What if God Himself asked you, “Why should I let you into My heaven?” How would you answer? I have used that question for many years to determine someone’s understanding of salvation.
Some say, “Well, that’s a pointless question, because there is no God.” Others say, “I think God will let me into heaven. I’m basically a good person. I’ve done more good than bad.” And a few say, “I’ve got no chance to get into heaven. I could never believe God would accept me into heaven in light of some of the things I’ve done.”
Response #1: “There is no God.”
Because Christianity is about a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ, if a person doesn’t believe in God, they have no relationship with God. When death arrives, there is only eternal separation from God in hell. It is the only place that person would feel comfortable. If that person rejected God all their life, the last person they would want to spend eternity with is Him. God loves us enough to give us free will to choose or reject a relationship with Him.
Response #2: “I’ve done more good than bad.”
This is a complete misunderstanding of Christianity. The Bible says if we’re going to get to heaven by good deeds, we must be perfect. Nobody – except Jesus – is perfect. So, we need God’s grace and mercy to get in. This is received through faith. In other words, it means believing that sinless Jesus paid the penalty for all our sins. He took upon Himself the judgment we deserve through His death on the cross. That’s why His grace is so amazing. This leads to the next response.
Response #3: “No one is so bad or has done things too awful, that they can’t be forgiven through Jesus’ shed blood on the cross.”
Remember, this is why the grace of God is so awesome. Jesus died for sinners. That means He died for us all, no matter what we’ve done. No sin is stronger than the forgiveness of the cross. This is great news – good news for all. Will you believe it? Once you do, you’ll receive your ticket to heaven.