Are you good enough to go to Heaven?
August 2, 2004
Written by Ray Comfort, Living
Of all the questions you will ask yourself in life,
probably the most important is, Am I good enough to go
to Heaven? The way to find this out is to ask yourself
if you have obeyed the Ten Commandments. Most would answer
the question, 'Well, I've broken one or two, but nothing
too serious, like murder, etc.' So let's go through them
and see how you do:
1. 'You shall have
no other gods before Me.'
Is God first in your life? Do you love God above all else? Many years ago, I
purchased a TV. for our children, but the first evening we had it, I arrived
home from work and found that they didn't even bother to greet me. They were
too busy watching television. I turned it off and explained to them that if they
ignored me because they preferred to watch TV. They were setting their love on
the gift rather than the giver, a wrong order of affections. In the same way,
if we love anything -- husband, wife, children or even our own lives -- more
than we love God, we are setting our affection on the gift rather than the Giver,
which is a transgression of the First Commandment. In fact, the Bible says that
we should so love God that our love for Mom and Dad and brother and sister should
seem like hatred compared to the love we have for the God who gave those loved
ones to us. We are also commanded to love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves.
Jesus spoke of a Samaritan who found an injured stranger, bathed his wounds,
carried him to an inn, gave money for his care and told the inn-keeper that he
would pay for his expenses. We call him the good Samaritan, but in reality he
wasn't 'good' at all, he merely obeyed the basic command to love his neighbor
as himself. That is a picture of how God expects us to love our fellow human
beings. We should love them as much as we love ourselves...whether they be friend
or foe. Have you loved God with all your heart? Have you loved humanity as much
as you love yourself? You be the judge. Will you be innocent or guilty on Judgment
Day of breaking that Commandment? I'm not judging you -- I'm asking you to judge
yourself before the Day of Judgment. The sentence for breaking this Commandment
2. 'You shall not
make for yourself any graven image.'
This means that we shouldn't make a god to suit ourselves, either with our hands
or our mind. I was guilty of this. I made a god to suit myself. My god didn't
mind a 'white' lie or a fib here and there -- in fact, he didn't have any moral
dictates. But in truth my god didn't exist. He was a figment of my imagination,
an 'image' which I shaped to suit myself. Is your god the One revealed in Holy
Scripture? If not, then you have made your own god to suit yourself - you have
committed the oldest sin in the Book. Scripture warns that no idolater will enter
the Kingdom of Heaven.
3. 'You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.'
Have you ever taken God's name in vain -- instead of using a four-letter
word to express disgust, you've used His name? Hitler's name wasn't despised
to use as a curse word. If you have used His holy name in that manner,
you are a blasphemer and will not enter the Kingdom of God.
'Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy.'
I ignored this command for 22 years. Even though God
gave me the gift of life, never once did I ask what
he required of me. I was guilty of breaking the Commandment.
5. 'Honor your father
and your mother.'
Have you always honored your parents in a way that's
pleasing in the sight of God? Ask Him to remind
you of the sins of your youth. You may have forgotten
them, but God hasn't.
6. 'You shall not
Jesus warned that if we get angry without cause we are
in danger of judgment. If we hate our brother,
God calls us a murderer. We can violate God's Law by
attitude and intent.
7. 'You shall not
Who of us can say that we are pure of heart? Jesus warned,
'You have heard that it was said to those of old,
'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you
that whoever looks at a woman to lust after her has committed
adultery already with her in his heart.' Remember that
seen every thought you have had
and every sin you have ever committed. The day will come when
you have to face His Law, and we are told that the impure,
(those who have sex before
marriage) and adulterers will not enter the Kingdom of God. Punishment
for transgression of this Commandment is the death
8. 'You shall not
Have you ever taken something that belonged to someone
else (irrespective of its value)? Then you are
a thief -- you cannot enter God's Kingdom.
9. 'You shall not
bear false witness.'
Have you ever told a lie? Then you are a liar. How many
lies do you have to tell to be a liar? Just one.
The Bible warns that all liars will have their part in
the Lake of Fire. You may not think deceitfulness is a serious
10. 'You shall not
That means we shouldn't desire anything that belongs
to another person. The covetous will not inherit
the Kingdom of God.
Who of us can say we are not guilty of breaking
these Commandments? All of us have
sinned, and just as with
civil law, you don't have to
break ten laws to
be a law-breaker, so the Bible warns, 'For whoever
shall keep the whole Law, and yet stumble in one point, he
A little girl was once
watching a sheep eat grass and thought how white it
looked against the green
background. But when it began to
thought, 'that sheep
now looks dirty against the white snow!' It was
the same sheep, but with a different background.
When we compare
ourselves to the background
of man's standard we
look pretty clean, but when we compare ourselves
to the pure snow-white righteousness
of God's standard -- His
Law, we can see ourselves
in truth, that we are unclean
in His sight. That Law is the holy standard by
which humanity will be judged on Judgment
This may sound strange,
but the worst thing you could at this point of
time is to try and clean up you
lifestyle -- you realize
you have sinned, so from
now on you will keep the Ten Commandments, do
good deeds, say the right things and think
only pure thoughts. But should
go because he
says he will now live a good life? No, he's in
debt to justice
and therefore must be punished.
The Law of God is merely like a mirror -- all
a mirror does is show you the truth. If you
face, you don't try
yourself with the mirror,
its purpose should be to send you to water
for cleansing. Neither should you try and wash yourself
mirror of God's Law
. . . that's
not its purpose.
The sight in the mirror
is not a pretty one, but if you can't face it and acknowledge that
unclean, then all that 'dirt'
be presented on Judgment Day
as evidence of your guilt, and then it will
be too late to be cleansed.
Perhaps you think that God is good and will
therefore overlook your sins. But if you
were guilty of
terrible crimes in a civil
and said to the judge,
'Judge, I am guilty but I believe that
you are a good man and will therefore overlook
the judge would probably
saying, 'You are right
about one thing; I am a good man, and it's
because of my goodness that I am going
to see that justice
is done, that you are punished
crimes.' The very
thing that many people are hoping will
save them on Judgment Day, God's 'goodness,' will
thing that will condemn
If God is
good, He should punish
murderers, liars, thieves, etc., and Hell
will be their dreadful fate.
What a terrible place Hell must be. If
you read in the newspaper that a man
received a $5 fine
crime, you could conclude
that his crime
was insignificant. But
if a man received multiple life sentences,
you could conclude that his crime was
way, we can catch a glimpse
how terrible sin must
be in the sight of God by looking to
the punishment given for it -- eternal punishment.
humanity never bothers to
for His wonderful blessings of
color, light, food, joy, beauty, love
and laughter, so He will take those blessings
away from them.
Instead of proving their
by obedience to His will,
they use His name to curse. Their punishment
will be just but severe to the uttermost.
Take the time
to read what Jesus said
like in Mark 9:43-48. I am afraid
for you . . .please, look honestly into
mirror of the Law, then seek the 'water'
every sin. If you don't believe
I am saying about
the reality of Hell, it means you think
God is corrupt (that He hasn't the moral
that Jesus was
a liar, that
the Apostles were false
witnesses, that God's promises are nothing
but prefabricated lies, and there is
no greater insult
to God than
to call Him a liar. By
doing so, you are adding
to your transgressions. Imagine if you
reject the Savior, die in your sins and
what I have
told you is the Gospel
will be too late,
you will be judged for your sins. If
that happens, and your eyes meet my eyes on
the Day of Judgment,
I'm free from your blood.
I have told
you the truth,
but if you choose to ignore it your blood
will be upon your own head . . . you
will have no
blame but yourself.
Can you see your predicament? You are
guilty of sinning against God Himself,
you have sinned
knowledge.' Isn't it
true that every time you lied, stole,
lusted, etc., you did it with knowledge
Does the fact that you have sinned
against God scare you? It should.
You have actually
your sin. The Bible
says His wrath
abides on you, that
you are an 'enemy of God in your
mind through wicked works.' But let fear
work for your
good in the
same way that a fear of
of a plane at a great
height would make you put on a parachute.
Let your will to live open your heart
to the Gospel
I am not the only one who doesn't
want you to end up in Hell. The
cared enough to give it to
and God Himself is not willing
that you perish. To make clear what an
incredible thing He
has done for
you in the Gospel, let's
again to civil law: You
standing in front of a judge, guilty
of very serious crimes. All the
there is no doubt about
The fine for your
crime is $250,000 or imprisonment,
you haven't two pennies to rub
judge is about
to pass sentence . . .he
when someone you
don't even know steps in and pays
the fine for you. The moment you
to go. Justice has been
the law has been satisfied,
and what's more, the stranger who
paid your fine showed how much
for you. His
was evidence of his love.
That's what God did for
you, in the person of Jesus Christ. You are guilty. He paid the fine 2,000
years ago. It
is that simple. The Bible puts it this
'He was bruised for our iniquities . . . Christ has redeemed us from the
curse of the Law being made a curse for us . . . God commended His love toward
in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.'
It was no small thing
for Jesus to die for us. The only thing that would satisfy the demands of
Eternal Law was the suffering death of the sinless son of God.
What love God must have for you! He suffered unspeakable agony, so that you
wouldn't have to be punished for your sins. His sacrificial death and resurrection
that you need no longer be in debt to the Law, and God can now grant you
everlasting life if you obey Him -- death no longer has a legal hold upon
those who belong
to Jesus Christ.
Two men were offered a parachute while seated in a plane. The first man
was told it would improve his flight, but the second man was informed that
a 25,000 foot jump. When the flight struck severe turbulence the first man
took his parachute off because, as far as he was concerned it didn't improve
But during the same violent turbulence, this second man clung tighter to
his parachute. Each man's motive for putting the parachute on determined
or not he would keep it on*. In the same way, the reason you should 'put
on the Lord Jesus Christ' shouldn't be to find peace, joy, true happiness,
marriage healed or your problems fixed, etc. (to have your flight improved),
but it should be to escape the jump to come -- because of the fact that you
have to pass through the door of death. Then, when the flight gets bumpy
come) you won't fall away from the faith.
What should you then do?
Simply repent and put your trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.
Don't put it off
until tomorrow. Would you sell an eye
for a million dollars? How about both for $20 million? No one in his right
mind would. Your eyes are priceless to you, yet they are merely the windows
soul. Your life (your soul) is of such value, Jesus said that you should
despise the value of your eye compared to it. He said that if your eye causes
sin, pluck it out and cast it from you, for it is better to enter Heaven
blind, than to go to Hell seeing. In other words, of all the things that
prioritize in you life, it's not your health, your vocation, etc., it's your
Think of a man who has
committed adultery. His faithful wife is more than willing to take him back,
so what is the attitude in which he
should approach her?
It should be one of tremendous humility, asking for forgiveness, and determining
in his heart never to even think of committing adultery again. That's how
you should approach God. If you are not sure how to pray, read Psalm 51 and
it your prayer. Then put your faith in Jesus Christ in the same way you would
put your faith in a parachute. You don't just 'believe' it will benefit you,
you actually trust yourself to it by putting it on. Then, once you have made
peace with God read the Bible daily and obey what you read.
Thank you for taking
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