Have you ever felt as if somehow in your life, you are falling short? Do you at times feel inadequate? Perhaps somehow, you feel as if you aren’t “morally good enough.” If you have ever had these kinds of feelings, you are not alone. The Gospel is a message that speaks to people who feel this way.
In the Beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.(Genesis 1:1) When God initially created everything, he said that what he created was very good.(Genesis 1:31.) God created two people, Adam and Eve. God told them that they should not eat of the fruit of a certain tree, which is known as the Tree of Good and Evil. However, there is a being named Satan, who was cast out from the Heavens. He wants to become ruler of everything, so he wants to ruin God’s Creation.
Satan approaches Eve. Satan says, “Why not eat from this tree in the garden?” Eve replies, “God said that we eat from the tree, we will surely die.” Satan replies, “Oh, Eve, can’t you see? You won’t surely die. If you eat of the tree, you will become like God. God doesn’t want you to eat from the fruit, because he doesn’t want anyone to be greater than he.”
At this point, Adam and Eve eat of the forbidden tree, and then the Creation is cursed. Some may say, “What? The Creation was cursed for eating from a tree? Give me a break.” What needs to be realized is this: That moment where Adam and Eve consciously chose not to listen to God is the very moment where new, arbitrary standards for good and evil were set. Mankind now has its own set of arbitrary standards, which are in direct opposition to God’s perfect standard of goodness.
The very moment that anyone violates God’s law, they are not able to enter the Gates of Heaven. Heaven is a wonderful place where there is no pain or suffering, but only bliss. However, when we disobey God, we are not able to get into Heaven by our own works.
If we were to get into Heaven by works, the question would become, “How much good is actually good enough?” If good works were the way to get into heaven, then how could we be justified in trusting God? God has revealed himself as an ABSOLUTE standard of goodness. A God that is truly all-good could never accept something as arbitrary as “doing more good than bad” as a standard in which to allow people to go to heaven. Such a notion would make God’s own standard for good arbitrary.
What we have here is a fundamental problem, or you could say a human condition. We are now separated from God, and we recognize that no amount of goodness would be enough to extinguish our bad deeds from God’s sight when we approach him to be judged in the afterlife. Not one human is righteous, not even one.(Romans 3:10). The human condition is that we are here on this planet, in the midst of pain and suffering, and it seems that there is no way that any of this would ever stop. There is no resolution, but instead, we have tension.
This is where the love of God comes in. God, in his wisdom, became man. He lived under the very law that he set for us for 33 years as the person of Jesus Christ. Some may complain that God’s law is too strict, but God showed himself justified in giving us these laws because he was able to follow them himself. God, as Jesus Christ, did not do bad things, not even once. God himself endured ridicule, persecution, watching others suffer, and Crucifixion.
The only way for us to be able to enter heaven without compromising God’s own character was that if someone who was blameless died as a sacrifice for us. God himself fulfilled that mission as the person of Jesus Christ. Through Christ, our sins are covered. All we must do to accept this gift is believe. The Bible says:
“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10:9-10)
It is not by our own works that we are saved. Christians are not any better than anyone else apart from Jesus Christ. It is Jesus Christ who makes us blameless when we enter heaven. Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven. There are no prerequisites to accepting Jesus Christ. Do not buy into the lie that you have to be a good person in order to be saved and to go to heaven. This gift is a gift that anyone can accept. All you must do is believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, and believe that he died on the cross, and rose from the dead, and you will be saved.
We find the resolution for the human condition in Revelations 21:4:
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
We want you to know that you can be assured of eternal prosperity. This isn’t just some message that one must base faith on. Rather, it is a message that God has revealed to us, and there really is evidence not only for God, but there is evidence that Jesus Christ rose again. We ask that you think of the implications a world that has abundant evidence of the God who revealed the way of salvation in your life. We invite you to browse this site, and we want you to know that there really IS hope. You can have eternal life!