The Church: Heaven: People by Brian Fletcher

The Church: Heaven: People
Brian Fletcher
Romans 3:23, 3:10, 3:20

Intro: How can I get to heaven? ''You gotta be dead!''

1. Who will be in Heaven?
The classic question is simply this:
If you were to stand at the gates of heaven and God asked you ''Why should I let you into my heaven?
What would your answer be?
Most people will answer that question this way...I hope that you God will see that I tried really hard to do the right thing, that I tried to help people to the best of my ability and while I know that I am not perfect, I think my good deeds outweighed my bad deeds. And for that I think you should let me into heaven. I am a basically good person and I know that because you are a loving God you would never let a basically good person go to hell.
So some would answer the question, Who will be in heaven? ''All the basically good people?''
But who decides how good is good enough?
Well, God decides.
Then how do you know if you have lived up to God's standards enough? Wouldn't always be living in fear that you were good but maybe not quite good enough?
In order for us to be good enough in God's eyes we would have to be perfect. But the problem is… nobody is perfect.

The Bible points this out to us:
Rom. 3:23
Rom. 3:10

The Bible also talks about what God thinks of our righteousness
Isaiah 64:6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
Rom. 3:20

But it isn't fair that God will only allow perfect people to get into heaven. He is gonna be awfully lonely.

But do you really want to go to heaven if it is made up of only people who do good some of the time? Look at the world around's made up of basically good people. Seriously, do you want heaven to look like this? Good people can really make a mess of things, and this world is a complete catastrophe. And we can't blame it on God because He's perfect, we ...

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