Are You A Good Person? Most Think They Are
"In mercy and truth atonement is provided for iniquity; and by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil." Proverbs 16:6 Atonement... Our God is different from all other so-called "gods" in that he alone provides atonement for sin. No other religion does that. All other religions teach that the way to heaven is to do good. But the Bible tells us a story far different. The Word of God tells us NO ONE will be saved that way: "Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in his sight..." Romans 3:20 Why is that? Because no one can be good ENOUGH. All are guilty of sin, and the Word of God tells us that no one is going to get to heaven by performing the deeds of the law of God, because all have sinned. No one is going to get to heaven by being a "good" person. And that's because the sin element is not addressed, and it has to be. "For the wages of sin is death..." Romans 6:23 You can't go to heaven with judgment upon you, the wages of your sin. If you are defiled with sin, you simply will not be received in heaven. So you ask, therefore, "well who can enter heaven then?" The answer is no one. No sinner enters heaven. And whether you admit it or not, you ARE a sinner. "...for ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23 All have sinned, and no one with sin can enter heaven. Satan has created all false religions to say that all "good" people go to heaven. It is heresy. It is a lie from the pits of hell. Satan is a liar, and the father of it. And to damn people he lies to them. He tells them they must be good if they want to get to heaven - which keeps people from heaven. "When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it." John 8:44 The problem is that no one is "good." "...they are all under sin. As it is written: 'There is none righteous, no, not one;'" Romans 3:9-10 "Good" is not relative. You are not "good" because you are better than someone else. If you see someone committing adultery, do you look with disgust and pat yourself on the back because you would never do that? You see a murderer and you pat yourself on the back because you would never do that. Because there are things you would never do, you convince yourself you are "good." You give money to charity, you attend church every Sunday, you teach your children right from wrong, and so you consider yourself "good." You're lying to yourself, folks. There is not one "good" in the eyes of God, no, not one, because all are under sin. If a man stands before a judge convicted of rape and murder, it's not going to matter one wit to the judge if the man tells him the good things he has done. He's there because he has committed crimes. If he has given money to charity, if he has been a help to a neighbor, whatever good he might have done is NOT going to be of any interest to the judge. He is guilty and condemned. But … Let's say someone comes before the judge and tells the judge that he volunteers to bear the punishment for this sinner. Let's say the judge allows it. Then the rapist and murderer - in the eyes of the law - can go free, because the judgment on his crimes has been taken by someone else. That's exactly what Jesus Christ has done for YOU. Jesus Christ came to this earth to become the atonement for sinners. He took upon himself the judgment due on their sins. He was mercilessly tortured and crucified as he bore the judgment of every sinner who will receive him. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 There must be something terrible to be avoided, if it cost the Savior such a terrible price. If you belong to a religion that tells you to just do good things and you'll be ok, FLEE from that religion. If you belong to a religion that offers you forgiveness if you follow rites and rituals, FLEE from that religion. It won't work because it's a lie. You are a sinner, and there is judgment due. God did not author all those multitudes of religions, that was the work of Satan who seeks to keep man from salvation. There is only ONE way to heaven, and that is to be saved by the Blood of the Lamb, the lamb that was slaughtered as the atonement for your sin, who took the judgment in your place. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father exceptthroughme. John 14:6 God says there is NO other way. "He paid a debt he did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay." Pray with me: Lord God, I've tried to be a good person but the harder I try the worse I do. I realize that sin is too great for me to conquer. I need a Savior, and I've heard you have provided THE Savior. Lord Jesus Christ, you bore the judgment for my sins, and I ask you to receive me. You said that you are the only way, and I choose to believe the truth of that. Come and be the Lord of my life. I haven't been such a good lord over my life while I've been in charge of it, so I surrender myself and my life to you, asking you to be MY Lord and MY Savior, and I will spend all eternity thanking you for the sacrifice you were willing to pay ...for ME. More: Who Is Jesus Christ?