Check below what you think is necessary to get you to heaven.
1. Obeying God's law and commandments
2. Doing your best
3. Living a good life
4. Good works
5. Trying to obey the Golden Rule
6. Tithing, or giving money to the church
7. Church membership or attendance
9. Water baptism
10. Holy communion
11. Born of Christian parents
ExplanationIf you checked one or more of the above items, you failed the test. Don't feel badly though, most people do fail. Most are to some degree "religious", but religions are nothing more than man-made attempts to reach God. The real answer of how to get to Heaven is not found in some religious system or by man's self-righteousness. God has declared that "there is none righteous, no not one" (Romans 3:10). "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Further, God's Word teaches that sin is a very serious matter . II Thessalonians 1:9 tells of "everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord." Anyone who is not found written in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15). What can you do about your sin problem? Can you clean up your life, do good works and hope that in the end your good works will outweigh your bad works? NO! Salvation does not come to those who work for it, but to those who cease from their own works, placing their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 4:5 makes that point abundantly clear: "To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." In Ephesians 2:8 & 9, it is declared "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 issue is not what you can do for God, but what He has done for you. "But God commendeth His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). "He hath made Him (Jesus) to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (II Corinthians 5:21). You have no righteousness of your own. To have eternal life you must have the righteousness of Christ (see Romans 3:26).
Altoona Bible Church
3017 Union Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602