How to get right with God
"... there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God
over one sinner who repents."
Most people want to make it into heaven, but most do
not know what the Bible says about how to get right
with God and end up in heaven.
Do you know where you will spend eternity? Are you
going to make it into heaven or is there a chance you
might end up in hell?
God smiles on us when we want to learn about
Him and His ways.
He is love, has compassion for your struggles and
wants you to end up in heaven. But ignoring Him is not a good idea.
Many people have their own beliefs about God and how
to get right with Him. God doesn't change His ways to
conform to our beliefs any more than adults
conform to a child's beliefs.
Assumptions and wishful thinking are among the worst
ways to conclude anything about anyone, especially
God. We need to learn what God says about Himself
because the greatest future event for every soul is
accountability to God.
It would be good to now pray this short prayer: Father in
Heaven, please give me
understanding to learn the truth about You and Your
ways. In Jesus' name, thank You.
All religions tell us if we do good things then there
is a fair chance we could make it into heaven. But none
of the religions can tell us how much good is good
enough. We just have to wait until it is all over
to find out if we succeeded or not. But once we leave our
bodies, it is too late to come back and change
anything. God knows our eternity is such an important
matter for us that He made a simple way for anyone to be
confident they are
going to get into
God wants relationship instead of religion. Of course
God commands us to do good things. But no amount of
good things can remove the bad things (sin) from our record.
We all are guilty of sin. And
God knows all our
"... for there is nothing concealed
that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known."
What does sin produce?
For the wages of sin is death
[hell]; but the free gift of God is eternal life through
Christ Jesus our Lord.
unwise to not fear that we will be held accountable for our sins or that
they are small in comparison to the sins of
criminals who make the news.
In this age of political
correctness and moral relativism, God has not changed. People are not God's
standard for righteousness ... Jesus is.
Our Universal Dilemma
We don't need to go too far down the list of the Ten
Commandments to learn we are guilty of sin. For
example: Thou shall not use the Lord's name in vain.
Honor your mother and father. Thou shall not commit
adultery/fornication. Thou shall not steal. Thou shall
Our sin separates us from our Holy Creator.
Lying to ourselves about our innocence is self
If someone has the cure for cancer and keeps it to
themself, the world would call them cruel. But
humanity has a greater and more universal problem than
cancer. It is sin. Sin is what keeps us eternal beings out of God's
sinless heaven and condemns us to sinful hell. And
Jesus warned us that more people are ending up in hell
Matthew 7: 13-14
"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is
wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction
[hell], and there are many who enter through it.
For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads
to life [heaven], and there are few who find
think we get into heaven by being a good person. But
how good is good enough? If someone were to compare us
to repeat offenders in prison, we would compare
favorably. But if our works were to be compared to
Sister Theresa of Calcutta, we would fall far short.
And is Sister Theresa good enough to stand before a
perfect and Holy God and confidently state I am so good
that I deserve heaven for eternity? At what point does
God say, "You did enough, you no longer need to worry
about your eternal destiny?" The fact is, if being
good is the criteria for making it into heaven, nobody
can know before they die how much good is good enough
to make it. The following Bible verses make it clear
that salvation is not earned by doing good works, but
is a free gift of God.
all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment....
it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not
from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no
one can boast.
To break the law and stand before a judge you need to break only
one law once to be found guilty, suffer the penalty and be labeled a
convict ... right? It is the same with God's laws. Just because we
don't regularly commit the worst sins, we are not innocent.
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
If you stand before a judge who knows you, you get a pass
[assuming he/she doesn't disqualify himself]. He/she will not
judge you and convict you. It is the same with Jesus. He is our
Judge and He passes on condemning His own.
"For not even the Father judges
anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, so that all will
honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor
the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. "Truly, truly, I
say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me,
has eternal life,
and does not come into judgment, but has passed
out of death into life.
Christians who are so in name
only (not by practice) and unbelievers have something in common.
They both have a secret fear that the Bible might be true. Today
with easy access to Bibles and people who are willing to share
their knowledge of the Bible, there is no excuse before God to not
perform your due diligence to investigate this issue. It is safer
to believe the Bible than not to. If the Bible is wrong,
Christians lose nothing. If the Bible is right, those who do not
obey it, lose everything.
From everyone who has been given much,
much will be required ..."
Some people believe that upon physical death, their soul simply
ceases to exist. This is a minority opinion and is only an
opinion. It is not supported on a solid basis. It contradicts what
the souls of most people tell them. Moreover it contradicts the
words of the only One Who came back from the dead to tell us about
it. If souls cease to exist upon death of the body, then life is
meaningless and our emotions are a pathetic waste of energy. But
life is not meaningless! God has a divine purpose for each of us.
With logic, reason and a little faith, eternal life is a more
If you do not need all the details for each of the topics below
skim down to the topics most important to you, but keep in mind
there is a lot of valuable information in between the headings.
And this web page is shorter than a chapter in your average book
and ... more valuable.
Thirty+ years ago I realized that I didn't know where I was
going to spend eternity. Because life is short and eternity is
long, there is nothing more important than making sure we get it
into heaven. If this is true, then God must
have established a way for us to know before we die where we will
spend eternity. It is not wise to let our eternal destiny be left
to chance. I began to try to figure it out on my own, but
couldn't. So I prayed to God that He would show me what I need to
do in order to secure my place in heaven ... before I leave my
I began to read the Bible and became
nervous when I got to John 3:3. There Jesus declares,
"I tell you the truth, no one can see
the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
I immediately knew I was in serious trouble. I was not born again
because nobody told me I needed to be born again. I didn't know
what it was, but knew I needed to find out.
I learned everyone
is born physically alive, but spiritually dead. From birth we are
selfish and focus on the physical. God commands us to have a
spiritual birth (the second birth) and to begin focusing on
spiritual and eternal matters.
not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature
will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from
the Spirit will reap eternal life.
The Good News
Some people trivialize what often is referred to as the Good
of the Gospel. Many think they know what it is, yet they can't
explain it. Moreover they have not personalized it.
Many people think nobody can know before they die whether they
will be sent to heaven or hell. I thought the same until I
realized that is far too important of a matter to be left to
chance. Once you arrive at your eternal destiny it is too late to
change anything. One hundred years from now we will be dead. But
our souls will be alive for millions of years ... somewhere! What
could possibly be more important, than to know where you will
spend all of eternity? God is too loving to keep that a secret
until it's too late.
How we get sin removed from our record
Unlike cancer, the cure for sin is accessible to all
and is free! Most people already know these three very
1. Jesus died on the cross for our sins
2. Jesus shed His blood when He was crucified
3. Jesus suffered this painful death voluntarily
for us. He did not have to do this for Himself. He is
Jesus paid the price for our
sins because we are unable to pay the penalty.
If we could
make it into heaven on our own by doing good things or
by some religious exercises, then Jesus would have
been a fool …
He would have suffered voluntarily for nothing.
But Jesus is no fool! He paid the greatest price anyone paid for
anything and that is for our souls so we could make it
who ignore this most costly and precious gift that He is offering to us for
free. (Think of how you would feel toward
who rejects/ignores the most valuable gift you could give.)
you can understand why God is
So how can we transition from
insecurity to eternal security? We do this by telling
1.) I acknowledge that I am a sinner and my sin separates me from
2.) I truly repent of my sins and ask You to forgive me of my
3.) I confess Jesus is Lord and that He rose from the dead.
I receive Jesus' shed blood and resurrection as His payment for my
4.) I ask for your Holy Spirit to come into my heart to help me
walk the straight and narrow path that leads to life.
Soon after I prayed that prayer, I read: Matthew 10:28 "Do
not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul;
but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in
Once I knew I was in right standing with God, this verse brought
me more peace than anything I ever experienced.
What I am
communicating to you is not new or unique. This is the simple
Gospel message that has been communicated for 2000 years all over the
world. This is the message people lived for and died for. This is
the message that has been
banned by many government officials and promoted by a few
government officials. This is the message that stopped people in
the midst of suicide and divorce. This is the message that put
families together and tore them apart. This is the message that
converted people from all sorts of backgrounds: rich, poor, fools,
wise, slaves, kings, queens, prostitutes, alcoholics, drug
addicts, religious fanatics, atheists, but mostly common people.
This is the message that gets people right with God and into
The significance of the blood of Jesus
You might remember watching Charlton
Heston play Moses in the movie The 10 Commandments. In that
movie there is a true scene where the streets are dark and quiet
as the angel of death moves down the street killing all the first born in homes that do not have the blood of a lamb sprinkled on
the door posts. That was the original Passover holiday of the
Jewish people. The angel of death did not inquire about who lived there or
about good deeds or bad deeds. He just looked for the blood of the
lamb. Those with the blood of a lamb covering the door posts were
passed over and got to live. Households with no blood covering
Passover is another sign pointing to
our Messiah (Savior), Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us, without
shedding of blood there is no forgiveness [of sins],
Hebrews 9:22. Just as the blood of an innocent lamb protected Jews
from physical death in Egypt, so too the blood of Jesus (the
innocent and sinless Lamb of God) protects us from spiritual
The Bible tells us the blood of
Jesus washes our sins away. This is like a delete key erasing the
record in computer file. This means when we (true Christ
followers) are called up to give account at the
Great White Throne Judgment, our record will have no sin on it
because the blood of Jesus washed it off!
I hope you can understand the magnitude of this.
Hebrews 13:12 And so Jesus also suffered ... to
make the people holy through his own blood.
Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, … Him that
loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own
John 14:6 "Jesus said ..., 'I am the way, and the
truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but
John 3:18 [Jesus speaking] "He who believes in Him
is not judged; he
who does not believe has been judged already, because
he has not believed in the name of the only begotten
Son of God.
Sincerity of Faith
Most people are quite complacent with
the belief system they were born into. Many people think God
doesn't care what you believe, as long as you are devout to your
beliefs. Besides the obvious question about how 'devout' is
'devout enough,' we need to ask if God really doesn't care what
people believe or practice.
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way which seems right to
a man, But its end is the way of death.
news media occasionally reports on people who have enough faith to
stand before a speeding train and believe with all their heart
that mind over matter will prevail and they will not be hurt. And
many more people believe if they strap a bomb onto themselves and
kill Jews or infidels, they will receive 70 virgins in heaven.
Their devotion to their faith is unquestioned, but
reality sets in upon impact. The Bible is clear that God requires
us to learn about Him, His ways and do what He tells us instead of
what we or others want.
Some people try to tell us all
religions are equal and they all lead us to heaven. Those who are
informed about the doctrines of the various religions know that is
impossible because they contradict each other. Religion is man's
way of reaching God. Christianity is God's way of reaching man (by
coming down as Jesus Christ).
Sounds like a play on words, but this is a very important point
about the uniqueness of the God of the Bible.
Over the years I had hundreds of conversations with people about
"religion." Atheists and people in cults tried to convert me to
their religion. At some Christian events we discuss issues tougher
than most atheists raise. Nothing has shaken my faith. As a matter
of fact, my faith continues to strengthen.
I am a skeptic and do not make hasty
irrational decisions. It has been over 30 years since I accepted
Jesus Christ as my Savior. That was, by far, the most important
and best decision I ever made. Most born-again Christians feel the
same way. Click here to
watch an unrehearsed video of strangers giving testimonies about
their before and after experiences:
I had something missing in my life ...
I didn't want to live anymore.
It wasn't working out for me ...
Hope and freedom
Regrets, anxieties, worries have all gone away.
[My life now is] unrecognizable.
Why so much suffering and evil
Many people wrestle with the age-old
question: If God is good, why is there so much suffering and evil in this world?
But when people are asked, "Would you want God to have created you
as a robot or as someone with free will?" They consistently respond,
"Free will." As you know, with free will comes responsibility and
consequences. The sin of humanity (not God) is the cause of evil
Adam and Eve only knew good when God created them. They learned
evil only upon eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil (Genesis 2:16, 3:24). Now all generations suffer
the consequences of
knowing and choosing evil.
We don't need to worry about evil going unpunished. God promised
to right wrongs and reward us for our suffering. The suffering is temporary.
The rewards are everlasting. He will also take
care of unrepentant sinners and prevent them from causing us
God hates evil so much, that
He paid the ultimate price to reconcile us to Him and take
us away from all this evil and suffering. He does not want to
condemn us. God wants us to accept His free offer of eternal life.
important for us to realize that God is all loving and all
powerful and that He will bring about His original plan for us
(eternity in paradise with Him, forever and ever!).
What Christmas and
Easter are About
This confidence of eternal life in paradise is why
Christians celebrate Christmas and Easter all over the world 2000
years later. Unfortunately people now use these holidays for
profit by getting people to spend money for Santa Claus and the
Jesus' salvation is not
a cheap gift to be ignored
God has emotions too. We all heard the
saying, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." If you stand
before a judge who loves you and you return that love, that judge
will forgive you or pay your penalty and let you go free. But if
this Judge learns His love for you is scorned, watch out!
Jesus willingly dying on the cross in
payment for your sins, was the absolute highest price anyone ever
paid for anything! And ... that was for the salvation of your
soul! What can you offer to God in payment for your sins? Can you
think of anything more precious than an only born child? But
children are tainted with sin and are in need of a Savior just
like you do. Jesus is sinless, thus only He is eligible to be our
Savior. To reject this ultimate sacrifice, brings His fury.
But God loves you so much that He
didn't hold back His precious Son, but allowed Him to be our
sacrificial Lamb, so that we could get back on track with His
original plan for our lives (paradise with Him for eternity).
"Come now, let us reason
together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they
shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they
shall be like wool.
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe
in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be
saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are
justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are
saved. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never
be put to shame." For there is no difference between Jew and
Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who
call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will
People won't sell both their eyes for $1 billion dollars. The
value of the quality of their temporal life on earth is worth at
least that much to them.
I hope your eternal life is worth enough for you to pray the following prayer with deep sincerity. If you
do, you too can have the confidence that you are in right standing
with your Creator and will make it into heaven.
1 John 5:13 These things I have written to you who believe in
the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have
Prayer to get right
Dear Father in heaven, I
confess that I am a sinner and my sins have separated
us. I want to be in a right relationship with You. I ask You to
help me remember my sins so that I may repent of them
and come clean. I sincerely repent of my sins and ask
for Your mercy to forgive me of my sins. I accept
Jesus' crucifixion, His shed blood and rising from the
His payment for my sins. I ask for Your Holy
Spirit to come into my heart to guide my thoughts and
actions and to help me stay away from my sinful ways. Thank You in the name of
my Savior Jesus
"... there is rejoicing in the presence of the
angels of God over one sinner who repents."
pray to God
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