible, are thieves and robbers. It's because they deny that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, Who came into the world to SAVE SINNERS.
Why does Jesus call such people thieves and robbers? It's because they are trying to break into Heaven “some other way,” rather than entering through the Son of God. If you try to get to Heaven by your own self-righteousness, or by some religion, or by some organization, or by religious ceremonies, or by water baptism, or by keeping the Sabbath Day, or by keeping the Sacraments, or by joining a church, or by doing good works, or by committing your life to living holy... then you are a thief who's trying to sneak into Heaven SOME OTHER WAY!
Jesus said we must enter through the DOOR, and Jesus is that DOOR according to John 10:9. Please don't try to break into Heaven. Do you know what is the saddest thing? It's the fact that the entrance to Heaven is freely open to anybody who wants to go through it, yet so many people aren't going to Heaven. Billions of people are scheming, working very hard at religion and lying awake at night trying to figure out how to get into Heaven; while the Door is wide open.
John 8:32 and 36, “And ye shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free ...
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
Jesus Came to Save Sinners