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Sin is not what keeps you out of Heaven.

Updated on May 23, 2015

Contrary to most teaching

Sin is not what keeps you out of Heaven.

I’m sure if you are a believer this title caught your eyes and was ready to argue the point. Now hear me out. If you believe in the Bible and believe what it says from the beginning to the end, I think you will agree with me at the end of this hub, or maybe not.

Perhaps the first scripture that comes to your mind is “Romans 6:23 (NIV) 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Or, “Romans 3:23 (NIV) 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

Yes these scriptures are true, for those who do not live and follow Christ. The man or woman sitting in prison for murder, their sins have already been forgiven, rather they have asked for God’s forgives or not. The liar, who is still lying every time his mouth opens, he has already been forgiven. And at this point as I am typing this hub, an atheist life his/hers sins has already been forgiven, rather they have asked God’s forgiveness or not.

Okay drop that rock out of your hand and still wait for the end. The word of God says in “Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were STILL SINNERS, Christ died for us.” Every one of those types of people I just described is STILL SINNERS but God still loves them.

So because of the love that God has he sent his son Jesus to die on the cross for them, you and me. Through Jesus’ death he paid the price for our sin. God placed all his anger towards sin (Not the sinner) on Jesus. And because of that, we consider what Jesus did on the cross as a gift, gift of salvation. Jesus died once and for all, he dose not need to return to the cross every time someone asks for forgiveness. But what we must do to be saved is to repent and receive the gift of salvation.

So what makes the murder, liar, and atheist and possibly you different although their sins have been forgiven? They must receive the gift of salvation same as you and I. Receiving it or rejecting the gift makes the difference.

“Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;”

Sin is not what keeps you out of heaven, it has already been forgiven; it’s rejecting the gift of salvation.

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    • amine-sehibi profile image

      amine sehibi 

      3 years ago

      hi, sorry that i didn't reply earlier, was a little tired.

      you know, I feel very bad about starr and our brother, they are gone now. I will miss them both specially starr, she was such a sweet person.

      thanks for the answers, I wish I could ask more about this topic but currently I feel so bad about starr and feex that I wont be able to reply for days, so sorry I'll get to this topic as soon as my brain starts working again. see ya

    • CarrieG profile imageAUTHOR

      CarrieG 

      3 years ago from Nevada

      amine, lets see if this works for you.

      1- what does it exactly mean when you said "rejecting the gift of salvation" ? I believe that what Jesus did on the cross for me was a free gift. In Ephesians 2:8 it says “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God”

      Nothing I can do to earn that gift, it was given to me free as any gift you receive. That gift (Jesus) if I don’t accept Jesus as my savior and let him be Lord of my life and never turn my life over to him but continue in my sinful ways, saying with my actions “no thank you Jesus for what you gave up for me” is rejecting the gift of salvation. Rejecting Jesus is rejecting the gift of salvation…Jesus is the gift.

      2- are you saying that even if I start worshiping multiple gods and still accept the 'salvation' and die holding that idea, I'll still enter heaven? No I’m not saying that. Ex 34:13-14 …13"But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim 14-- for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God”

      This says it clearly, NO OTHER GOD. I would call that adultery..so when you accept Jesus you must give up the other worship of other gods. Ex 20:3-5 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God,

      3- is murder and similar crimes also forgiven, in sense of I won't be punished if I just accept 'salvation'? I believe there is no sin greater then another. In the eyes of God that is but us humans hold each sin on different levels. Mark 3:28 "Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29 "but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation"

      You have to remember that with every action there is a reaction. Kill someone here on earth and then suffer consequences. Are you forgiven in heaven…Yes but you will have to do the punishment in jail. Jesus died for murders also. But the sin was forgiven on the cross, even the murderer has to accept the free gift. (Jesus)

      4- isn't 'rejecting the gift of salvation' a form of sin which can keep you out of heaven? Yes very much so. Heb. 10:26 2”For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge (hearing) of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,”

      This one talks about When you hear the truth (Knowledge) about what Jesus had done on the cross and still reject it even up until you die, which is then called blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. You no longer have that sacrifice for your sin.

      5- so does it mean that I don't need to follow the commandment simply by 'accepting the gift of salvation'? so I could go and commit adultery and or do all kind of sins, it would be okay because I know that all my sins are forgiven. Romans 6:13-14 13and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

      I believe that sin is wrong no matter what. As a Christian we are to put sin out of our lives. Once we have grace from Jesus means we try not to sin. But we are all humans and do fall short sometimes. Those sins are forgiven. But when a sin is in your life and you keep doing it over and over again means sin is the master of your life and God is not.

      I hope I answered those questions for you and that you can understand them. If not let me know and I will try to explain better..lol

    • amine-sehibi profile image

      amine sehibi 

      3 years ago

      take your time carrie, and thanks.

    • CarrieG profile imageAUTHOR

      CarrieG 

      3 years ago from Nevada

      Hi amine, those are great questions, I will answer them for you and I will use scripture for this so it won't be just my words. Give me a minute or two to write it all for you.

    • amine-sehibi profile image

      amine sehibi 

      3 years ago

      I almost forget this question, so does it mean that I don't need to follow the commandment simply by 'accepting the gift of salvation'? so I could go and commit adultery and or do all kind of sins, it would be okay because I know that all my sins are forgiven.

    • amine-sehibi profile image

      amine sehibi 

      3 years ago

      carrie_ hello we didn't talk since a while, its nice to start talking with you again, hope you and your husband are well.

      you know I always ask questions when it comes to belief, just like now so I have few questions, hope you can answer them for me.

      1- what does it exactly mean when you said "rejecting the gift of salvation" ?

      don't misunderstand me, I know what most people think when they hear that, but I want to hear your explanation of that sentence.

      2- are you saying that even if I start worshiping multiple gods and still accept the 'salvation' and die holding that idea, I'll still enter heaven?

      3- is murder and similar crimes also forgiven, in sense of I won't be punished if I just accept 'salvation'?

      4- isn't 'rejecting the gift of salvation' a form of sin which can keep you out of heaven?

      so hope the questions wasn't too offensive, waiting for your reply :)

    • CarrieG profile imageAUTHOR

      CarrieG 

      3 years ago from Nevada

      Thank you Paul for taking the time to read my hub and I appreciate your comment. We all need that little bit of heaven in our lives.

    • Paul K Francis profile image

      Paul K Francis 

      3 years ago from east coast,USA

      Yes - and I believe that by repenting and accepting the gift of salvation we can bring a little bit of that heaven into our everyday lives. Have a nice day.

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