If I’m good, do I go to heaven?

If I’m good, do I go to heaven?

If I live my life to the best of my ability, when I die, I’ll be going to heaven, right? Unfortunately, that’s not right.

None of us can live perfect lives. We can never be good enough to enter heaven. We read in the Bible that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) So while good works are important, “Works, through faith, are good and profitable for all people” (Titus 3:8), it is only through faith in Christ Jesus (John 14:16) and His sacrifice for us that we are saved, not by our works, otherwise we might think too highly of ourselves and devalue Jesus and His life.

Getting to heaven demands atonement for our sins–a sacrifice that is great and costly. That sacrifice is beyond anything that we can do, that’s why God did it for us. He sent his son, Jesus to earth to become that sacrifice. In John 3:16 we read, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Does that mean that good works are worthless? Absolutely not. Faith in Jesus Christ is what saves us, but faith without works is dead (James 2:20-24). Works are the fruit of our faith and obediently done for the glory of God (Matthew 5:16). God wants us to good. Within the Bible we read, “…what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

Should Christians try to convert those of other religions?

Should Christians try to convert those of other religions?

Another great question as all Christians are called to go and make disciples of all nations. ( Matthew 28:19) First, it must be said that Christians do not actually convert others. Christians are to be Jesus’ ambassadors to the world bringing the Good News of the Gospel that Jesus alone saves. God does all the convicting of sin and the need for a Savior and the converting through His Holy Spirit. Second, a Christian’s conversations and testimonies are to be shared in love and compassion to all those of other faiths, to those who have no knowledge of God and even to those who are agnostics and atheists who deny there is a Creator. (John 3:16)

Christians do all this because they are instructed to do so in many passages of scripture and because they want to share God’s love and that joy of knowing Jesus as Savior. They want every person to experience that new wonderful transformed and meaningful life He gives now and forever to all who believe. When a person experiences God’s love and forgiveness and are saved from God’s wrath. So, why would they not want to tell others about their new life and Savior. Remember, Christians only tell others about Jesus, the Gospel and how He died and rose again for each person. We are only His ambassadors. We go and tell just like the Apostle Andrew said to his brother Peter, “Come and see. We have found the Messiah, Jesus.”

There is nothing greater than seeing a lost soul find Jesus as Savior. Now how about you? If you are a Christian do you tell others about Jesus? Perhaps it’s a family member or friend or colleague that needs to know Him. We encourage you to be that Christian friend that shares the ‘Good News” and points them to Jesus just like Andrew did to Peter. Then watch in wonder as God does a marvelous transformation in that person’s life. What happens really does surpasses all human understanding but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

Does sin matter if you are basically a good person?

Does sin matter if you are basically a good person?

The simple answer to the question is YES! Sin does matter because any sin separates one from an intimate relationship with God just like the sin of adultery destroys the trust between a husband and wife and most often leads to separation. Sin also creates feelings of guilt and shame and can lead to depression or worse.

The real question to consider is; by what standard or definition is a person “good”? The Bible says no matter how good or righteous we think we are by God’s standard of holiness and perfection our righteousness is like filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6) So, it is clear by God’s standard that you are a sinner even when you believe you are a “good” person.

Therefore, if you are only a good person and do not believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you will not be able to experience God’s love and forgiveness.

The good news is that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) Jesus paid the penalty for our sins at the cross. So now we can experience forgiveness and relief from sin that God offers when we put our trust and faith in Him. That also means that when we stumble into sin again we can seek God’s forgiveness and restore our relationship with Him. When we abide in Christ and walk in the light of God’s Inspired Word we are able to overcome sin and its power in our lives.

Are you a follower of Jesus so you can enjoy God’s forgiveness and the abundant and eternal life that is available only in Him? If not, why not do it today.

How does a person get ‘right’ with God?

How does a person get ‘right’ with God?

This is a good question for all of us to ponder, as who would not want to be ‘right’ with our Creator.

Again, the short answer is YOU CAN’T ever get right with God by yourself. That’s right, YOU can never be so good, never sin, never do everything you can to follow His words perfectly, no matter how hard you try. God, The Father, is perfectly holy and any sign of sin, no matter how small, how large, now or in our past, is not acceptable to Him.

BUT, the most wonderful thing has happened. He loved us so much He provided a Savior, His only Son, for US, you and me. We can never fully understand or comprehend this indescribable love He has for us, but we can experience it. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, lead a perfectly holy sinless life, suffered, was brutally killed and His perfect life was accepted by The Father and He rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven with God The Father.

Now God chooses to see us even with all our sins and imperfections through Christ and we through faith in Christ are now   ‘…right with God’.  This faith is called Salvation, saved from being slaves to sin and from eternity in hell. However, there is only ONE requirement for this great gift to us. Each and everyone of us MUST trust in His promises and accept Jesus personally as their Savior. God does not save mankind by groups or churches or religions but by each person individually. All other religions require man to do something to ‘get right’ with their god(s) which unfortunately only leads them to a ‘DEAD’ end. Christianity is the only faith where God came down to man to offer free eternal life with Him.

This indescribable offer is open to everyone who seeks it. You have the freewill to put your trust and faith and yield your life to Him or not. Nothing else is needed. It’s that simple. Just invite Him in. A new joy-filled life here on earth and then eternity in Heaven is the gift God offers.

So, now comes the most important question and decision you will ever make in your entire life. Will YOU place your faith and life in Christ and receive that great free gift? Now is the moment of decision. Chose wisely as your eternity hangs in the balance.

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