Taking A Byte Out Of Lies

Do All Good People Go To Heaven?

Q: "How can God allow nice people to go to hell and bad people to go to heaven?"

A: We all know people whom we value, who seem like genuinely good, kind people. But the Bible makes it clear that even these people have sinned and fallen short of God's perfect standards.

The Truth Of The Matter

I guess we should start with the truth of the matter. What is Good? Who is good? What does one have to do to be a "Good Person"? I would bet if we asked 100 people, we would get 100 different answers. If being good to you means that you do not to get in trouble with the law, help others, and don't hurt people then this article is for you. Sounds good, but there are a few other factors. You might lie, cheat, or steal and never get caught. You may help people for your own gratification. So, I guess the question begs to be asked then, by what standard do we follow to be a "good person"? Who should make this standard? If a standard exist, would you still be a good person? I got good news for you. A standard has already been made! If we think we are a good person I suppose the next question would be, am I good enough?

There can be a huge list of things you can do for society to deem you are a good person.

  • Do Random Acts of kindness (how many?)
  • Pay a visit to a nursing home (how offten?)
  • Help your nieghbor (All the time?)
  • Give money to the needy (how much?)
  • Help out in a food kitchen (how offten?)
  • Cook for someone who is sick. (All Meals?)
  • Spread love not hate. (With a smile?)
  • The List Could Go On And On And On.....

How Do You Measure Up?

God sees a person's whole heart. He sees all of their actions, and knows all of their words and thoughts. So God has a lot more information to use when judging someone. It is with this complete knowledge that God can judge us righteously. The Bible says that "God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1Samuel 16:7).

So how does this affect the whole heaven and hell question? It puts everyone on an equal playing field. People we think are good are in the same position as people we think are bad, because, from God's perspective, no one perfectly follows his commands. There is, in every one of us, that inner drive that says, "I don't care. I'm going to do it anyway."

"There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins."
Ecclesiastes 7:20
"For All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Romans 3:23

In fact, the Bible says that "All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way" (Isaiah 53:6). In big and small ways, all of us have forsaken God and gone away from Him.

The antidote is to return to God. The Bible calls this "repentance." When a person truly turns back to God, there is no sin that is too big for God to forgive. God provided the means to forgive sin through Jesus Christ's death on the cross. And God offers His forgiveness and eternal life to anyone who will believe in Jesus. Heaven is a free gift offered to anyone who will ask for God's forgiveness and ask Jesus to come into their life. Here is how the Bible describes someone who turns to God in this way:

"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world ...All of us also lived ...gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of [God's] wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions -- it is by grace you have been saved. ...in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 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 2:1-9

All through the Bible God makes it clear that we gain heaven, not by our "good works" or "good life," but that God offers it to all as a gift. Rather than pretend that we are good people, He asks us to admit that we sin against Him.

We can focus on life after death, but what about our life right now? We can interact with God and be guided by Him right now, and experience the life He created us to have. There is no relationship on earth as fulfilling and important as knowing God. If you want that after death, you have to start it now.

 

Do All Good People Go To Heaven?

From Living Waters

Ray Comfort

Ray Comfort is the Founder and CEO of Living Waters, a bestselling author, and has written more than 100 books, including, The Evidence Study Bible. He cohosts the award-winning television program Way of the Master, which airs in 190 countries.

Living Waters seeks to train the members of Christ's Body in the principles of biblical evangelism and to provide them with practical tools to proclaim the gospel. This video, as well as many others takes Ray out to the streets to ask normal people "Are you a good person?". See more videos at his YouTube site hear.

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