Heaven is not the default destination after someone dies. Hell is our default destination according to the Bible. But God has made a provision for every person to go to heaven if they choose to believe in the Savior – Jesus Christ. As we read in the newspaper obituary – They have gone to heaven. They will never say – anyone has gone to hell. Some even believe that even if the deceased had been a bad person the people on earth can bribe god by some rituals or money and can get him a place into heaven.
According to the Bible there are two eternal destinations for everyone that leaves his physical temporal body and physical temporal world. No one roams about as wandering spirit (bhatakti aatma) on this earth. There is no confusion in the eternal world. The moment a spirit leaves they go to whom they believed and belong – God or Satan (false god). These two eternal worlds are called Heaven and hell. Heaven is a place of abode for the saints and hell is the place of abode for the sinners. There is no third category or third place where anyone who leaves this planet earth goes. One truth that everyone must know is that ALL are sinners. More than sin being external it is internal. Man is a sinner not because of the deeds of sin but because he is born in sin or has a sin nature. So, whether he is good or bad he is still a sinner when judged according to God’s standard of holiness and righteousness.
Many believe that to go to heaven you have to be a good person. But how much good is good? No one knows. Others belief revolves around doing good deeds. There are others who believe that their religious rituals will be their ticket into heaven. The Bible is truth from God and heaven for all mankind. The way to heaven is by God Himself. There is no one or nothing of this natural human life or earth life that can merit us heaven. That is why Jesus told the most righteous, religious, elderly, rich, influential person named Nicodemus – That unless a man is born again he cannot enter heaven. This eliminates anything of human to enter heaven. You need the life of heaven and no man has the life of Heaven accept Jesus who came from Heaven.
That is why Jesus said – I have come that human beings may have heaven life or God kind of life, not religion. Religion is man’s way to reach heaven and Jesus is God’s way or grace way without man made efforts or religion to go to Heaven. We cannot pay our own way.
The Bible says:
- No one comes to God the Father except through Jesus (John 14:6)
- There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved except JESUS” (Acts 4:12)
- Jesus also declared that He is the only way to God: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). Again, looking at the Greek, Jesus didn’t use the words “a way,” He said “the way”
Because of Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross on behalf of the whole world, God freely offers forgiveness, to anyone who believes. The open arms of God’s salvation is waiting for everyone. God won’t force anyone to come to heaven neither does he force anyone to hell. He respects everyone’s free will. We must know that every human being is, by nature, a sinful being. The Bible says that our efforts at doing “good deeds” are not acceptable in the sight of God (Ephesians 2:8-9). God alone is holy. God alone is good. So, God has made a way for sinful human beings to enter into His heaven. God is the only perfect Being in the entire universe, and He came to earth 2,000 years ago, as a man — Jesus. His mother was a virgin by the name of Mary. But, Mary was not impregnated by a man, but by the Holy Spirit of the Living God. She gave birth to the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
God’s eternal law says that the wages of sin is death which is eternal separation from God into hell. But Christ came on this earth by the name of Jesus who did no sin, knew no sin and in Him was no sin. The righteous one became a payment for the unrighteous. Being God he could reach to every corner of the earth. So on the cross all of man’s sin and it’s consequences were included and Jesus paid for the sin of mankind. Once accepted in Heaven Jesus became the eternal sacrifice of the sin of the whole world. Now God could freely forgive anyone who believes in Jesus as Savior and Lord. It’s by grace from God and your believing in Jesus who is grace that saves you or takes you into heaven not our self-effort or good works. As our heart is evil our deeds also become evil. If the tree is good the fruit is good if the tree is bead the fruit is bad.
God does not accept any person’s works unless he has a new nature. This nature is of God Himself. Jesus came to give mankind this new nature. Anyone who believes in Jesus has the nature of God and through this nature flows good works which is accepted by God. For God does not give glory to any man. None of man’s efforts of good works can save a man. Rites and rituals done after a person is deceased saves no person in the eyes of God for God cannot be bribed. His judgment is set once he leaves his temporal body and this temporal world.
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