Alan Clark (24
"The Son Question"
The Son Question
"For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it
says, 'The stone that you builders rejected has now become the
cornerstone.' There is salvation in no one else! God has given
no other name under heaven by which we must be saved."
The conventional wisdom about what happens when you die is that
you will stand before God, and if you did enough good works that
outweighed your bad works, then you get into heaven, because
heaven is for good people. And good people go to heaven.
Then the other belief is that if you have done enough bad things
that outweigh your good works, then you will go to hell, because
hell is for bad people. Heaven is for good people who get in by
good works, while hell is for bad people who do bad things.
But that is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that
hell is prepared for the devil and his angels (see Matthew
25:41); it isn't prepared for bad people at all.
Heaven is the dwelling place of God, and the way you get into
heaven is on the basis of what you did with Jesus. What God will
want to know is did you believe in Jesus Christ?
Even if you have lived a wicked life and sinned throughout all
of it, if on your deathbed you were to call out to the Lord
Jesus Christ in genuine repentance, you would go to heaven. But
if you lived a good life and have been a relatively moral person
and have done good deeds, but you have never put your faith in
Jesus Christ, then you would not go to heaven. And by the way,
your good works never would outweigh your bad works. So be
thankful that is not what you will be judged for.
The assurance that we will go to heaven is not as our culture
often sees it, but this is as the Bible teaches it. It is the
Son question—not the sin question.