There Are False Ideas About Heaven
“No one can really know for sure about Heaven until they die.”
“I hope that all of my good deeds will out weigh my bad deeds.”
“It does not matter what someone believes as long as they are sincere.”
What Are The Facts?
The Facts Of God’s Word
The Bible is clear about eternal life. The Bible is also God’s Word so it is therefore our authority. Here are three Bible facts you must understand in order to have eternal life.
Fact #1 – All People Are Sinners
The Bible teaches, “Death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Romans 5:12) Every person is born a sinner and deserves death, that is, eternal separation from God in a place called Hell.
Fact #2 – Christ Died For Your Sins
The Bible teaches, “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) We deserve death because of our sins. However, Christ, God’s only begotten Son, came to earth and voluntarily died for us to take the penalty of our sins. Christ shed His blood and died to cleanse our sins, was buried for three days and then came back to life. He was victorious over death so that we would never have to experience eternal death in Hell.
Fact #3 – You Must Make The Decision Of Faith
The Bible teaches, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.” (John 3:36) Knowing that he is a sinner deserving death, and that Christ died for his sins, a person must place his trust in Christ to save him and receive eternal life.
Notice again that the Bible teaches, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.” (John 3:36) If you have just trusted Christ as your Savior, you now have this “everlasting life.”
The Decision Of Faith
The most important decision you can make is to trust Christ as your Savior. How about you? Do you understand that you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and that the only way to have eternal life is by trusting Christ as your Savior? If you do, would you right now pray a simple prayer like this one, telling Jesus that you are trusting Him to be your Savior?
The Decision Of Faith In Prayer
Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner deserving eternal separation from you in a place called Hell. But I also know that you died for my sins in my place taking my penalty. Right now I am making a decision to trust you to save me from my sins and give me eternal life. Thank you for saving me. Amen.
After The Decision
If you made this decision the Bible says you are saved from sin’s penalty. Notice again that the Bible teaches, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.” (John 3:36) If you have just trusted Christ as your Savior, you now have this “everlasting life.” You also now have a new relationship with God which is eternal, and therefore can never be broken. When you sin, now you need to ask forgiveness from God, but you never have to trust Christ to save you again!
Find A Church
It is important for a new Christian to continue learning about what the Bible teaches, and to join together with other Christians interested in doing the same.