If you were to stand before God today and He should ask you, "Why should I let you into Heaven?"
...what would your response be? Looking for serious soul searching answers. Would love to help anyone seeking true understanding.
As I understand Christianity, isn't the whole point that humans aren't worthy, and can't save themselves? That it's only through God's mercy that people are saved? According to that theology, there is nothing one could say to God that would merit admission into Heaven, other than, "You shouldn't, but if you do, it's pure mercy."
Or with confidence and faith, I place my heart into your Son's hands. He died for me on that tree. Thank you God!;;;; On another note, how have you been Maddie? How have things changed for you in four years?
Hindus say that there is only one Supreme Being that is Brahman and all other beings including humans are his offsprings or in other words his creations and so they all are equal before Him. God being father,all are his sons,Christ being not only one
that is what hindus say, but not what the creator God says and I believe Him and His scriptures and Christ as the ONLY way to enter the Kingdom of God.
Celafoe, I respect your belief with all my heart and soul but I also am firm in my own.
Growing up in a Christian church & school… that's exactly it. No one is worthy except through the sacrifice made on the cross through Jesus Christ. That's basic Christian Theology as I understand it.
Humans aren't worthy is not a basic Christian theology, you should try to learn the teachings of Jesus Christ about love and truth. As Mr. Hariprasad says, if everyone is equal in front of Bhrama, why cast system and all discrimination?
I would answer,.... My Lord you took my place on the cross, you were found guilty in my place.....and you gave me a new garment, to enter in.
WHOO HOO HOO! I think you get the prize for the most concise and accurate answer. Praise God. Enter in to the joy of your Master is what I believe He will say.
Jesus did not take your place on the cross, you will still die. He died to defeat death, restore what Adam took from you and give you the opportunity to do the same
I woulld be so humbled before Him, that I wouldn't be able to speak...
And when I do speak, everything I say will be a reason for Him not to let me in....And yet, I will enter by The Saving Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.....
I can only be aloowed into heaven through your grace and nothing that i have done or said. God's grace is the only way into and through the Gates of Heaven. That does not give you liscence to sin and do nothing that furthers God's kingdom. But It is also just through God Grace that any of us are here to begin with!
I would say, Dear Lord, because I am your daughter and part of my life on earth was spent in pain and anguish. I would just like to have peace in heaven and praise you with the Angels til the end of time.
Thank you to all for responding to my question. I am encouraged by what I've read. Maddie...in response to your questions: yes indeed humans are unworthy and cannot save themselves. It is only through God's mercy and your believing in the death, burial and resurrection of His Son that a person is allowed into Heaven. Do you believe this?
You said it in a nutshell. He took the penalty for them and then put the sins as far away as the east is from the west.
If I am brave enough, I should own the consequences of all my sins and to suffer in Hell rather than to hand over my sins to the Christ and seek Heaven like a coward.This concept is just a crazy one and people should shed off such mind-set outright.
harishp-- that may be good for you but it is not the will of God for His people. you do it your way and we will trust God.
celafoe, sometimes words cannot express what we want to convey. You are right one should do it the way what one feels appropriate in his wisdom.
I think the idea behind the question was "what if." It's a hypothetical question. That question is asked by everyone really. I have heard almost every pastor in the world ask, "do you know where you are going...heaven or hell. And if you don't here is what you need to do."
Maybe the better question might be is your name written in the Book of Life, but it is really the same question being asked here...just in a different way.
I don't think this irrelevant at all. And no, we may not ever be asked that question, but I think it was a good question because it makes people look at themselves. Then they can ask the bigger question: Am I living for God?
Good job Born Again!
Amen, Jesus did it all for us at his death, burial, and resurrection. He stil wants us to be obedient to his commandments though. I rejoice because my name is written in the book of life.
Amen Charlie! Pastor: James 2:10! Did Christ die in vain?
I would say Lord, I received your Son as my Savior. I tried my best to live for Him. I asked Jesus into my life and He helped me gain wisdom and salvation.
We all are sons/daughters of God like Jesus was. So we all have to be answerable to God for all our bad as well as good actions and lift our cross with courage, even to face Hell. If Jesus did it bravely, why can't we ? We have to be our own savior.
harish--- you are clearly not a Christian nor a son of God. your father may be a god but he is NOT THE God , Creator of the UNiverse. this is not the place for your false doctrine
celafoe, as humans we all are equal before God irrespective of religions. This much I want to say. If as humans we can not love one another, how can we love God ?
We must prepare ourself prior to going there...like now! Do what he requires of us...now! So that we will know where we are headed. Yes! He forgave our sins..but the same ppl are committing the same sins every day and not repenting (changing). Therefore their soul/spirit is unclean in his sight. It is written Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. St Matthew 4:4....I REFUSE TO GO TO THE OTHER PLACE! I MUST make heaven my home. We don't want it to be said, Too late! I gave you a chance to be saved. Hell was not meant for man but the devil and his angels. Hell is too hot and eternity is too long. I cannot afford for God to say, Depart from me into everlasting fire. St Matthew 25.....Lord Jesus save my soul!! I want to live a clean, holy, saved and righteous life so I can go back with you when you come for the righteous. Don't let me be left out Jesus. What must I do to be saved? Obey Acts 2:38
I'd say "God-dude. I'm not so sure I want to get into heaven. Considering all those crazy Christians on earth when I was alive; all the killing they did and all the people they murdered senselessly. Not to mention the children they molested. I had 65 years of that non-sense so maybe you could send me to the other place. I figure I'd have a better shot at happiness in eternity there with people a whole lot less evil."
Well terced, i can agree with you that if the people on earth who said they were Christians went to heaven with that same attitude that they exhibited on earth then I would not want to be there either. However, Jesus said you must be born again!
just because one claims to be a Christian does not make him one, we are to know them by their fruit. the type of people you mentioned are not children of the God that created all things, they serve a false god
I wouldn't dear answer.......I know how I have lived my life and there would absolutely be no excuse for it. Whether good or bad I'm no dummy and was in the know when it came to what I was doing. I would respect his judgement for heaven belongs to him and he should know if I am deserving of it. Mind games really don't get you anywhere, do as you know you must, especially if you believe in and respect "God"....caio
Why would "god" do that? Theres no way i want to believe in something that will do that to me.
I am pretty sure he would know what all deeds I did while living and maybe he is asking me to justify myself....I would tell him to check on my References i.e all the souls I have touched and hurt in my lifetime. That would help me to gauge myself as well.
Which deeds would you like God to forget. He does promise He would forget some of them>
I would not plead before God, rather I would accept His verdict. Since He is omniscient, He does not need witnesses, proof and all that a mortal judge on earth asks for. I will bear my cross myself for my sins and never bother the great Christ.
how foolish of you. and if i gave you a new rolls royce , would you keep the key in your pocket and never drive and accept it either? His joy is to freely give us forgiveness for everything if we ask and accept
I would politely disagree with the premise of the question.
Because God will never ask that question and this is why.
All true love is unconditional. God's love is the highest form and is totally unconditional. He has always been with you and knows more about you than you know about yourself. You may have questions, but he does not.
He would open "his arms" and "hug you" and welcome you in. No words are necessary.
Your are imperfect because of his divine will and he knows that.
He will fix you up like a mother finding her lost child. God's love is more powerful than any mother's love.
Your dog will always welcome you home. It will lick you while wagging it's tail with joy. God's love is even more powerful than that dog's love.
This should be good news about God and you. However, many will reject this because they cannot fathom that God's unconditional love is far greater than that dog's love or that mother's love. He is actually the source of that dog's love and that mother's love.
God always likes the best for you and he will never ask that ungodly question. Have faith your loving God.
I do not know if God would ask that question or any question like it. I do know He sent His Son for a reason though and that people should honor the Son as they Honor the Father. I do know that!
Entry into the eternal kingdom of God is only for those whose namesare written in the Lamb;s book of life and when it is opened it is too late to ask questions it is already settled
Why is it, that you think, that you, or anyone else, was or is, be it for one moment, not in "heaven"?
"Being in heaven", "being a part of the whole".
Why do we believe in our separation from God?
With all due respect:
If we would really feel connected towards the whole, we wouldn't ask these kind of questions.
I'd say: It's me Dad, Dave, open the door! and He would say "Dave? Dave's not here!" and I would say: Dad, it's ME Dave. Let me in! and he would say: "No, Dave's not here." We do this take on Cheech and Chong all the time. After an hour or so (during which time, there was silence in heaven) He let's me in, and Mom makes hot cocoa.
There really isn't an answer that would make Him let you into Heaven. We aren't allowed into Heaven because we are good, or we have touched people, or even if we prayed every single day, thinking it would let us live forever. Heaven is a gift. an amazing gift. Jesus died for our sins so we could recieve it. We definitley are blessed to have this, and even more blessed that He wouldn't do that. I would say.... There is no reason to let me into Heaven Dad, I have sinned and I am sorry, please forgive me Lord, but I DO wish to spend forever with You and what You have planned for me
I would say, "I'm not worthy, but thank you for your mercy and redemption on my life." Knowing my shortcomings were paid for by the work of Jesus.
Enter into the joy of your Master, is what I think he will say to you LV.
As Jesus faced his cross with grace, I have to do the same. I have to own up fruits of my good and evil deeds myself.I would not hand over my cross to Jesus as it would be just cowardice and selfishness. Rather I would ask God for a fair trial of me.
harish-- enough of your foolishness go somewhere else to spread your false doctrunes
celafoe, to call something good or bad is the domain of God, we mortals are not good judges, we had crucified Jesus for his ideas.
My fiancee and I are going through marriage counseling and this was the VERY first question our pastor asked us!!
I was literally dumbfounded!!! It took me a good 2 or 3 minutes before I knew what to say!
Then I said something like, “Because I love you. . . .” Smh.
And then I think I said, “Because I have a relationship with you and accept you as my Personal Lord and Savoir. And know you died on the cross for my sins. I've turned away from my sins and no longer wish to be the person I used to be. ”
And then broke down.
I would say...
"I truly understand Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I know He came to the Earth to deliver me from sin. I know He is the Son of God. I know the only way to get to the Father is through His Son, Jesus Christ. I want to please Him. I know the awesome things He has done for me. I know when He rescued me. I remember when He asked me who I was with? I remember exactly what I said. He told me to tell Him where I went wrong. He told me to tell Him how I feel. He told me I was forgiven for my sin. He told me He loved me. I know I am learning. I know I will never know everything. I know God is always above me. I know I am always below Him. I want good things for the world. I want them to understand. I know all of the things Jesus has taught me throughout the years. I love Him in my heart. He is so good to me. He gives me everything I want. I understand He expects me to patient. He tells me when I am happy with my life and I know truth, that is good. He knows my life has not been easy. He knows how much pain I have. He understands when I do not know what to do, I ask Him for help. He tells me happy things so I will stay strong. He tells me He is sorry that I have to experience sadness. He tells me He is proud of me. He tells me I understand who He is. He tells me He wants me to help Him. He has many things to show me, many things I do not know. He says Earth is for learning. Heaven is for understanding. I am a Christian. I try to go to church. I want to learn more about who I am. I want to know truth.
Can I please enter Heaven now? I have waited so long to see the face of Jesus Christ. I know who He is and I want to thank HIm."
God, Heaven, Hell, Judgement Day, Eternal Life, Punishment and so on, we have made such a complex jargon of these elusive words around us that we live our lives in a very miserable way. If one believes that God has given us this life on earth, what should one do with it. Should he keep pondering about afterlife instead of making the best of the present life with all his heart and mind. Even this life is uncertain, one minute, one hour, some months , some years and even this is spent with hardship, poverty, tension, problems, diseases and so on plus some happy moments, comforts, luxuries for some fortunate ones. So whatever a little solace or pleasure can be extracted out of this uncertain and fleeting life, we deprive it by delving on the abstract ideas that is after life, liberation. Eternal life that I have mentioned above. So, keeping in mind the above all aspects of my existence, I will ask God- I have spent my life to the best of my thinking, to the best of my efforts, to the best of my abilities. Though I tried my best to adhere to whatever good is spread in he holy texts with the best utilization of my wisdom bestowed upon me by You, I have committed some wrongs too, I have deviated from the path highlighted in sacred literature but this has occurred due to my ignorance and in the course of my persistent struggle to survive despite odds. When I prayed and asked for something, sometimes you blessed me with it, yet sometimes you kept silent. I also prayed to you to give me such an insight to know you with my logic, reading, reflection, meditation and sheer earnestness. Sometimes I was stirred by You, yet sometimes, You caused a vacuum and left me bewildered. As of today, I am uncertain of either Heaven or Hell, right or wrong, sin or noble work. Whatever mindset was provided by you, I utilized it and harnessed it to the maximum. At the same time, I took extra care not to hurt anyone with either my word or action. What help I could have extended to the needy, I did it. I tried to behave with my family members in a decent manner but sometimes they suffered on account of my rage too. If I try to evaluate my self in a fair manner, I would say that I am more bad than good. I am 100 % certain that I am not 100% good that is a perfect man and to be a fit person to enjoy all pleasures in Heaven, Father, when you have made a Hell besides Heaven and a majority of people are bound to be sent there, please make it in tandem with the degree of sins of humans.
but you can never be worthy, when you finally are willing TO SUBMIT TOTALLY TO God and do things His way ,you can then be born again through the blood of Jesus and become a citizen of His Kingdom. there is NO OTHER WAY
Celafoe, so divine is your answer that nothing can be said beyond that. Love your soul and words of wisdom so comforting, dear !
right celafoe because god will forgave us if we will do the things his way and u can born again.
thank you for that comment celafoe.
We can only say because Jesus died on the cross for me, we cannot do anything to "deserve" it
I don't deserve Heaven, yet. I have not yet been enough like your son, Jesus. I have not performed enough miracles, displayed enough anonymous love and generosity, given enough of my time to helping others.
One thing I have learned this life is that "following Christ" is much more than merely mouthing the words. Faith without action is emptiness. And I have not been active enough.
The only way He can let me into Heaven is if I do His will. Heaven is the place where God's will is done perfectly. If I don't learn this here I can't live there.
I understand a little bit about God with us in terms of relationships: since Adam and Eve we have been given a chance to obey, but didn't. The ten commandments are an easy form to figure out God's will.
When Jesus came and told us how to obey he summed up the ten commandments in two and then showed us how to follow God' will. Even at Gethsemane: Father, not my will, but Yours. And there, also, He gave us the example that we must have established communication with God - constant prayer- to know His will.
The one man whom we know is in Heaven by Jesus' own words was a thief all his life, but at the end he did the will of God: he recognized his sin, he recognized Jesus as God, put his brother in his place by defending the Innocent One and asked for mercy. He fixed his relationship with God - even if at the last minute - and bent his own will to that of God's.
I pray God will have mercy on all of us in this forum and on my soul and we learn how to do His will while we live here, so to do it perfectly in Heaven.
My response? I suppose that my response would be one of sadness, humility, and thankfulness all at the same time. My answer would probably come out in the form of, "As myself, I shouldn't be allowed to go into Heaven. I shouldn't even be able to be seeing You right now and I shouldn't even have this opportunity to answer You. But because You sacrificed Your son for my sins, because You love the world so much, because You love and want me, You are allowing me to do so. Since You have done these things and infinitely more, I am able to enter Heaven. Because of Your never ending love, Your gentle, tender kindness, and Your son, who sits at Your right hand." This I feel would be the most honest answer I could possibly give.
I would tell Him that I tried. I would realise that I could have done better and would apologise for my wrong-doings. I would ask for another chance -with His Grace - to make amends. Deep down I would know that He knows all this, and would have been conscious of my efforts anyway.
About heaven, after giving the necessary account of the way I lived. I would most certainly leave it up to Him to decide.
I have placed my faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. His blood has washed away my sins and only because of Him can I enter Heaven!
Father, based on my own merites and efforts I don't deserve the right to enter your Kingdom. However, I put my faith in your son Jesus Christ because He took my sins with Him when He was nailed to the cross. In exchange for my sins He gave me grace and through faith I received it. So Father, it is not anything I could have done to obtain the right to enter your Kingdom. It is what Your Son did for me.
Um...well seeing as how you're supposed to be all...um knowing and stuff...and I like uh...heard sum Kristyun say u created me for whatever your purpose was...then I'd probably say something like..."Hmmmm...being that you know everything already I should probably ask you um god dude...whatdya think...?...or..."Pfffffffff...are you serious?
...I'd be so very screwed.
Matter of fact, I'm pretty sure I'm boned regardless on this front.
I'd say - "By your life, death and resurrection Lord Jesus, heaven's gate has been opened to all who have eyes that see and ears that hear. I heard your invitation for me to come in and I simply have to accept your invitation not by mere words nor by my mere intellect or body but by my moment to moment inner surrender . . . carrying my own cross willingly and cheerfully yet discerningly and guided by your wisdom unto my own life, death and resurrection- through daily grind, knowing fully well this life is a gift from you."
"Wherever I recognize of your Holy Spirit's presence, and that is everywhere . . . heaven is here. And every time I become aware of your coming and that is all the time since your Spirit is not bound by time . .. heaven opens. It is heaven every time I allow to be graced and to be led by your unconditional love, pure joy, healing and true peace; loving myself as I am and every creation as they are without pre-judgments and conditions. Heaven is here and now every time my thoughts, emotions and actions are aligned with your divine will."
"With you speaking now Lord, I am in heaven. Your presence and words are heaven. I have an inner knowing Lord Jesus because you said so: '... behold the kIngdom of God is within you.' (Lk. 17:21)"
Lord I have given my life to you, accepted you as my one and only Savior I believed in you and believe and trust in your word.
I would say to 'God:' "What is this, you running some kind of exclusive night club? Are you checking out whether I'm 'cool' enough to get in? I am very, very, very disappointed in you, O Lord! Very disappointed!"
That is exactly what I would say. Cross my heart!
He wouldn't ask (because He knows "ALL")! He would do as He does - LOOK AT MY HEART!
Wow I wonder if anyone that answered this question 5 years ago are still around.
To answer the question I would say...that I have been there and done that and was asked nothing and was shown compassion and love throughout my whole ordeal. People just do not read Jesus and what he told all of us. He said The Kingdom of God is within us and all the laws are also within our hearts and minds and to be careful with our thoughts and love one another and do unto others as we would want them to do unto us. God is not OUTSIDE of us. We are all part of each other. All the answers that we seek are within us. Ask and you shall recieve, seek and you shall find.
I am glad to finally meet a huber with the right question on this subject, because it is based on his invite as you recognize in the first part of the question , people
Seem to think they have access to the Heavenly Realms of God, we do not, Jehovah and Jesus are spirit bodies who would have to change humans from
Flesh to spirit bodies.
But as written good people before Jesus arrived on earth was not in heaven, notice Jesus words ,
Joh 3:13 Moreover, no man has ascended into heaven but the one who descended from heaven, the Son of man.
Who were the good people, Enoch, Noah , David, Job, Ester, John the Baptist, Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Esau,
Hanah, Samuel, many more ,
But Jesus said no man had been to heaven as you see here stated.
Martha when Lazerus died said these words
Joh 11:24 Martha said to him: “I know he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.”
She said these words to Jesus because she was in the presence of Gods son who knows all truth.
So did Jesus say she was wrong, no , what did he do
Return his life force back from his grave site, he did not come from heavens in a cloud no he was still wrapped in cloth from his grave.
The point is humans are certainly dependent on Jehovah and Jesus where they will in the future.
Re 1:18 and the living one, and I became dead, but look! I am living forever and ever, and I have the keys of death and of the Grave.
Whats very interesting is this scripture !
Lu 11:52“Woe to you who are versed in the Law, because you took away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not go in, and you hinder those going in!” being versed or knowing the bible does not save you.
Thank GOD I live under "GRACE;" "the key of knowledge" (aka HOLY SPIRIT) & NOT the LAW!
WORD doesn't save? "Faith comes by hearing & hearing by WORD" why HE SAID "STUDY!"
But having FAITH in TWISTED man made doctrine, u "won't enter" (Heb3
this question and most of the answers show a terrible lack of understanding of scripture. This could NOT HAPPEN. Scripture is clear, God will not ask you a question. There are NO 2nd chances when you face God. Your destination has been settled before you meet Him. He will look in the book of life and if your name is there you are admitted to His Eternal kingdom. if not you are cast into the lake of fire to destruction.
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