If you know you are going to Hell, or if you deny there is any Heaven or Hell, we strongly urge you to consider your situation very carefully. We are convinced that Hell is a very real place. See why, and learn why you will want to avoid it at all costs. We know the topic is unpleasant, but this issue is much too important to ignore.
Beware, although most people say “yes” or “I think so” when asked “Are you going to Heaven?”, many are sadly incorrect about their ultimate destination. Most believe they qualify for Heaven because of one of the following wrong reasons.
"I'm basically a good person" (60%)
When you say you believe you are a pretty decent person, keep in mind that it is because you are comparing yourself on man's scale, not on God's. If you compare yourself to Hitler or Charles Manson, certainly you seem to be “good”. But what if you compared yourself to Mother Teresa? Most people fall somewhere in the middle of these two extremes.
The Bible teaches that no one is good (Romans 3:10). Not you. Not me. Not Mother Teresa. Not the Catholic saints. Not even the Prophets God sent to earth in centuries past. Only God is good. (Luke 18:18-20)
Do you realize that it is impossible for a good, holy, perfect, truthful God to have in His presence anyone who has even made one mistake? Since that is the case, we have a problem: how can we come to live with a Holy God?
"I've never hurt anyone" (2% response)
Are you sure you've never hurt anyone? Have you considered the things you speak to others? Jesus warns in Matthew 5:21-22 that even being unjustly angry with someone puts you in danger of judgment. Also, how many people have you hurt because of things you failed to do?
"I've tried to keep the 10 Commandments" (5%)
First, take a look at this before answering:
What does God expect of me?
Now can you honestly say you've never lied--even a “little white lie”? Never stolen--even just a paper clip? Perhaps you've never committed adultery in the physical act, but did you know that Jesus said that lusting after someone is the same to God?
If you've broken even just one law one time, that makes you a lawbreaker. If you will listen, your own conscience will tell you that you are certainly a law breaker.
"I go to church" (8%)
Going to church is a good thing. (See » Why should Christians go to church? and » How can I find a good church?) But if you think that just going to church is good enough to earn your way to heaven, take a look at Romans 3:27 and Ephesians 2:8. These passages are clear that nothing we can do on earth (like trying to go to church to gain merit with God) can make us righteous in His never-failing sight.
Jesus had strong words for the Pharisees of His day. They tried to merit favor with God by acting religious. But Jesus called them "a brood of vipers". See also Matthew 9:11, 12:39, 16:1-4; Luke 7:39, 18:11.
"I believe in God" (10%)
Perhaps you think that belief in God is good enough to get you to heaven. But consider this: since Satan and his demons believe that God is real, does that mean they too will be in heaven? (James 2:19) See also Romans 1:20.
"I've done the best I could" (15%)
Maybe you have tried to do the right thing for the most part. You've made some mistakes, and if God weighs your good deeds vs. your bad deeds, you hope you will come out ok. Again, we have the problem that if you have only sinned once in your life, you've still broken God's law and are a lawbreaker. God sees our righteousness as "filthy rags". When we think of God's standard of holiness, we don't even come close! (See » How good is good enough?)
We have all broken God's laws and stand guilty before a holy God.
Just as a human judge must enforce justice and punish evildoers, God, who is completely just, holy and righteous, must also punish sin.
What is the answer?
When this life is over, we will each stand before God on Judgment Day and give an account for our life. No matter how good we tried to be, our best efforts will all be as “filthy rags” in God's sight, that is, if the sin separating us from God has not been removed.
God, who is holy and just, and therefore must punish sin, is also loving and merciful and does not want to punish us.
To solve this problem, God sent His only Son Jesus Christ as God incarnate, fully God and fully man, to pay our sin debt for us.
A fellow sinner could never set you free from God's judgment by taking your penalty on himself. Only Jesus could qualify to do that.
With the sentence of death upon us, 2,000 years ago, God came in the flesh, stepped into our courtroom, and paid our sin debt Himself. Like a compassionate judge giving his own life to save the guilty, Jesus Christ took upon Himself the sins of the world - the just dying for the unjust.
This GIFT is absolutely FREE. Like any other true gift, it is not earned or deserved.
The gift of eternal life is received by faith.
Realizing that we cannot save ourselves, and that we deserve God's judgment for our sins, we come to Him by faith. With a heart willing to obey God, fully dependent upon Him, we place our faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
"For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast."
You can receive the gift of eternal life right now.
How can I be sure of my salvation? Answer