Can You Be Sure About Heaven?
So how do you get to heaven?
Some of the more common ones are:
All have these in common:
It's not what you do...
Despite all the opinions, the Bible tells us that no matter what you do, you will never make yourself "good enough" for heaven:
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard. - Romans 3:23*
Our sins separate us from God. There is nothing we can do to erase them. In fact, the Bible tells us that sin has a penalty:
For the wages of sin is death. - Romans 6:23a*
Because of our sin, everyone has received the death penalty from God. Without Jesus, there's no hope for anyone.
...It's who you know.
But there is hope. Let's read the whole verse this time:
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 6:23*
Good news: God has made a way to heaven! The Bible tells us God loves you so much he sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, to save you:
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16*
Jesus Christ has provided the way for us. In fact, He is the way. Believing in Jesus is the only way to escape death and the only way to heaven,
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. - Galatians 2:20*
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own. - 1 Corinthians 6:19*
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. - Romans 10:9-10*
Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give fruit from the tree of life in the paradise of God. - Revelation 2:7*
For you are to be his witness, telling everyone what you have seen and heard. What are you waiting for? Get up and be baptized. Have your sins washed away by calling on the name of the Lord. - Acts 22:15-16*