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good do you have to be to get into heaven?
answer: You need to be perfect. You need to be as good and pure
as God. You need to follow, without error, all of God's laws.
"For whoever keeps the whole law and yet
stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For
he who said, 'Do not commit adultery,' also said, 'Do not murder.'
If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become
a lawbreaker." - James 2:10-11 (NIV)
The Bible tells
us what those laws are: The Ten Commandments. The 613 points of
the Mosaic Law. The 1000's of points of the Levitical Law (the book
of Leviticus in the Bible).
Let's look at
just the Ten Commandments. The are given in Exodus 20:1-17
1. You shall
have no other Gods before me.
2. You shall
not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven
above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall
not bow down to them or worship them.
3. You shall
not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
5. Honor your
father and your mother.
6. You shall
7. You shall
not commit adultery.
8. You shall
9. You shall
not give false testimony against your neighbor.
10. You shall
not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Click on the
links included in each of these commandments for an simple contemporary
explaination of what the commandment means.
How do you measure
up? Have you keep all these commandments, without fail, throughout
your entire life? I haven't. I've tried hard to be good all my life
and I've broken at least 9 of these, and probably all 10 -- multiple
times. If you say, "I know I have not murdered anyone,"
then click on the link for the sixth commandment above to find out
what Jesus considers to be murder.
Imagine it is
judgement day and you are called before Jesus for a final accounting.
As Jesus goes through the Ten Commandments, will he pronounce you
guilty or innocent as each commandment is read? If you are guilty
of just one, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven, but will
spend eternity in hell, for you are not pure enough to come into
the presense of God.
If you feel
you have perfectly obeyed the Ten Commandments, then measure your
self against the Mosaic law, also given in Exodus (for example,
read Exodus 21 through 23). Then measure yourself against all the
laws in the book of Leviticus. For example, Leviticus 7:22-27 commands
us not to eat either the fat nor the blood of an animal. Have you
ever eaten at McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, or any other fast
food restaurant that serves beef or cheese? (Cheese is made from
fat that comes from cow's milk.) If you have, you have broken God's
have anything against any of these restaurants. However, God reserves
the fat and blood of cattle, sheep or goats for himself.
If your reaction
is, "Aw, come on! God can't mean this. Is He some kind of
sadist? No one can perfectly follow all these laws!" Then
you understand the true point and reason for God's laws!
The reason God
has given us His laws is not so that we can follow them and thus
be saved. He has given us His laws so that we see that we can never
obey them all. We can never be as perfect as God.
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified
freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."
- Romans 3:23-24 (NIV)
God has given
us His laws so we will see that they ONLY WAY to salvation, is through
is justified by faith apart from observing the law." Romans
We are imperfect.
We will break God's laws, and there must be punishment for that.
Jesus has taken our punishment for us so that we will be pure and
perfect when we stand before God. All of our sins -- all of God's
laws that we have broken -- will be forgotten.
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