Can being good get us into heaven?
Oprah Denies Jesus Christ – YouTube. Is it possible to enter heaven by being good? Over and over I come across this idea. God would certainly welcome a person who does good, and helps other, into heaven. How could God be just, and keep a good person out of heaven? It would make no sense, they say, or who would even want to worship such an unjust God as that? What does the Bible have to say on this subject?
Rom.:3.10As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
To each other, according to our own standards, some people certainly appear to live better lives then others. But our standards fall vastly short of God’s
Rom.3:19-20. 19Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.20Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Paul here tells us that all the world is guilty before God, and the law was given not for man to follow perfectly, but that by the law we would come to know and recognize that we are all sinners in need of a Savior.
Rom. 16:17-18 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
No amount of good works will ever get us into heaven. Only faith in Jesus, and his finished work on the cross, can do that.
Ephesians 2:8-9 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:9Not of works, lest any man should boast.