Do good people go to heaven? The answer is no. Surprisingly, however, this is good news. It’s fortunate for us that getting into heaven is not about being a good person because all of us have, at one time or another, done things we’re not proud of. We’ve stolen, lied, cheated, hurt people, talked behind people’s backs, hated them unjustly, been filled with jealousy, etc, etc, on and on…
If getting into heaven were about being a good person, none of us would make it. Fortunately, however, God has set the standard for getting into heaven, and it’s not about what we do but about what He did.
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this
world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit
who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the
cravings of our sinful nature and following its
desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in
mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in
transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in
the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
in order that in the coming ages he might show the
incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to
us in Christ Jesus.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and
this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God —
not by works, so that no-one can boast.
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do
good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:1-10)
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