Heaven doesn’t accept “good” people. While this may seem like an outrageous statement let me explain to you what I mean. There have been many times in my life where I have encountered people and stories of people who reject the Word of God because they are convinced that they don’t need God, they are already good people. They are involved in many great events and charities and therefore do not see a need for God in their lives.
These “Good” people while they may be even nicer or do more good for the world than some Christians ever will, the truth of the matter is that the imperfect Christian who may not be as nice or do as much will enter heaven before any “good” person who does not accept and make Jesus Lord of their lives.
But that isn’t fair! Heaven is supposed to be for good people!
Technically you are absolutely right. Heaven is suppose to be for good people however your goodness, is not based on your view or the worlds view of what “Good” is, rather it is based on your obedience to God the Creator of everything that exists today.
We are all sinners. Even good people are sinners, everybody who has ever told a lie, cussed, lashed out in anger, lusted after women or money, was selfish or greedy is considered a sinner and has been stamped imperfect, and must pay the penalty for their sins, which is death. (simply put Hell). This of course is terrible news, and can really ruin your day, but it doesn’t end there.
You see God knew that we were imperfect, and He in His unfathomable love for us sent His only Son Jesus Christ as the ultimate sacrifice to die on the cross for our sins. It is because of this act that we are able to call out to Jesus Christ, make Him our Lord and Savior, and be set free from our sins and the penalty that is associated for it.
John 3:16-17 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him”
When we ask Jesus into our lives as our Lord and Savior and we repent and turn from our sinful lifestyle, we become His children and therefore through Jesus we are righteous in the eyes of God. We are called to live a life after Christ, which is full of love, selflessness, generosity and all other acts that would be looked at as things that a “Good” person would do.
Why is it necessary that we accept Jesus?
We can learn from the Word of God (Bible) that the root of all sin is pride. Pride is the act of making yourself more important than others, or concentrating on how good and above others you feel you are. When we choose to do “good” things and reject Jesus Christ, we are basically telling Jesus Christ that we don’t need His help, that we are better off without Him, and we are already able to do enough good on our own.
We are essentially esteeming our ability and good works above what Christ can do for us and what He can offer us. It is literally like slapping Christ in the face after He came, took your punishment for your sins from you and then died on the cross so that you were saved from having to pay the penalty yourself.
Heaven is for good people, but only for good people who have accepted Christ and have been set free from having to pay the penalty for their sins which is eternal death (Hell).
There has got to be another way!
Some of you may not be convinced that Jesus is the only way to Heaven, and may be convinced that there has to be another way to heaven. Being “good” has to count for something right?
Well I just want to leave you with this thought. The Word of God tells us that Jesus was tortured and beaten so badly that He was unrecognizable as a human being. That was before He was brutally nailed to the cross and left to die a slow and painful death. Now if you were in the shoes of Christ, and you knew there was another way to save these people from hell, would you go through with this kind of torture?
The answer would definitely be NO!. The truth of the matter is that there was and is no other way that we can be saved from our sins but through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. I pray today that you would humble yourself before God and that you would accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.