Do Good People Go to Heaven?

heaven2Absolutely they do!

But not just because they’re ‘good.’

The apostle Paul teaches us that we’re saved by grace through faith, which is good because everyone–yep, everyone–needs that grace. Your pastor? Needs grace. Billy Graham? Definitely needs grace. The Pope? Yep, even he needs grace.

No matter how ‘good’ we are, we’re still ‘bad’ so to speak. Think of it like an unexplored piece of land, the second someone sets foot on that land it ceases to be unexplored. It’s been fundamentally altered. The second we do something wrong, the second we sin, the second we step outside of the bounds of what God wants for us, we’re no longer good by God’s standards, which means we need God’s grace.

This article from Acts International explains even further:

God is also a God of absolute justice and therefore all sinners—no matter how small—must be judged, otherwise God wouldn’t be God. Because God IS God, the just judgment of all sin is death; that is, spiritual death which is actually eternal separation from a holy and just God in the place the Bible calls hell, whatever and wherever that may be.

…fortunately however, God is also a God of absolute love. That’s why he sent his Son Jesus to die in our place on the cross to pay the just penalty for all of our sins. If being good, religious, sincere, or being anything else could have qualified us for getting into God’s heaven, Jesus would never have had to come to earth to die for our sins.

Head over there and read the whole thing. And if you want to know more about how to receive the grace that God extends to us, click here.

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