How to get to Heaven
How do I get into Heaven?
There is an important distinction between believing God exists and believing in God. Satan and his angels believe in God ("the devils also believe, and tremble." James 2:19). Therefore, merely acknowledging His existence does not make you a Christian nor allow you entrance into Heaven.
What about doing lots of good things?
The problem with this line of thinking is that it causes you to forget one vital piece of information: that we are ALL sinners. ("For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23) To live in the same realm with God requires absolute perfection! This is impossible to achieve on our own. Because of our sinful nature, we do not deserve to be in Heaven with God. Even doing just one thing wrong disqualifies us. And let's face it, we haven't done only one wrong thing-- our sinful deeds are constant. We are always messing up!
It's starting to sound hopeless. What exactly CAN I do?
You're right; at first it does appear to be hopeless. That is why God Himself has intervened. He set up a plan for salvation because He loves us-- all of us, including you!-- and He wants you to join Him in Heaven. So what He did was to send His only Son to be a sacrifice for our sins. His Son, Jesus, was nailed to a cross for crimes He never committed! He was perfect in His life on Earth, and He lived that perfect life for you, so that you would have the chance to become saved and get to know God. After He died He was buried, but three days later, through the power of God His Father, He came back to life, and He is still living today! Through His sacrifice, you can be brought to eternal life, too. ("Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6)
All it takes is to pray to Him: believe in your heart and confess to God that you are a sinner, and that you know you don't deserve eternal life with Him in Heaven. Believe in your heart that Christ died on the cross and rose again, and ask Him to cleanse you of your sins so that you may join Him in Heaven. When you do this, you will be saved. ("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)
If I do this, will I be completely saved?
Yes, if you are serious about asking for salvation, you will be saved. He gave His word, and He will keep His word. ("If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9)
Can I ever lose my salvation?
Absolutely not! Once God has you, nothing will ever take you away from Him-- not even you! ("For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23) The word "eternal" in that verse means exactly that-- eternal! The eternal God who gives you eternal life will provide for you eternal salvation, and nothing less! ("These things I have written unto you that believe in the name of the Son of God, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe in the name of the Son of God." 1 John 5:13)
Why not accept Christ into your heart today? Life is short-- you can never know when it will end. The time to act is right now. As long as you still have breath, it is not too late!
The Beginning will make all things new
New life belongs to Him
He hands us each new moment saying,
My child, begin again
My child, begin again
You're free to start again.