Am I Good Enough To Go To Heaven?

Posted: June 3, 2010 in Christianity
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Am I good enough to go to heaven? Yes, I think I am. Who goes to hell? Only bad people like Hitler, Stalin, murderers, child molesters and so on. Those are the really bad people.

Sounds reasonable, right? But by which criteria are we comparing ourselves to in order to determine if we are “good enough” to go to heaven or “bad enough” to go to hell? I’m sure everyone has different criteria. Qualification to entrance into heaven (or hell) is not based on how we compare to others or how we compare to the standards we set for ourselves. You may look pretty good to yourself, but what if you looked at your life through the eyes of one who is sinless? What if you were judged not just by your actions, but by your thoughts? If we are honest, we all must admit that our actions alone would condemn us, how much more the thoughts that run through our minds. Our “goodness” when compared to God’s standard for “good” falls far, far short.

Our big mistake is that we trivialize our sins. Have you ever lied? We may say, “Yes, but they were little white lies, nothing serious.” Have you ever stolen something? We may say, “I may have taken some post-its home from work, but they have a ton of them. One isn’t going to make any difference.” Can you see what we’re doing? We’re trivializing our crimes. What we’re saying is that what we did was of so little consequence that we can’t actually call them sins, but the bible warns, “He who says he has no sin deceives himself.”

The truth is if you’ve lied, then you are a liar. If you have stolen anything (the value of the stolen item is irrelevant), you are a thief. If you’ve looked at someone with lust, then you are an adulterer. What we need to hear is the judge’s ruling for lying and stealing and adultery. The judgment is that those who commit those sins shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. So, all liars, thieves and adulterers go to hell. You may say that you don’t believe in hell, but that’s just like a criminal saying that he doesn’t believe in prison. What we believe or don’t believe doesn’t change the outcome of God’s judgment.

If we are honest with ourselves, then we have to admit that we fall far short of God’s perfection. So what do we do? What can we do to make things right between us and God? Maybe church attendance or helping out the less fortunate. After all, good works must count for something, right? Maybe if the good things I do outweighs the bad, that will get me to heaven. No! There is nothing we can do to rid ourselves of the sins we have in our lives. Even ONE sin separates us from God. So what’s to become of us?

We must let go of our attempts to save ourselves and reach out to the One who can save us. The minute we cease our own attempts to figure out a way into heaven’s back door and instead begin having faith in Jesus and depending on Him to save us, our lives change. The bible says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not works, lest anyone boast.”

You may still wonder how a perfect and loving God could send anyone to hell. To put it plainly, He doesn’t. Sin entered the world through Adam and Eve. Because God is so just, He played by his own rules and created a plan by which we could be saved. Those who follow the plan and receive the gift He offers live, those who don’t perish. Now, it doesn’t cost anything to receive this gift. The price has been paid and it has been placed on hold for us. All we need to do is ask for it. Unfortunately, many who hear about this gift don’t take the opportunity to ask for it. God continues to call those who are unsaved and to explain the importance of this free gift of salvation, but most people scoff at the offer or outright refuse to hear anything about it. So you see, it’s our choice whether to spend eternity with God or to spend eternity in hell. OUR CHOICE!

John 3:18 says, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

We know the choices set before us. The question is, which one will we choose?

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