Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
What the Bible Says
Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doest the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matthew 7:21-23)
Myths about How to Get to Heaven
It is sad but quite possible that one can be religious but lost. Many people think they are going to heaven because of the following:
- Keeping the Law. Though the Ten Commandments are God’s absolute standards of conduct, no mortal has every fully kept all His laws, nor could one reach heaven by trying. The Bible clearly states: "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin." (Romans 3:20)
- Being good to others. It is commendable to do good, to give to charity, and to work hard at your job, but these acts can never save anyone. "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us." (Titus 3:5)
- Regular church attendance. Although one attends church on a regular basis, prays and tithes, he can still not go to heaven. These acts are good within themselves, but they can never justify sinners before a holy God. "We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags." (Isaiah 64:6)
- Working in church. Our salvation is a gift from God. We cannot work for salvation, not even the work we do in the church. God has clearly declared: "For by grace are you saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. "(Ephesians 2:8-9)
- Baptism and Holy Communion. By observing the church ordinance of being baptized and partaking of Holy Communion does not constitute salvation. Baptism and Communion will not automatically get you into heaven. The Bible shows clearly that these are of spiritual value only when one believes in Jesus Christ.
- Born of Christian parents. Children born into Christian homes need to be saved like anyone else. God has no grandchildren — only children. We are heir to the throne and joint heir with Jesus Christ. "As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (1 John 1:12-13)
- Confirmation. Penances. Extreme Unction. As the basis for going to heaven, none of these is the real issue. A person could very well go through all of these actions without having settled the real issue of salvation "That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. "(Romans 10:9)
God's Way to Salvation
The Bible gives the requirement to go to heaven. The one and the only way to spend eternity with God in heaven is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Because we cannot save ourselves by good works, good character, personal effort, or merit of any kind, God sent His Son to die as a substitute for sinners.
When the Lord Jesus died on Calvary’s cross and rose again on the third day, He finished all the work necessary for salvation. Now all that God requires is that we receive Christ as our Savior.
Conclusion of the Matter
When a sinner trusts the Savior, he is saved, and on the authority of God’s word has everlasting life and is bound for heaven.
Jesus said, "He that heareth My word and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life" (John 5:24).
Will you accept God’s way of salvation? The choice is yours. You may continue to trust in those aforementioned things and go straight to hell without Christ.
The other choice is to believe in Jesus Christ and be saved and make heaven your eternal home.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. (Acts 16:31)
Other Articles About Heaven
Gary on February 24, 2011:
Great hub, everyone needs to know that Jesus is the one and only way to heaven. Remember, our work for God will earn us rewards in heaven, but we can't earn our ticket to heaven, only the blood of Christ washes away sin. His grace is a free gift for all who will accept it. He will lead us to eternal life, but not force us. If some reject Jesus, He will give them what they want, a life eternal without Him, in darkness and lake of fire.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 21, 2011:
Betty, I wanted to share this list because you and I both know that some people think they will get to heaven that way. The good news is that we only have to BELEVE and RECEIVE Jesus as our Savior. Jesus paid the price for us. He did it all with His death on the cross.
Betty Johansen on February 21, 2011:
A beautiful hub! I think it's important to point out the things that won't get us to Heaven, just in case a reader is trusting in something or someone other than Jesus. And then you gave the good news - all we have to do is believe and receive Jesus as Savior. Hallelujah!
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 19, 2011:
Dian'swords4u: Thanks for sharing this with me. That is wonderful what you did today at the Evangelism Conference. I can tell you are passionate about evangelism. So, I am glad you got a chance to give a presentation.
Dian'swords4u from North Carolina on February 19, 2011:
AMEN !! This is the only way to heaven and I know that I am going. just gave a presentation at an evangelism conference in our association today and this was the main thing. Leading people to Christ and then discipling them to teach them about being a christian and training them to lead others to Christ. We are in a 20/20 program where each one reaches one and by the year 2020 we will have doubled the number of christinas in this country and world. That would be a wonderful thing. My part in this program was to help people write their Salvation story and be able to share it. This is our gift from God is our story of our Salvation. Each one is different and God will use it to help us win others to Christ. We just have to be ready at all times so that when God encourages us to speak to someone about Salvation we are ready and can do his work.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 19, 2011:
Dave, thanks for reading and responding.
Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on February 19, 2011:
Eternal Life and salvation with God is found through JOHN: 3: 16-18 Our good deeds here on earth defines our rewards for services rendeded.
Both are required for admittance into Eternal Heaven.