Are You a Good Person?

The Most Important Question You Can Ask

There is one question in life that is more important than all others and you need to ask it, “Am I good enough to go to Heaven?” To answer, consider God’s nature. The Bible states God is Holy, just, perfect, all-knowing, all-powerful, kind, and “will not allow the wicked to go unpunished.” (Isa 6:3, Ex 34:5-7). Assess your relationship with God by comparing yourself to the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20). Have you obeyed God? Check these few:

  • You shall have no other gods before Me.” Jesus stated, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.” (Mark 12:30). Have you always prioritized God? Failure to do so violates this commandment.
  • You shall not make for yourself any graven image.” You must not construct idols to worship instead of God. This can be a statue, self, money, family, or misconception of God. God forbids idolaters from entering Heaven (Ephesians 5:5).
  • You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” Ever cursed God’s Name? Are you a blasphemer? God promises to punish mockers of His Name. Deuteronomy 5:11.
  • You shall not murder.” Jesus stated hating your brother is like murdering him in your heart (Matthew 5:22). This makes you a murderer and will not inherit eternal life. (1 John 3:15).
  • You shall not commit adultery.” In Matthew 5:28, Jesus said, “whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart”. Hebrews 13:4 says “fornicators and adulterers God will judge”. God judges adulterers who lusted after someone else or had sex outside of marriage.
  • You shall not steal.” Stealing anything is theft, regardless of value. According to Ephesians 4:28, “let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor”. Not paying debts, downloading illicit music, or ripping others off are theft. Thieves won’t live forever. (1 Corinthians 6:10).
  • You shall not bear false witness.” God says lying is wrong (Proverbs 6:17) and “and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire” (Revelation 21:8). If you lie once, God considers you a liar.

All people sin, as the Bible states, “Whoever keeps the whole law but stumbles in one point is guilty of all” (James 2:10) and “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23). Comparing ourselves to God’s Law shows we’re idolaters, blasphemers, liars, murderers, adulterers, and thieves. Let’s face it—we’ve broken all these commandments many times.

A Scary Truth

The Bible’s greatest terrifying reality is that God is GOOD. Why is that scary? We are not good, but God is. This leaves us where? Justice is needed. Imagine being guilty in court and telling the judge, “I’m guilty but I believe you’re a good man and you will overlook my crimes.” The judge would reply, “You’re right; I’m a good man, and I’ll make sure that justice is served as a result of my goodness.” If God is good, He must punish sin. Sin is an infinite offense to a Holy God. God’s retribution is Hell (Mark 9:48, Matt 8:12, eternal fire and darkness). Because of your conscience, you sinned knowing it was wrong, which condemns you (Romans 2:15).

The problem is that the Bible states it is bad to justify the wicked (Proverbs 17:15), so how can a Holy God justify sinners without breaching justice and being evil?

We’re All Guilty

Imagine being tried in court for major offenses. If convicted, you face life in jail or a $1 million fine. When the guard walks you away, the judge steps down and pays your fine in full. Free to go! You were convicted, but your fine was paid! The judge proved compassionate and just.

God did that for sinners 2,000 years ago. Jesus Christ lived the blameless life you could not. Because He loved, He died on the cross to take God’s complete wrath for sin. He resurrected from the grave on the third day, proving sin’s penalty paid.

His people are guilty, yet Jesus paid the price. “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13).

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

So what should you do? God requires repentance and faith in Jesus Christ alone for forgiveness. Abandon the idea that your “good works” will aid you on Judgment Day. The Bible calls our good works “filthy rags” before God. (Isaiah 64:6) They cannot make up for sin. So approach God in this manner: Imagine a wife betraying her spouse. Does her spouse want a prepared apology? Of course not. Instead, she should apologize with humility and sincerity and vow never to commit adultery again. So beg God for mercy, admitting and abandoning your sins. King David pleaded to God in Psalm 51 after sinning.

The Bible reads, “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and contrite, And who trembles at My word.” (Isaiah 66:2)

You Must Born Again

Jesus declared “you must be born again” (John 3:7). God gives spiritually reborn people fresh hearts and desires. The Holy Spirit will fill you and make you want God’s things. Reading the Bible will help you become holy and know God better. You’ll also want to share Jesus. Read and obey the Bible daily. Join a Bible-believing church.

Consider yourself a Christian? The Bible says, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.” Study 1 John and compare yourself to Scripture. “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Jesus will say to hypocrites. (Matthew 7:23) Avoid taking your salvation for granted.

Read And Study The Bible

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To get to know God, you will need to know what His word says and obey it. Read the Bible daily and study the Bible as well. To read the Bible online, we suggest, Bible Gateway. To study the entire Bible verse by verse, we suggest VERSE BY VERSE BIBLE STUDY HERE.

Find A Church

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If you live around Plymouth Michigan, we suggest Plymouth Church of the Nazarene. To find a Bible believing church near you, try Calvary Chapel church locator and if you can’t find one near you, Contact Us and we can help you.


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