Many say,"I know I'm going to Heaven! I've been pretty good, and a loving God wouldn't send me to Hell."
Let's see some of man's thinking and reasoning.
I'm going to Heaven because...
...I obey God's laws and the 10 commandments.
It is impossible to get to heaven this way.
"For we maintain that a man is justified (made "not guilty") by faith apart from observing the law." (Romans 3:19-28)
...I do my best. ...I live a good life. ...I give to charity frequently.
These things will never save you. Only God's mercy will hold back what you deserve.
"He saved us, not because of righteous (good) things we had done, but because of His mercy." (Titus 3:5)
...I pray often. ...I am a church member. ...I attend church regularly.
We cannot be saved by works, regardless of how good or well intentioned. God saves us by His grace. Grace gives what we do not deserve.
"And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace." (Romans 11:6)
...I was baptized and receive communion.
Water baptism and communion are for those who are already saved: It is not our work that saves us, but faith and trust in Christ.
"However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness." (Romans 4:5)
...I give my 10% offering to the church. ...I do a lot of good works.
Good works cannot save anyone.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
...I was born to Christian parents.
This cannot save you.
"In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children." (Romans 9:8)
...I don't sin.
We are ALL sinners and need a Savior.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
No! None of the above things can save you. YOU can do NOTHING to earn your eternal life in heaven. It is faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ ALONE that can save you. Acts 13:39 - Through Him (Jesus) everyone who believes is justified (made "not guilty") from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.
The way to eternal life in heaven is NOT found in what we do ourselves, but by having a perfect righteousness given to us. We receive this when we believe the Lord Jesus Christ took our sins on Himself and paid for them by His death on the cross 2,000 years ago. 2 Corinthians 5:21 - God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
You do NOT receive eternal life in heaven by working for it or trying to make yourself behave perfectly. You receive it by believing the record God gave of His Son, Jesus Christ. Remember, if you disagree with these statements you are calling God a liar. 1 John 5:10,11 - Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
God permits man's destiny to depend on man's choice. Your destiny and your choice! John 3:18 - Whoever believes in Him (Jesus Christ) is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, repent of your sins and you will NOT be condemned to hell. You WILL go to heaven… forever. Praise God for that.