Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Are You Good Enough For Heaven?

Are you good enough for heaven?
How good do you have to be?
Go to www.thegoodtest.net
and take the test to see!

If you were to give yourself a grade on keeping the 10 Commandments, on a scale of 1-10, what grade would you give yourself?
Have you ever hated someone? How about being angry with your parents? Have you ever taken something that belongs to someone else? What about taking God's name in vain or not using it in a holy way? Is there something you love more than God? What does your check book and calendar say about how you use your money and time? What is most important to you? Have you ever told a lie or been deceitful? Cheated in any games? How about cheating on tests? Do you value others as much or more than yourself? Have you always honored your mom and dad? The Bible says that if we break one commandment, we have broken all of them. The two great Commandments are: 1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and strength, and 2. Love your neighbor as yourself. Those are hard to do all the time. Actually, they are impossible. The reason they are impossible is because we don't have the right kind of heart to do them. Our heart is self-centered and self-serving. We love ourselves more than any body else. We need a new heart.
How do we get a new heart? First, we have to understand our sin. Sin is not only the bad things that we do, but it is what we are. God did not make us to be sinners. We became sinners when Adam and Eve first sinned in the Garden of Eden. After that their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren all have sinned. No person born from them has been without sin. Very sad.
Our sins need to be forgiven if we are to have a right relationship with God. Because God sent His Son to die in our place, we can now have the forgiveness for our sins. When Jesus died on the Cross, God put all our sin on Him. He took the punishment for our sins, that we deserved. But it gets better. He not only can take away our sins, but now He can give us a new heart. We don't have to live selfish lives any more. God can give us the power to live a holy life. After Jesus died, He was put in a tomb, then three days later he came back to life. We call this the Resurrection. Jesus is alive today and is in heaven praying for His people. He will come back one day and take all His people to be with Him forever. The key is, are you one of His people? Do you belong to Him? Will you go with Him to heaven when He comes back, or will you be left behind and await God's Judgment that will come to every person that has ever been born?

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