Many people today live under the fallacy that if they live a “good” life, don’t hurt anybody, and are just genuinely good people, then they will spend eternity in Heaven with God. The first problem with that is, who is the judge of what’s good enough? If that theory worked, it would be mayhem. Everybody would get to set their own limits for what’s good and what’s bad.
The Bible tells us that God has said what’s good enough. And we cannot attain it. Nobody could. Because we are all inherently sinful, we cannot attain the standard by which God says is good enough, and that separates us from Him. Forever. (Romans 3:23). And you don’t even have to be a terrible person by the world’s standards. But we aren’t talking about the world’s standards. God made the world, and we go by His standards. He is perfect and Holy. Because of our sin, as small as it may seem to you right now (I say that because at first it did to me, too), we couldn’t approach a perfect, Holy God and survive.
So what can we do? Well, we can’t be good enough. We can’t do enough good things to make up for the bad things. We just can’t. It’s a pretty good thing that this perfect, Holy God is a loving God, full of grace and love. He made a way for use to be reconciled to him. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
He sent his son, Jesus, who was fully God, yet fully man, to die for us an excruciating sinner’s death, even though he had lived a sinless life. The Israelites used to sacrifice a perfect lamb per family every year to make the payment for their sins. Jesus became our perfect lamb, our sacrifice to pay for our sins once and for all, for all who would believe. (Romans 5:8).
When he died on that cross, all the sin debts of those who would believe in him were transferred to his account so that before the eyes of God, we are blameless. (Colossians 2:14).
So what does it require of you? “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9).
Are you ready to give up the only life and put on a new life in Christ? Simply pray a simple prayer based on confessing the above–that Jesus is now Lord of your life, he is the son of God, raised from the dead.
If you have just done that for the very first time (or for the first time in a very long time), then I highly recommend you find a local church, and get yourself a Bible. Start reading with the book of John.
This is just your starting point, and that’s why it’s vital to find a local church to plug in to. (I’d be happy to help with suggestions on what to look for in a church if you give me a shout.) Once we ask Jesus to be our savior, he asks us to give our lives to him, to change from our old ways and become new creations. Please don’t do this all alone. Find a good church!
Have any questions? Fire away!