Are You Good Enough to Get Into Heaven?
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Are you good enough to get into heaven?
Most people think that they are good if they make it through life not killing anyone. It goes without saying that most people's standards are pretty low when it comes to being good enough to get into heaven. But what is God's standard of good? Are His standards as low as ours, do they change, does God grade on a curve?
Read the following and then take the test and find out...
In Luke, Chapter 18 when the rich young ruler came running up to Jesus and called him “good” Jesus asked him why he called him “good” stating that no one is good except God. He didn't ask this because he thought he wasn't good, he asked this to make the rich young ruler examine his definition of good. Jesus went on to question the rich young ruler asking him if he obeyed the 10 commandments? The rich young ruler said that he had obeyed the 10 commandments from his youth. That alone should give most of us pause since I doubt very much that anyone could obey the 10 commandments for much less than a day let alone for life, which in turn would give evidence for yet another sin against the 10 commandments...Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness. Jesus knew he had not obeyed the 10 commandments and went about questioning him to show him that he had not obeyed them by telling him if he wished to have treasure in heaven that he should sell everything he has and follow Him. At that the rich young ruler went away sorrowful. And that response also showed that the R.Y.R was not being honest when he said that he had obeyed the 10 commandments from his youth because he had disobeyed the very first commandment to Love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul and to have no other gods before Him. The RYR's other gods were his wealth as he was unwilling to let go of it, therefore putting it before God.
So where do you stand when it comes to the standard that God requires?
Have you EVER told a lie?
Have you EVER stolen something?
Have you EVER taken the Lord's name in vain?
Have you EVER committed adultery? Jesus said that if a person even lusted in his heart after a person that they have committed adultery in their heart.
If so, then you have broken 4 of the 10 Commandments already.
Now some may say, well yes I have done these things but they were in the past. But, my question to you would be if a murderer had committed murder but it was in the past would a righteous and good judge say “Ok, well as long as you don't do it again I'll let you off”? No, he wouldn't and if he did he would not be a good or righteous judge because he would not be upholding the law. And, really, technically EVERYTHING we've done is in the past now isn't it?
Moreover, I would wager that even if God was to magically erase all your sins of the past you would not be able to go for even one week, even one day, without committing more sins.
So, if God were to judge you by the 10 commandments would you be guilty or innocent? Sad to say I think we all would be guilty. And if you are guilty where will you be spending eternity? Will murderers, liars, adulterers and blasphemers be in heaven? The Bible says they will not be there. 1 Corinthians Chapter 6 verse 9 says:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, not idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you, but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God!
Buddha didn't take our penalty for sin upon himself, nor did Mohammad or Krishna or Confucius, no the only person who took upon himself the penalty for our sins was Jesus Christ. The Bible says that there is no other name given by which man can be saved.
So...are you good enough to get into heaven or will you be paying for your sins yourself for all of eternity?
Contrary to what some believe there are only two places to spend eternity either in heaven or in hell.
So what is a person to do? We are all guilty of sinning against a perfect and holy God. Thankfully, God has provided a way to fulfill the law and still allow sinners and lawbreakers into heaven.
John 3:16 says: For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son, so that whoever might believe in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.
So, wont you pray right now, repent, and ask Jesus to forgive your sins and save you from your future sins by placing your faith in him and in HIM alone?
It will be the best decision you ever make!