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Can Heaven be Attained by Doing Good Deeds?

Entering heaven cannot be attained by good works. This chapter, “Goodness Attains Heaven?” demonstrates that the very best intentions and efforts of man are not sufficient to earn a “ticket to heaven.” A common denominator among most religions is the belief that a person’s destiny is determined by a gauge comprised of ethical, moral and religious standards. In this respect, the true Christian faith is diametrically opposed to most religions of the world. Certainly, the Christian faith advocates and embraces the highest moral and ethical codes in the world; however, those standards do not represent a means to attaining heaven, they represent the desired results that should come from a relationship with Jesus Christ. In fact some have described Christianity as more of a relationship rather than a religion. When Christians turn to God for salvation, they must first acknowledge that they are flawed vessels who cannot merit God’s favor on the basis of any human efforts or good works. (Some people may think that they are not flawed but this is a deception of the highest order and flies in the face of human experience and behavior).  The requirement to attain heaven is perfection because heaven is perfect and God is perfect. The sinful nature of mankind could not be allowed to enter into heaven or into an intimate, unifying connection with God for all eternity while still having a sin nature. This would be like introducing typhoid or malaria into a healthy body.

The highest human standards still fall short of the perfect standards of God. This point was made obvious by Jesus when He gave His famous “Sermon on the Mount.” At that time, there were some (not all) who believed that their outward adherence to the Ten Commandments and the “Law of Moses” were deserving of God’s salvation. Jesus called such self-righteous people “white washed tombs” (Matthew 23:27) who look good on the outside but are filled with corruption under the surface. In the “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus demonstrated that the very thoughts or seeds that lead to unrighteous acts must also be eliminated. When speaking of the commandment against murder, Jesus said that if you called your brother a fool or insulted your brother you are guilty of murder! (Matthew 5:22) Why is this? A person who respects life won’t end up committing murder. Jesus also said, when speaking about adultery, that if a man looked upon a woman with lust, he has already committed adultery in his heart. (Matthew 5:28) How can this be? Adultery must first begin with a thought and thoughts can lead to actions. Of course, there are certainly rewards and benefits in life for resisting every evil intention or thought that could lead to greater expressions of sin but the point being made is that every human being has some degree of corruption within them by their very nature and this flaw in human nature excludes us from having an intimate connection with a perfect God. (Refer to chapter 5, “God is Cruel?” and chapter 6, “Hard to Believe?” for a better understanding of sin and God’s provision to eradicate it.) In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said “You must be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  (Matthew 5:48) This ultimate state of perfection will only come about as result of God’s grace and mercy alone when people willingly receive His free gift by faith in the finished work of Jesus, the Son of God.

The sinful nature within mankind was dealt with on the cross when Jesus paid the price for sin (sin leads to death) and provided the remedy for every human flaw. The Bible says that Jesus became sin for us so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. Jesus died in our place and suffered every punishment due for every sin committed – past, present and future. Only God Himself was capable of paying such a high price and He did this because He loves us. Jesus conquered death itself and He became the “first fruits” a whole new creation. The Gospel of Jesus proclaims that salvation by grace alone is obtained when one willingly accepts the free gift of God by faith. Salvation by grace through faith is the only “ticket to heaven” and it is accomplished at the very moment one turns to God for this free gift of salvation. By faith, we become “hidden in Christ” and receive the seed of a new nature that will reach its full expression when these mortal bodies of corruption are changed into perfect, sinless bodies that will no longer experience pain, sickness, sorrow or death after Christ’s return (The assurance of Christ’s return is demonstrated in chapter 4, “Never to Return?”) As we abide in a committed relationship with Jesus, our thoughts and motives begin to change and “good works” become evident in our lives as an expression, or “fruit,” of Christ’s life within us. Along that journey to ultimate perfection, many will stumble and fail; but, as we continue to trust in the finished work of God’s grace through Jesus Christ our Lord, Savior, friend and brother, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1st John 1:9). Entering heaven cannot be attained by good works. Refer to the chapter, “Goodness Attains Heaven?” in the “Best Free Book about God” in order to have a deeper understanding of the Gospel of Jesus and why this is so. (By Robert Linkey)

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Proverb of the Week

Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23 NASB)

Psalm of the Week

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come?My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul.The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever. (Psalm 121 NASB)

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Is the Bible Truth or Myth?       Is Jesus God, Man or Both?         Is Jesus Dead or Alive?
Is Jesus Coming Back Again?      Is God Cruel or Loving?             Is the Gospel even Real?
Is Heaven Attained by Works?   Many Pathways to Heaven?      Is the Bible Against Science?
Evolution Improves with Time?    Fossils Prove Evolution?           Missing Link Ape-Men?
Origin of Life by Chance?           Reference & Note Section     Bible Truth or Myth? Synopsis
Jesus God Man Both? Synopsis  Jesus Dead or Alive? Synopsis  Jesus Coming Again? Synopsis
Is God Cruel or Loving? Synopsis    Is the Gospel Real? Synopsis  Heaven by Works? Synopsis
Many Paths to Heaven? Synopsis Bible v Science? Synopsis Evolution Improves Life?Synopsis
Fossils Prove Evolution? Synopsis  Missing Link Ape-Men? Synopsis Life by Chance? Synopsis

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