Are You A Good Person?
Most people think they are a good person but the question we ultimately need to ask is “am I good enough to go to heaven?” According to the God's Law, we all do bad (Romans 3:10-18,23, 5:12,7:14-25, Isaiah 64:6, 1 John 1:8,9) and have a death sentence hanging over us which is spiritual (Ezekiel 18:1-32, John 8:24, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:14-15). Our only remedy is Jesus Christ (John 3:16, 1 Cor. 15:1-8, Ephesians 2:1-22, Colossians 1:21-23). We will all be judged (Acts 17:30-31, Hebrews 4:13, 9:27) by God's law, essentially the 10 commandments (Romans 2:12, James 2:10-11). We violated God’s Law and therefore brought upon ourselves the death penalty--in this life and in the next. However, Jesus Christ suffered and died to satisfy the demands of a holy Law that we might be justified (proclaimed innocent) and have everlasting life (2 Cor. 5:15-21, Galatians 2:20,21, Ephesians 2:1-22, Colossians 1:13,14, Titus 2:14). Our case can be dismissed but those who do not repent and trust in Christ will get what they asked for, God will leave them in their sin (hell). These people will curse God and sin for the rest of eternity (physical death doesn't neccesarily mean a soul can't sin, although the Bible says there will be no sin in heaven). The Bible says God, who is infinitely worthy, has revealed Himself to everyone (Romans 1:18-32, Titus 2:11) and we will all be without excuse (Romans 1:18-32).
“Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'”
- Matthew 7:21-23
If we could be good enough, Jesus wouldn't have had to be tortured and killed for our sins.
“...For if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
- Galatians 2:21
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.”
- Ephesians 2:8,9
“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done...”
- Titus 3:5
The Bible is very clear on this point and there are a lot more Scriptures that make this clear. God always required a sacrifice be made for disobedience, ever since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:21). These sacrifices pointed to the “ultimate sacrifice” in Jesus Christ. Jesus has done everything at the cross, forgiving all of your sins (past, present and future) and it is truly Good News!
“I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins (John 8:24).”
Don't miss out on eternity with Him. You're better safe than sorry. Please think about this. The Bible says that most people will end up in hell (Matthew 7:13-14, Matthew 7:22, Matthew 22:14, Luke 13:23,24, 1 Peter 4:18). Please make sure you're not one of them.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
- Matthew 7:13-14
Why only a few? Is God keeping a secret and hiding Himself? No, He has revealed Himself to everyone, and He has given everyone enough grace to accept Him for He is just, but we are full of sin and naturally rebellious to God. He will never put people in hell but people can ignorantly choose their sins over God and be in hell by choice. He has given us free will so we are free to choose. God is perfectly holy and lives in unapproachable light. He has revealed Himself through His creation, He came to earth (Jesus Christ) and gave us His Word... Did you know that all of Christ's disciples knew Jesus was God, so they all continued preaching after His death until all but one disciple was killed for their faith? Even he (John) is said to have been tortured by being thrown into boiling oil. You are only hearing this Good News because many people were tortured and killed so that you could hear it. God has given you a lifetime of chances as He has revealed Himself to you. If you do not know the God who created you and have a personal relationship with him, this may not all make sense, but I encourage you to change that right now and take a step in the right direction. God loves you more than you could ever imagine and He has been waiting for you to open the door and let him into your life. You must first accept the forgiveness that Jesus provides through His death on the cross. He was the perfect sacrifice, which allows you to come to have a relationship with Him.
Isaiah 57:15 says, “For this is what the high and lofty One says - he who lives forever, whose name is Holy: 'I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
Here is a prayer that you can pray so that you can decide this moment to ask God to forgive you for all of your sins and you can begin to have a relationship with Him. There is nothing “magic” about these particular words — it is the attitude of your heart that God cares about. When you are truly converted, God will radically transform you from the inside out. You will think and feel differently as you learn to trust and obey Him. God will give you new strength through His Holy Spirit for you to live right and love Him more than anything else. You can trust God — He loves you and will always be faithful. Now please pray these words, for you might not get another chance:
“Dear God, I confess that I have sinned against you by violating your Law. I know that you are perfectly holy and righteous, and if you were to judge me now based on your Law, I would be guilty. But because you are rich in mercy and have provided a Savior, I can be forgiven through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I ask you to forgive me for all of my sins. I surrender my life to Jesus and trust Him alone for my salvation. I now turn from all of my sinful ways (tell God the sins you think of). I ask you now to change my life and be my Lord and Savior, for I have decided from this day forever, to follow you. In Jesus Name, Amen.”
Now it is essential that you find a good Bible-teaching church where you will grow in your faith with the help of others (Hebrews 10:25). Buy a Bible (if you don't have one) in a translation you can understand, for example, the New King James Version (NKJV) or the New International Version (NIV), and start to read it daily. I recommend you start in the New Testament in the book of John. Also, please let me know that you have made this decision by contacting me!
If you still think you are good enough to go to heaven, take this test: http://www.wayofthemaster.com/goodperson.shtml
Another great site is http://www.needgod.com. Please check these out, even if you are a Christian... We all need to be refreshed and hopefully you can share this with someone you know or meet.
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