There are many different religions in this world, most of which aim to make people better – all by sheer willpower. Oftentimes, this route leaves people feeling like failures and stuck in a never-ending cycle of striving.
“I’m a good person, why can’t I enter Heaven? I didn’t kill anyone, I deserve to be in paradise after I die…” is a commonly held belief that gives way for the following questions –
can we really become perfect and reach Heaven by our own works or willpower? Will it be sufficient?
When it comes to Christianity, people tend to justify why they don’t believe in Jesus Christ or find a need for Him. However, there is a reason why we became Christians:
we found answers to these important questions in the Bible.
The 3 Common Objections
“I Can Enter Heaven, Because I’m A Good Person”:
God’s standards and human standards are two different things.
Scripture says: “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all” James 2:10.
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
According to the Bible verses mentioned above, God’s standard concerning righteous living is so high, that even if a person steals one time, has one foolish thought, or has a lustful thought once, he has become a transgressor of the law and will not enter heaven because of it.
So, we clearly see, that a man cannot claim he is good – not according to God’s standard.
“How much less man, who is abominable and filthy, Who drinks iniquity like water!” Job 15:16. And another verse says: “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Isaiah 64:6.
Our good deeds can’t save us. We can only enter the Kingdom of God based on our belief in Jesus Christ.
Jesus makes us righteous.
There is an analogy that Bill Wiese gave: “To say you can go to Heaven because you are good is the same as if you would have found the most expensive house, then get there and claim to live there because of your goodness. That is nonsense. What do you think people would say? You don’t know them and wouldn’t expect them to let you move in because you have no relationship with them. However, you go through life by yourself, wanting nothing to do with God, denying Jesus as the son of God, and then expect to enter heaven only because you are a good person. What does good have to do with it, you don’t know Him?”
God is your Creator, but the moment you believe in Him, He becomes your father. “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26.
“All Roads Lead to Heaven”:
People think Christians are narrow-minded because they believe that there is only one way – Jesus.
Bill Wiese gave another analogy to object to this kind of thinking:
“Imagine your friend invited you for dinner and said: “Bill, I want you to go South on Highway 95, turn right at Main Street, go up the hill and you will come to my house”, but you decided to go North on 95 because you wanted to. The same applies to Christianity. God gave us clear directions on how to reach His house, but if you refuse, do you think you will end up in the right place? All people above the age of accountability are automatically on the road to hell, as John 3: 17-18 says: “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 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.”
God is not sending anyone to hell. All we have to do is to look up to His cross and He will take us off that road.
“Can’t God Just Overlook My Sins?”:
Can a good judge let the criminal go unpunished?
God is the righteous judge. Our sin must be punished, but Jesus took the punishment for us. You can either let Him take it or you can take it.
God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). His nature is different than ours. For example, If you stuck your fingers into the fire, it would burn, and it wouldn’t be a surprise. The same is with God. Sin and Him are not compatible that’s why Jesus lived a perfect life for us and washed away our sins with His blood.
So, if we trust in what Jesus did for us, not in our own works, then God considers our trust as if we are righteous. His righteousness becomes ours. He gives us a new nature that is compatible with His.
God has made a way where there was no way.
John 3:36 says: “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life, and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
How do you believe in Jesus?
The answer is in Luke 13:3: “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
To believe in Jesus is not just to mentally acknowledge that Jesus is God, but to have:
- a humble heart
- to repent
- realize we are sinners that need Jesus
The only one who can save us and help us to turn from our sins is Jesus. On our own, we cannot resist sin, but when we are born again God gives us a new nature and the ability to live for Him.
Romans 10:9 says: “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Jesus said: “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6.
If you want to live in His house, do it His way.
Jesus Is The Only Way.
He warns us that if our names are not written in the book of life, we will be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15). God does that because He loves us.
Don’t think you are too far gone, come to Him just as you are.
If you are not sure if your name is written in the Book of Life and want to repent and receive Jesus in your heart, you can pray this prayer:
“Dear God in heaven, I repent of my sins, I believe that Jesus died for my sins and rose from the dead. Come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior in Jesus’ name, amen.”
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