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There are many important things in life and many important decisions to be made along the way.  But the most important thing in life is to be in good standing before God so that you will be able to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.

The question is, what does it take to get into Heaven?  Being a good person?  What is the standard, and who is to say how good is good enough?  The qualification to get into Heaven is to be perfectly righteous according to God’s standard as He has revealed in the Bible.  The problem is that no one qualifies.

Romans 3:10-11 says, “There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, 

There is none who seeks for God.”  Romans 3:23 tells us, “...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Because everyone sins, none of us meet God’s standards.  Because sin is living contrary to God’s righteous and holy standards, He has to judge each of us.  Unfortunately, the judgment is eternal, painful, punishment in Hell.  BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT GOD WANTS FOR PEOPLE.

To spare people His righteous judgment, God became a man in the person of Jesus to give Himself as a substitute, to be punished in our place and take the penalty for our sin upon Himself.  John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”  2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

The way to qualify for Heaven is to confess that you are a sinner and that you need Jesus to take your sin and penalty.  You need to repent, turn away from your sins, and ask Jesus to forgive you.  Ask Him come into your life and surrender the control of your life to Him.  If you do this, He will take your sin and give you His righteousness and you will become a child of God with Heaven as your home.

If you are thinking to yourself that there are many paths to Heaven, then Jesus has something to say to you.  He says in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”  Jesus makes the unparalleled claim that He is the only way to God.  If there was another way, it would have been foolish to sacrifice His life by brutal, painful, crucifixion.  Jesus proved He is the only way by raising Himself from the dead three days after He was crucified.  No one else has every validated their claims like that.  Simon Greenleaf, former Royal Professor of the Harvard University School of Law, had this to say about Jesus’ resurrection, “according to the laws of legal evidence, there is more evidence for the resurrection of Jesus as historical fact than any other historical event.”

Test any religion for its factual basis.  Only the Bible and Jesus will stand.  Jesus isn’t religion.  Religion is about what YOU have to DO.  Jesus is all about what HE DID FOR YOU.  He is a living Person who loves you and wants a personal, intimate relationship with you.  He wants to take your sin and give you His righteousness.  Give Him your life, ask for His forgiveness, and He will make you a new person, a child of God, and an heir of Heaven.

If you would like to know more about having a personal relationship with Jesus, please contact us.  We would love to talk to you.

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