The “Good” Delusion
Many people believe that if they are good (perfect in every way), they will go to heaven, when they die. The question is sometimes asked, if all of the “good people” in the world do not believe in Jesus, will God send them to hell when they die?, well my answer is no, they would not go to hell! read further and you will understand my statement.
Genesis 4:7 tells us,
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.
A righteous God would not send someone that has lived his or her entire life as a good person (committing no sin against man, God or himself) to an eternal damnation to hell, but unfortunately there are no such person living today, the only person we know of that lived a good and perfect life for all to witness, is Jesus Christ of Nazareth. So why are so many people deluded to believe that they are good, and have the right to enter the pearly gates of heaven? If we are honest with ourselves and take time to look into our hearts, we will see that we have all broken many of the commandments of God (if we break one of God’s law, we come under the same condemnation as if we have broken all of them), which is the only comparison we have to decide whether we are good or bad, righteous or unrighteous. We must look to the Bible (God’s Word) for the deciding factor.
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. ~ Isaiah 64:6
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. ~ 1 John 1:8
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; ~ Romans 3:23
Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: ~ Romans 5:12
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. ~ Romans 6:23
But praise be to God, who has prepared a way out for all mankind before the heavens and the foundation of the earth were made. He sent Jesus to die, so that we don’t have to suffer the punishment of death (eternal separation from God)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ~ John 3:16
This saving grace is universal, for all men, in all places, at all time. If you do not know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, open your heart today and ask for forgiveness and He will cleanse you from your sin and give you His free gift of life, He already paid the price, why go another day without Him in your life. He only wants what is best for you in this life and the next.