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How does a person make it to heaven?
THE 4 SIMPLE LAWS
GOD IS HOLY AND JUST
In civil law, a good judge must punish crime. If he turns a blind eye to injustice, then
he is corrupt and he himself should be punished.
"Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and truth go
before your face" (Psalm 89:14).
In one ten year period in the United States, 63,000 murderers were never brought to
justice. These were unsolved crimes. If God turns a blind eye to those murderers,
then He is corrupt by nature. It makes sense that if He is good and just, He should
be angry with those who have taken the lives of others, and He should punish
murderers, rapists, etc.
This is the teaching of the Bible—that God will "by no means clear the guilty." He
"will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether it is good
or whether it is evil," "God is angry with the wicked every day."
THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH
"...sin is transgression of the Law" (1 John 3:4)
Do you consider yourself to be a good person? Most people do. However, most of
us differ as to the definition of "good." The Bible says that God is good, and the Ten
Commandments are His standard of goodness. So, we will look at God's Law . . .
With a tender conscience, ask yourself if you have obeyed the following:
You shall have no other gods before Me
Does your check book/spending, calendar and topics of conversation show God is
first in your life? Do you love a hobby, sport, money, job or relationship more than
God? Do you involve God in all decisions in your life, or are you your own "god"?
You shall not make for yourself a graven image or any likeness of any thing that is in
heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Do you possess anything that receives more of your time and focus than God?
You shall not take God's name in vain
Have you ever used God’s name a curse word or expression of disgust or said "Oh
Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy
Do you set aside one day a week to rest from work and worship God?
Honor your father and mother
Do you respect your parents by giving them quality time, focused attention and
regular expressions of love? Have you always obeyed your parents? Have you ever
cursed them or hit them?
You shall not murder Have you ever hated someone?
1 John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no
murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
You shall not commit adultery Have you ever looked at a married person or picture
of a married person with lust?
Matthew 5:27-28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not
commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust
after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
You shall not steal
Have you ever taken anything, even something small?
Have you stolen time from your employer by taking a longer lunch hour or not
working a full day?
Do you give to the Lord’s work?
You shall not lie
Have you ever told a "white" lie or "fib"? Are you allowing others to believe
something about you that both God and you know are untrue?
Do you lie to protect your reputation?
You shall not covet
Have you ever wanted something that belonged to someone else? A position? A
relationship? Something they owned?
Are you obsessed with acquiring things that are not needs?
The Bible says in James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet
offend in one point, he is guilty of all . So if we have broken one commandment, we
are guilty of breaking them all! After death we must face God in judgment. (Hebrews
9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:) . The
Bible says that God will punish all murderers, rapists, thieves, liars, adulterers, etc.
He will even judge our words and thoughts. On Judgment Day, will you be found to
be guilty or innocent of breaking His commandments?
Perhaps you think that God is good, and will therefore overlook your sins. But it is
His goodness that will make sure that murderers, rapists, thieves, liars, etc. receive
justice. He would be a corrupt Judge if He turned a blind eye to injustice. Have you
kept the Commandments?
The Bible says that the Law is perfect. It commands you to be perfect (Matthew 5:
48). Are you perfect (in thought, word, and deed)? Will you make it to Heaven? You
may say that you are still good, but God says you're not (see Psalm 14:2-3). So one
of you is lying, and the Scriptures tell us that it is impossible for God to lie.
Remember that all liars will be cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:8). God's
Law demands justice, and the penalty for sinning against Him is death and Hell.
Listen carefully if you want to live.
GOD IS RICH IN MERCY TO ALL THAT CALL UPON HIM
"But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us..."
A youth once borrowed a fast car, and in a drunken stupor, sped through his home
town at 120 m.p.h. Since everything was horse-drawn in his country town, there was
no laws against speeding. So the council passed a law saying that 60 m.p.h. was
the maximum speed, and that any transgressors would be fined $100 for every m.p.
h. over the speed limit.
On his way back through the town, the speedster decided to pull the same prank.
He was apprehended, tried, and found guilty by his father, who was the town's only
judge. He was fined $6,000, and because he had no money and no words of
defense, the youth was led off to prison.
As he sat in despair in prison, his father appeared at the door, and told him that he
had sold all is own prized possessions and paid the fine for him. The son couldn't
believe that he loved him that much. They embraced as they never had before, and
walked off in a new-found relationship, bounded together with love.
That's a picture of what God did for us through the Gospel.
We have all broken the Law a multitude of times, but God came to this earth in the
person of Jesus Christ, and paid the fine for us?"For God so loved the world that
He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but
have everlasting life." The Bible says, "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God
is eternal life, through Christ Jesus our Lord."
THE GOODNESS OF GOD
Jesus satisfied Eternal Justice, then rose from the dead, so that God can grant us
eternal life. But just as we cannot earn a gift, so we cannot earn eternal life by our
good works "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of
yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone boast."
ETERNAL LIFE IS IN JESUS CHRIST
"He who hears My word and believes on Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and
shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life" (John 5:24).
Life's greatest mystery, death, was destroyed by the One who said, "I am the way,
the truth, and the life..." The Bible says, "He who has the Son, has life..."
To find the way to God, to understand the truth of God's Word, and to receive the
gift of eternal life, begin by repentance and faith in His Word. Next be baptized,
read your Bible and find a local Bible teaching church to attend so you can worship
God and have fellowship with other Christians.
If you have repented and trusted in Jesus, then you can now partake of the
blessings of "the New Covenant." Here are some God's exceedingly great and
You passed from death to life.
You are cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ—God has removed your sins as far
as the east is from the west.
As you read the Bible daily, it will come alive to you and cause you to grown in your
When you pray, God will hear you and answer your prayers.
God will "keep you from falling, and present you faultless before the presence of His
glory, with exceeding joy."