Will Apple and other tech companies be forced to install a “backdoor” approach in digital devices to help law enforcement have access to encrypted information during their investigations? A federal judge in California has ordered Apple to bypass security barriers on theiPhone 5c used by Syed Rizman Farook who, with his wife, killed 14 people in December 2015.
The former director of NSA, who installed controversial surveillance programs to collect telephone metadata on millions of Americans, says he opposes this “backdoor” device. He said, “We are a safer, more secure nation without ‘backdoor devices;’ because a lot of people, including the government, would take advantage of it.”
This begs the spiritual question: Is there going to be a “backdoor “ approach to Heaven? How does the scriptures weigh in on this issue? “Jesus therefore said unto them again, verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved . . ..” (John 10:7,9) Jesus is the door of the sheepfold, as the good shepherd provides salvation for the sheep by giving His life and taking care of them. There is only one door to a sheepfold, and Jesus is that door!
The implication is clear that the only way to God is through Jesus Christ (without any “backdoor” approach). This truth is confirmed in John 14:6, “Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father but by Me.” Jesus said, “I am the way,” which means that He is the road that one must travel to reach God. In fact, the Bible says, “There is no other way to God except through Jesus.” (Acts 4:12)
The Catholic church has tried to create a “backdoor” approach to Heaven. They believe in the doctrine of the “sacrament of penance” which presumes that a priest must mediate after death to absolve sins. The myth of purgatory involves a period of suffering after death until unforgiven sins are sufficiently penalized.
The Bible plainly tells us that Jesus Christ (not a priest) is our advocate to the Father (I John 2:1). The Bible also assures us that Christ himself (not a priest) “hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He (not a priest) might bring us to God.” (I Peter 3:18)
The Quran and Islam have tried to create a “backdoor” approach to Heaven by depicting Jesus, not as the Son of God, but Allah as their savior. This conflict between Islam and Christianity shows that these two religions can never achieve harmony. The New Testament is very, very clear that the heart, core, and soul of the Christian religion is our allegiance to Jesus Christ as our savior.
The Quran is emphatic that Jesus was not the Son of God. Muslims believe that Jesus was just a man having the same beginning as Adam. They believe that Jesus didn’t die on the cross.
As followers of God, our confession of faith is, “I believe that Christ is the son of the living God.” (Matt. 16:16) Many may argue that this difference between Islam and Christianity concerning Jesus’ deity makes little difference. In this they are completely wrong. For Jesus said, “Unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins.” (John 8:24)
It unequivocally does make a difference what a person believes about Christ, for entrance into Heaven depends upon it! (John 10:9) The Quran tries to get Muslims into Heaven by the “backdoor” approach of Mohammed instead of Christ.