Every person on this planet has an eternal destiny. We will all experience the after life somewhere. The only choices, according to God’s Word, are heaven and hell, which are real places.
Heaven is the place where God resides. The Bible tells us that in heaven there will be no crying, sadness, tears or heartache. And there is much more to heaven than just lying around playing harps and eating “bon bons”. We will have responsibilities doing things that we enjoy. And, yes, all of our loved ones who have died in Christ will be there! What a glorious reunion that will be for many of us! We will also see the saints of old that are written about in the Bible: Moses, Noah, Joseph, Daniel, and Paul, and we will have an
eternity to get to know them. But, most importantly, we will see our Savior, Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that we might live eternally with Him.
Hell, on the other hand, is a place of unending torment, fear, and pain. It was designed for Satan and his demons as a place of eternal punishment. Those who reject Christ’s offer of salvation will end up here. There is no way to cross the gulf between heaven and hell and there can be no change of heart once a person finds themselves there. The outstanding feature of hell is the absence of God himself.
The Bible tells us that we are all sinners, having inherited our sin nature from Adam.
“There is none righteous, no not one.” Romans 3:10 (KJV)
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 (NIV)
Since we are sinners and cannot be in the presence of a holy God (in heaven) and because sin requires a punishment, Jesus took the payment for our sin and died on the cross for us. Because of his great love for us, God sacrificed his only son so that we might live.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV)
Please know that being a good person will not allow you to gain entrance into heaven. The only way is through Jesus Christ.
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'” John 14:6 (NIV)
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 (NIV)
This gift of salvation and redemption is a gift offered to all people and it is free. No one is excluded. But, it is up to us to receive it.
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 (NIV)
“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” Romans 10:13 (NIV)
And we know from scripture and historical record, that 3 days after Jesus was crucified on the cross, he rose from the tomb, appeared to many followers and ascended to heaven where he sits at the right hand of God, the Father. He is waiting to return to earth one day to bring all believers home with him.
Becoming a Christian is actually as simple as ABC.
A – Admit to God you are a sinner
B – Believe that Jesus is the son of God and that he died on the cross for your sins
C – Confess your faith in Jesus as your Savior and Lord ( tell someone )
Once you have come to know Christ and are a part of his family, you can be assured of where you will spend eternity! Now find a place in which to fellowship with other Christians where you can grow in your faith and in the knowledge of his Word. Welcome to the family of God!
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)