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Going To Heaven?

Updated on January 15, 2016

Why I'm making this page about going to heaven (or eternal salvation)


I'm making this page about going to heaven (eternal salvation) first of all because it is of vital importance due to the uncertainty of life(We never know what can happen [a car accident, a heart attack, etc.] and we are not promised another day or another minute) and the imminence of the rapture (Jesus could return at any minute).

2ndly I'm making this page about going to heaven because there is a lot of confusion on this subject today both in the world and in many Churches. Some say we cannot know in this life whether or not we are saved and going to heaven. Yet the Bible clearly says in I John 5:13 "These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, THAT YOU MAY KNOW that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the son of God. Why, then is there so much uncertainty?

Before I get into the basics of salvation, I have posted 3 polls below. Please answer the three questions to the best of your knowledge before moving on. Thanks.

Question #1: Are you a Christian?

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Question

This is another area where there is a lot of confusion In and out of Christendom today. Please don't feel offended if you are of another religion. In that case just answer with the 2nd option.

Are you a Christian?

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Where are you going?

It is of utmost importance to know where you will spend eternity. There is no promise of tomorrow. You could die or the rapture could come. Then where would you be?

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Question #2 (The big one) :

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Going to heaven-?

ARE YOU GOING TO HEAVEN?

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Question #3: (just for fun...)

What is a Christian?
What is a Christian?

A Christian is someone who....

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1. Why you need salvation:

Sin separates us from God.

Before you can appreciate the gift you must see your need for it. The Bible tells us that we are all sinners and bound for hell.

"All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned every one to his own way." (Isaiah 53:6)

"For All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) The word for "sin" in the original Greek is an archery term, meaning literally to "miss the mark". No matter how good we think we are (how close we may think we come to hitting the bulls eye of God's glory), we still miss it, because we were born sinners.

"There is no one righteous, not even one" (Romans 3:10)

"All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6) Our best efforts to measure up fall short. All wrongdoing is sin "For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point is guilty of all" (James 2:10)

God loves you so
God loves you so | Source

2. But, God loves us unconditionally

"For God so loved the world the world that he gave his only begotten son,That whosover believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

"...keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgressions and sin..." (Exodus 34:7)

The word for "love" in the first verse means to be totally given over to. (See: The Greatest Love)

God's righteousness defined
God's righteousness defined

3. Yet He is righteous and cannot overlook sin.

Although God is love, He is also righteousness. Thus He cannot simply overlook sin or pardon it without a basis to do so. To simply overlook sin would be to go against His very nature.

Jesus and the Young Man of Nain
Jesus and the Young Man of Nain | Source

4. Thus, He sent His son to die for us.

WHO IS JESUS?

"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John1:1)

"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)

"And Thomas answered and said unto Him, "My Lord and my God." (John 20:28)

"..looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Chrit (Titus 2:13)

"But who do you say that I am?" (Matthew 16:15)


Jesus on the cross
Jesus on the cross | Source

WHAT HE DID:

1.Lived a perfect life and

2.Died an excruciating death

By his death on the cross, He paid for my sins and purchased a place for me in heaven.

"But He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement for our peace was upon Him." (Isaiah 53:5)

"For this is the blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." (Matthew 6:28)

"It is finished." (John 19:30) (See the lens below:)

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A gift given | Source

5. Thus, because of God's mercy and grace, heaven is God's gift to you.

It was paid for by the blood of Jesus.

You cannot earn it. "...It is the gift of God..." (Ephesians 2:8b)

All you have to do is accept it.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

6. FAITH is the only way to heaven

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved," (Acts 16:31)

"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)

"For by grace you are saved through faith and that not of yourselves; It is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

"I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) Below is an artist's conception of what it means metaphorically to be saved through Christ.

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salvation | Source

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7. True saving faith includes repentence

By now, you've probably guessed that the answer to question #3 above is that a Christian is someone who believes in Jesus. (See Acts 11:26)

But the term "believe" must be further defined. James tells us that the devils believe (Jamse 2:19) By "believe", I mean not just intellectual assent, but a hearfelt repentance of your sins and a whole-hearted trust in (reliance upon) Jesus to save you. Repentance or turning away from your old ways and faith in Jesus for salvation are inseperable. (See Acts 3: 19) For more on SEE THE FOLLOWING LINK:

Faith and Repentance.

Come to Jesus
Come to Jesus

So, come to Jesus - in true

He waits to receive you.

Turn from your sin and accept Him by faith.

"The Spirit and the bride say 'Come.'" (Rev.22:17)

EXIT POLL: - Before you go, PLEASE LET ME KNOW how this page has effected you BY VOTING IN THIS POLL:

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saved

THIS IS ME. IS IT YOU?

HAS VIEWING THIS PAGE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE?

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Just got saved? Check out these links for further resources

If you just got saved, welcome to the family. But that's not the end--it's only the beginning. it's the new birth and just like a newborn baby in the physical world, you'll need certain things to sustain you in your Spiritual life.

I'm listed here:

Any additonal thoughts? - What does the gift of salvation mean to you?

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      Conyers 2 years ago

      Action requires knoeewdgl, and now I can act!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      2000 years back, all human sins were forgiven - then who should care about sin or immorality!? They were forgiven anyway!? Just have fun! :)

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great lens brother. the polls suggest mostly christians are reading it, but maybe others are and just not doing the polls. Bless you as you spread the word on Squidoo. And also Squidoo bless you.

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      Shelly Sellers 6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I am saved from sin. It's a free gift from God. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ died in place of me for my sins and I am forgiven...forever! I am excepted into everlasting life with God, Jesus Christ, and all believers!

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      This is a really nice lens with a lot of good information on Christianity.

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Another great lens! I know I'm a Christian because I believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior and the forgiveness of sin...my life is dedicated to my Lord.

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      I have a Way of the Master lens that I'm going to lenroll this one too. Great lens!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great lense and as a Christian I agree, but where is repentence in all this? Some Christians preach that it is all about realizing we are sinners and then saying a "sinner's prayer" and then "we're in". But God says we must repent. Not just say some prayer but to realize our own personal sins against a Holy God and have remorse about those sins and repent or turn away and stop doing what we have been doing that is wrong and then commit to turn our lives over to Jesus and live for him not for ourselves.

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