Most people would answer that question in the affirmative. Before I was born again, I would have said yes also, but does that line up with what Scripture has to say on the subject? In witnessing to people, I have found that a great stumbling block to believing the gospel can be a person’s distorted perception of their own goodness. Our fleshly perceptions are not the standard by which we can determine what is true. We can only find truth in God’s word, the bible. The bible is proven to be true by the many fulfilled prophecies contained within it’s pages, and by the testimony of those whose lives have been transformed by believing the words written therein.
The bibles tells us that …
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Romans 3:10-12 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Ephesians 2:8-9 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.
The bible also tells us that if we have a repentant, willing, and open heart, the Lord will show us truth.
John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
If our heart is hard and unbelieving, there remains nothing but a judicial blindness now and, at death, an eternity in hell.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
It’s not our good deeds that will enable us to enter heaven when we die. It is only by believing in Christ’s substitutionary atoning blood sacrifice on Calvary’s cross, that will gain anyone entrance into heaven. The penalty for our sin was “paid in full” at Calvary’s cross.
1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.
Jesus Christ died on the Cross as a substitute for sinners. Jesus was innocent. Mankind is guilty.
Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
Open your heart to the Lord today. Repent, believe, and receive the Holy Ghost. Receive forgiveness, mercy, comfort, and the indescribable joy of knowing the Lord. And you can also have the comfort of knowing that when you die, you will go to be with the Lord forever.
Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
John 3:16 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.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;