Are you good enough to go to heaven? When we die, we all shall be judged before God.
Hebrews 9:27 – And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Everyone will be judged by God. So, according to the Bible how good do we have to be to go there? Well, first off, the Bible says the main reason we go to hell is because we are all sinners. Ever since God created man, we have sinned and were punished with death in hell and eventually will be in the lake of fire.
Genesis 3:6 – And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Romans 5:14 – Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
Revelation 20:14 – And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
So, what must a person do to escape this? Many people believe that if they get baptized, do good things like give to the poor, and don’t do something really bad like murder, they are all set. While in some ways that does make sense, imagine if we did that in real life. A person who breaks the law protests they didn’t break a really bad law and that they did a lot of good for others, so they think they shouldn’t be punished. That would be unjust. If we know this as sinners, how much more just must God be? In fact, God is so just, that He says all liars must go to the Lake of Fire.
Revelation 21:8 – But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
God also says that no amount of good we do, whether it is being kind, getting baptized and taking the Lord’s Supper, or telling the truth, can not save us, because in the end we still have broken the law.
Isaiah 64:6 – But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Galtions 2;16 – Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
James 2:10 – For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Perhaps you are the opposite though. Maybe you think that God can not forgive you. Maybe you are a thief, a rapist, an abuser, a murderer. Jesus Christ promised that when he was punished on the cross for sins, he wasn’t punished for only “little” sins like lies, but for all sins. Many murderers, drug abusers, and even cannibals have had their lives changed by Jesus Christ, and Jesus promises that you can too.
Hebrews 8:12 – For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Hebrews 10:17 – And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
How can we go to heaven then if only one lie can send us to hell and all our good works are filthy rags to God? The Bible says that the only way for justice to be fulfilled is to be punished. God loves us though and is merciful. So, to be just and merciful, God decided He would punish someone, and decided to punish Himself. He came as a man named Jesus Christ, suffered the death we deserve, and came back to life to prove this is true.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 -Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Even though Jesus Christ was punished for us, until a person accepts this, they are not saved. Say someone bought you a present, until you take that present it isn’t yours. If you say, “No, I don’t want it” or don’t know it’s available or even never decide to take it, you can’t have it. So, with the gift of salvation, until you personally decide to take it, it isn’t yours. How do you do this? By trusting that it is true that you are a sinner, that Jesus Christ is God, that He died to forgive you, and that He came back to life. If you not only believe this, but also trust Jesus Christ to save you from hell, Jesus promises He will. We can pray to God to show Him we believe, but it is not required.
Romans 10:9-11 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Are you trusting yourself today or think you are good enough to go to heaven? Do you think that you can never be forgiven? Please reconsider what the Bible has to say, and ask Jesus Christ ALONE to save you today.