Maybe you’ve already visited us or perhaps are still thinking about it, but have some big questions. In any case, you’re not alone. Here are our answers to some very common questions we’ve all asked at some point in life:
Am I good enough to go to heaven?
Nope…not on your own.
Although it may sound harsh, there is great news in Jesus Christ! The Bible says that none of us are good enough to go to heaven on our own merit. According to the Bible, we have all gone astray (Isaiah 53:6), all have sinned (Romans 3:23), and none are worthy (Romans 3:10). It also says that even the good things we do are
like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). All this makes the love of God even that much sweeter.
You’re not good enough to go to heaven on your own, but Jesus has prepared the way for you. He lived the perfect life that you couldn’t live, and died the death you should’ve died, paying the sacrifice you couldn’t pay. You’re not good enough to get to heaven on your own, but Jesus is. And he says, “Follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)
Is Jesus really the only way?
Yep…but don’t take our word for it. Jesus himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Many people try many ways to get to heaven. But only one man lived a perfect life, and paid the sacrifice for you. His name is Jesus. Though there have been a lot of great men and women throughout history, none were the Son of God like Jesus was. So none could live the life He lived, die the death he died, and offer you true life like he does.
Can we trust the Bible?
Yep…but there is a step of faith required in that trust.
The Bible is God’s inspired, inerrant, infallible word. God has preserved exactly what we need “that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3-4) in the pages of Scripture. The picture that the Bible itself paints is that Scripture is “breathed out” by God, useful “for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16) But to fully trust something, you’ve got to take a step of faith. And trusting the Bible is no different. Read it for yourself. Wrestle with its claims. Live out the truths it calls us to live out. Find out for yourself its trustworthiness.
What translation of the Bible should I read?
There are plenty of good translations that we’d suggest. Dr. Walton typically preaches from the New International Version (NIV), so if you’d like to follow along with him word-for-word, this is the one for you. It’s a nice, “readable” translation.
The New Living Translation is one that’s a little easier to understand, especially if you’re reading through the Scriptures with your children. It’s written on a 5th grade reading level.
Either translation is good. And though there are many other good translations to choose from, these are two we’d suggest if you’re exploring scripture for the first time.
Is hell a real place?
Yep…it sure is. Jesus talked about it. He said it was a place where the suffering never ends (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:48). It’s a curse worse than “being drowned in the sea.” (Mark 9:42) The pain of Hell will produce “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:12)
Hell is the place reserved for those who reject Jesus in this life. Hell is a real place, is scary, and is (unfortunately) coming for many people. This grieves us, and motivates us to live self-sacrificially so that others might see the beauty of Christ that we see.
Can I lose my salvation?
Jesus said “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” John 10:27-29
Salvation is a gift (Ephesians 2:8) that God doesn’t take away (Philippians 1:6). When someone is living in a pattern of sin, a better question to ask might be, “Was I ever saved?” We know that people saved by God live a changed life. If someone isn’t living a changed life, there’s the real (and scary) chance that they’re not saved. To which we’d reply, “Be saved!”
Salvation is too precious of a gift for God to remove it once given. God gives us His Holy Spirit, a deposit guaranteeing His fulfillment. (Ephesians 1:14) When He gives the Holy Spirit, He doesn’t take that away.
Do I have to be baptized?
Baptism isn’t required for salvation, but is the first step of faith for new believers. The water we use isn’t special. Touching it doesn’t save anyone… it’s Jesus that does that. Baptism is a picture of the work that Jesus has done in a person’s heart.
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