WAY TO HEAVEN
Good works such as giving
to charity, living a decent life, being a good neighbour, even
performing religious duties, while worthy and commendable in
themselves, do not make a person fit for Heaven. In
God’s holy standards, even our good works are "as filthy
rags". (Isaiah 64:6) "For
by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is
the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast."
All roads do NOT lead
to Heaven. The Bible
clearly teaches that there is only ONE way. Jesus says, "I am
the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except
through Me." (John 14:6) Our sin is the great obstacle which
keep us from God. "All have sinned" (Romans 8:23),
and it is our sin that separates us from a loving God and leaves us
without hope for the future.
God's Word gives the
solution to our need. "The wages of sin
is death, but the gift of God is eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
(Romans 6:23) Jesus, the Son of God, took the punishment for our sins
on Himself. He suffered and died in our place. It is through His death
and resurrection that we can experience God's mercy and find
Only as we forsake our sin
and turn in faith to Jesus can we claim
the promises of God. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful
to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Do not make the mistake of
trying to approach God on
your own terms. You must come to God in His way. Only by fully trusting
Jesus Christ can you know with certainty that you are on your way to
Heaven. "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life." (John