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  • Jesus Christ Himself said, "I am the way, the truth and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6 NKJV). If humankind could have reached God any other way, Jesus would not have had to die. His voluntary death on the cross makes this fact even more compelling. Christians are not superior to any other person. A person who believes Jesus Christ is the only Son of God and proclaims that truth is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread. How can a God of love send someone to hell? God doesn't send anyone to hell. It was never His design to send people to hell. It breaks the heart of God to see people, made in His image, make the deliberate choice to go to hell. Hell was not made for people; it was made for the angelic being, Satan, who rebelled against God. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus says the everlasting fire was prepared for the devil and his angels. Scripture also teaches, "[God] is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). That is why God sent Jesus to die on the cross in our place--to bridge the gap between sinful people and a Holy God. The gates of hell are locked from the inside. If you end up in hell, you will practically have to climb over Jesus to get there.
  • Only 144 000 go to Heaven read Rev 14:1-6, if you do not believe in Jesus or God. It does'nt matter, because during Judgement Day the righteous and the unrighteous will get a chance to learn about God. After Judgement Day Satan will be released from the abyss one more time to cause suffering and temptation on to everyone. And those who disobey God will perish with Satan. Those who obey God's laws during this time will inherit the Paradise Earth as it was in the Garden of Eden. As that was God's intial plans for mankind. All of this is in the Book of Revelation
  • I suspect there is more to Jewish/Christian belief than the doctrine derived from any version of the Bible you can quote. God can make the "rules" as comprehensive as he wishes. I believe he is very perceptive and not limited by the same lack of perspective as humans. I would add that most religions, as opposed to beliefs, believe in a reward for compliance and a punishment for non-compliance. This is not a uniquely Christian concept.
  • Yes because that is what all people deserve and Christ is the only way anyone can get out of what they deserve. I'm sorry but I'm not one to shy away from the brutal reality of it all.
  • Christ was very clear on this point. He died for the sins of all people everywhere. Christ wasn't selective, nor should we be.
  • It is my understanding that they will go to hell, but I don't believe that the Bible says that they will burn in hell and be tortured forever, as many seem to suggest. The only ones that I believe will receive this type of punishment are the devil, the beast, and the false prophet. Rev. 20:10 "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." I understand that all others will be burnt up and die. Rev. 21:8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolators, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." The dead can't be tormented because it says in Ecclesiastes 9:5 "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten." As far as the comment about accepting Christ after death: Romans 10:9 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." You would have to interpret this passage for yourself.
  • Though I'm not a Christian, I do study Christian beliefs extensively, so would like to post my thoughts : ) Psalm 146:3-4: "Put not your trust…in the son of man…His breath goes forth, he returns to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish." Ecc. 9:5: "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten" Ecc. 3:19-20: "For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even one thing befalls them: as the one dies, so dies the other; yes, they have all one breath; so that a man has no pre-eminence above a beast…All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again" Psalm 115:17: "The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence." Psalm 6:5: "For in death there is no remembrance of you: in the grave who shall give You thanks?" Ok, so the above passages I think quite clearly explain that in death there is nothingness, you are unaware, 'asleep' you could say, you are not cast into hell, or raised into heaven upon death. John 5:28-29: (Jesus speaking) "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which ALL that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation [Greek: Judgement]" I really think people should let the Bible interpret and explain itself, as soon as people put personal spins on things, it can no longer possibly be considered divine word; Jesus says "Marvel not at this:" because he knew people would be surprised, he says 'ALL' that are in the graves, not some... So from this we can gather that when we die, we are unconscious, awaiting resurrection and either eternal life, or judgement :) Psa. 17:15: "As for me, I will behold Your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Your likeness" <- he understands that resurrection is an 'awakening' Job 14:13-15: "O that You would hide me in the grave, that You would keep me secret, until Your wrath be past, that You would appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man die, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. You shall call, and I will answer You" Ok, here's the complex one: I Corinthians 15:51-52, 54: "Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump…the dead shall be raised…and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, death is swallowed up in victory." Just as Job knew that he would be "changed", David knew that he would "awake", and Paul knew that Christians will be "changed" — that they will awaken from "sleep" — at the time of the resurrection. At the resurrection, people will literally awaken from death Clearly, Jesus himself, as well as David, Paul, & Job all understood that death is much like sleep, and the resurrection is an awakening, where we will be allowed into eternal life, or face Judgement (and then either cast down, or allowed into eternal life) To show that we ALL will die, and we ALL will face judgement: Heb. 9:27: "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the Judgement" Yeah, I think the Bible really does speak for itself in all of this... Every passage which supports the idea of 'hell' says that it is not everlasting, but 'age' lasting, some passages say 6'000 years, others 1'000 years, but none actually say eternal, for an eternity in hell is 'eternal life' isn't it? It is a contradiction, and is unsupported by the Bible... it is a tool of scaremongering really, using the Bible as 'truth', the idea of 'eternal' hell is a lie, plain and simple... *shrugs* Letting the Bible interpret itself, reading it for face-value, death is much like sleep, we rot in the ground, and await Judgement day, where we are given an opportunity to be either saved, or cast down... http://www.thercg.org/books/ttah.html?gclid=CP3K6NO644YCFRv7SAodbXb_Nw Is a very interesting site I got parts of this from, there was a 2nd website I've been reading lately, but have lost the address, will update if/when I find it again (I double checked most of the passages I quoted, they are all accurate and straight from the Bible, they aren't 'my' words, they are the Bible's words)
  • EDIT sorry this was meant to be a comment to 144,000 comment.. Not an answer to the question. I placed it in the wrong place. The 144,000 is normally the Jehovah Witness point of view. Revelations does imply that. Just to put it into perspective. There are about 7 billion people around today. (Over 6.5 billion June 2006 June 2006 with +3 every 0.04 seconds) Lets assume that no one else ever lived before those around today (silly but bear with me). That would mean only about one in 5000 people go to heaven. If we assume that about 7 billion people have died so far - that makes it 1 in 10,000. So this caring God sends, 99.99% of the people he created to hell!!!! Thats only so far of course. Give it another 50 years and another 7 billion+ may have been born.. Even those that do not beleive in the world being older than 4000 years will normally accept over 6 billion people today - so thats 99.97% of us aregoing to hell..... I dont feel so bad being an atheist after all.
  • I've yet to meet or hear about any one person who does "everything" right. And who's to say what is right?
  • Heaven is specific for believing in god, being baptized, and asking forgiveness for their sins. They would go to hell by christian beliefs.
  • HELL! AArrrGGGGGHHH! And that is according to "christianity", not me!
  • Hell. Even looking with envious desire at your next door neighbour's new Passat is enough to do it as "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of god". Some of the more fundamental folk will tell you that you really do deserve eternal punishment for that too. When I was a churchy, the best analogy I had was "an arrow that misses the target by a millimetre still misses". Yeah, it is a bit of a niffy concept IMHO...
  • According to the Bible the only way to heaven is through accepting Jesus' sacrifice on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. Unless you do that then all you have to look forward to after you die is permanent separation form God. Most Christian religions believe that the place you spend eternity will be in hell with Satan and his demons. The good news is that everyone is eligible for salvation and no one has to go there if they don't want to. When Jesus died he did it for all men and to cover all sins for all time. The Bible also says that works alone can't get you into heaven. Jesus also told the rich young man that he had to give up his riches and come follow him. He meant that nothing in our lives should be more important to us than he is. The guy in the story lived a good life and did everything right, but Jesus wants more than that. He demands that you put him first in you life. If you do this then works of faith will follow. The Bible also says that faith without works is dead.
  • If you don't accept Christ as your personal saviour you don't go to heaven. It's a gift that is offered to all, you are not being forced to, it is a persons choice, not Gods. In any case I think that the hell in the bible is metaphor or being seperated from God not a literal place of torment. You may not agree with it but that is what hristians believe, take it or leave it, your choice.
  • Jesus said words to the effect of, "In my father's house there are many rooms", which infers to me that there are different levels.
  • Depends which Christian you talk to.
  • As a Christian I believe that God sent His only Son to earth to be sacrificed so that I, being a sinful human, can be saved. I will not say that if you do not accept Jesus as your Savior you will not go to Heaven, it is not my job to judge who will or will not enter Heaven. So, yes I believe that the only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ, but no I will not say that you are going to hell if you don't-not my job!! One day we will all know the true answer. In His grasp, <:))))<>< My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge.--Psalm 62:7
  • Yes, they are going to hell if they do not believe in the Jesus Christ of the Bible. Jesus said He is the only way to God. (see John 14:6) God is a holy God, He demands that sin be paid for. Either we die and go to the lake of fire forever, or somone who never sinned would have to suffer and die in our place. The Bible says in Hebrews says that sin cannot be remitted without shedding of blood. Jesus Christ, the Perfect Son of God, became the Passover Lamb and bled and died for us, who were hell-deserving sinners. Neither Buddha, nor Moses, nor Muhammud, nor Mary, nor the Pope, did that for you, and none of them rose from the dead. Dead people can't save anyone. Jesus is alive today, and He is God. (John 1:1) Thank you and God bless you!
  • That belief condemns the billions who lived between Adam and Jesus including big names like Abraham, Noah and Moses who devoted their lives to getting people to believe in God. It doesn’t stop there, it even condemns the billions who believed and continue to believe in Jesus. These are the Muslims whose faith requires them to believe in Jesus and all true Prophets of God going back to Adam. The irony here is that the Muslims are closer in beliefs and practices to Christ than the people who are condemning them to hell in the name of Christ. Here are just a few examples of what Muslims do and Christ would have done but hardly any Christian does – be very strict in their monotheism, use “peace be with you” as a greeting, not eat the pig, circumcise their sons, wash before prayers, take their shoes off before entering places of prayers, prostrate in their prayers, fast regularly, wear long robes and headdress, accept that their women cover themselves fully.
  • I am a Christian & I don't care what my fellow Christians say, I know some atheists and Jews & chances are if there is a hell, I'll be going there before them & I believe in Jesus
  • Because... Jesus said the only way to get to my father is through me... And God talks about if you don't accept Christ into your life, you will have your place in the lake of fire (Hell), so read more before you ask questions about what's already there.....
  • Got that right!!! Sounds crude.... but so true!!
  • Read John 3:3 in the Bible. It's not the believing in Christ, it's the Receiving of Him as your personal savior. To be "born again", means to receive Christ as Lord and Master of your being, your life, and your eternal salvation. Yes, this is the only way to get to Heaven.
  • The fact that it's true. "The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life." Romans 6:23. The death referred to here is eternal separation from God in hell. "I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the father but by me." John 14:6.
  • Well, i did not read the comments before, as i am runnign out of time ... must go to bed.. but i felt liek i should answer this question... In almost every religion there is a name for Jesus Christ... and almost everyoen believe that he is the way to heaven. Yes.. to go to heaven you must believe in chist... but i do not believe that those who did not accept him in this life, are doomed to parish in the ressurection. In all honesty think of the following. What harm can befall you if you choose to walk to path of Jesus? I mean, you treat everyone with respect, helop those in need, so love to everyone... when your last day on this eath comes, would you regreat that you were kind to others, and stayed away from the evil of the world????
  • Ok well then who do you want to believe in in order to make it to heaven God created heaven so therefor of course you have to believe in him to enter His home..Its all in the bible.....
  • &quot;And they say: "None shall enter Paradise unless he be a Jew or a Christian." Those are their (vain) desires. Say: "Produce your proof if ye are truthful." Nay,-WHOEVER submits His whole self to God and is a doer of good,- he will get his reward with his Lord; on such shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve." HQ 2:111-112
  • Because Jesus said it. The only way you can say that Jesus was admirable, a good man, a prophet but not the son of God was if you have never actually encounter him or read what he said. He doesn't give us that choice. If you read what he said, there are only three choices that he leaves open to you: He was crazy and should have been locked up, He was a liar, or He was the Son of God. He doesn't leave room for "he was a great prophet but there are other great prophets." There is no scientific proof of who he was or what he did. The invention of science was centuries in the future. However, there is legal proof. Paul was a lawyer, and for much of what he says, he gives the name of the accepted legal number of witnesses to back up what he says. Some of the others do too. He tells the reader of his day, these men saw it and are still living. Go ask them if you don't believe me. He doesn't tell the reader what to think. He says, "Here are the men who witnessed it. Go ask them for yourselves. Assess for yourselves whether these are credible witnesses, or con men in on the con. Don't take my word for it. Question it." If you question Christ, and find him to be what he says he is, then you have to accept it when he says, as the Son of God, "I am the way." If he is the Son of the Creator, part of the creator, there at the creation, and he says I am the only way to God, can you argue with that? Isn't he the highest authority there is? And if he is the way that leads to heaven, in what way is it loving to not share that? I don't mean kill someone if they disagree. A person who does that is not Christian enough. I mean offer the same good and loving things to others that you have yourself. Christ does not condemn us to hell. He doesn't want any of us to go there. He doesn't want even one of us lost. He died and rose again to keep us from it. He broke the fellowship of the trinity and was separated from the love of God for the only time in eternity to keep us from it. He endured the agony of hell for three days to keep us from it. If we go there, it is by our own choice. He will not take our free will and force us into heaven. If we choose to go there, he won't keep us from it. He is trying to fix the world, and he wants people who freely choose love over hate, him and others over self. If we choose not to be part of it, that is our choice.
  • I don't have to say it, read the Bible because it's already been said.
  • thats what Christians believe.... i briefly dated a guy who was Christian and basically yeah I was going to hell because I didnt believe in the same god which was Jesus. Gnarly huh?
  • Because it's true. See John 14:6. Because it's by grace through faith. See Ephesians. Christians, is it 2:8-9? I can't remember the exact reference. The verse about being saved by grace through faith and not of yourself.
  • Because they believe their religion is true. With most religions, the followers believe that people of other religions are somehow doomed.
  • Jesus said that “I am the way and the truth and the life,” Only by accepting him and imitating his life course can anyone enter the heavenly house of the Father because, as Jesus says: “No one comes to the Father except through me.”
  • I only know ,Jesus said, "No man comes to the Father except through ME." HE is ETERNAL LIFE..you can draw your own conclusions...telling or condemning someone to purgatory is something I don't do... I am kinds like Billy Graham...eternal torment ,hell , I am not sure I believe in...I do believe we can be thrown in the "lake of fire" but not for eternity...thats for satan , demons, false prophets... God told us the punishment for sin was death....so, I understand that we will perish forever, no eternal life, just cease to be...but how we 'cease to be' ? your guess is as good as mine...i know that it will be hell and gnawing and gnashing of teeth and much,much wailing when we realize what we gave up
  • that was an excellent answer idne, you cant be saved by either faith or works alone, read James 2 and 3 if you want to be a christian. In James 2 [likely ch2, if not ch3] it says 'faith without works is dead. We demonstrate our faith by works and by baptism [a work] we demonstrate we have chosen to serve God with all our heart, mind and resources [vital force]. The Almighty God is Jehovah [Exodus 6:3, Psalm 83:18] and as we all decend from Adam we all inherit adamic sin. Jesus created Adam under command from his father so he is completely sinless. Adam was and Jesus still is a perfect man, and perfect blood was required to atone for Adams sin. The perfect blood Jesus presented to his father in heaven, his own enables us to have a close relationship with God, Jehovah. Just now until we inherit paradise we have to pray through Jesus for Jehovah, the hearer of prayer [Psalm 65:2] to hear. However soon, those who call on Jehovahs name [Joel 2:32] out of a heart full of faith and put our confidence in him, those who do Gods will and show our faith by publicly telling others [Matthew 28:19,20] and Going house to house {Acts 20:20] so others can inherit the earth [Psalm 37:9-11,27] will be saved. God is so holy and pure he cannot look upon bad, he can't have a relationship directly with sinful humans but this must go through Jesus as high priest. If we don't accept the saving blood of Jesus we will go to the grave [Hades] see Acts 2:27 about Jesus going to Hades, the grave and not suffering Decay.
  • I dont personally believe that Christ is the only way. At least, he couldnt always have been. After Christ died, the only way to heaven, supposedly, was to believe Christ died on the cross for our sins. Right? So, from that moment on... what happened to all those generations of people who never heard the word yet? For nearly one and a half millennia, countless generations of Native American Indians went to hell. That is not the act of a compassionate and caring, just God. I have concluded that, at least until Christ was known, Christ was not the only way into heaven. Either that, or Christians have to give credence to Mormonism as a legitimate word of God in the Americas before the arrival of European Christianity.
  • It is my opinion that in order to reach heaven you have to believe in God and therefore Jesus. I don't believe that nonbelievers will go to hell, I believe that they will suffer the second death, which is total seperation from God.
  • The Bible clearly tells that we must ask Jesus into our lives, we must repent of our sins, be Baptized, and go forth and tell the world about God. The Bible also tells us that Believers and those with Faith, have a place in the new Kingdom, and the Unbelievers, well there is another place for them. The answer is clearly that if you do not accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, how could you expect to go to Heaven? You don't believe in Jesus, then you don't believe in Heaven. Right?
  • If a person doesn't believe in Jesus, why would they want to go where he is?
  • Yes. There will be some who by grace are given life for doing some good to or for the people of God. ( a cup of water given in His name)
  • see www.youtube.com/armedwithtruth firecracr and Acts 24:15
  • From the few answers I have read, they all refer to Jesus as being the only way to heaven. There is another way IF you can live up to it; follow the Mosaic Law to the letter. The only problem,no one can live up to the Mosaic Law; thus Jesus was sent as a substitute to make it easy to enter heaven by the free gift of accepting Him as Saviour. One of the biggest problems with Christanity is the "church" has added their dogma (personal church laws) which are NOT part of the Bible. The church has added to the Bible to "fill in" those areas God forgot. If a law is not written then there is no law. This, almost alone, is the reason Christianity has and is receiving such a bad wrap.
  • First of all I wanted to comment on Twhupfold, but because my comment is too large I decided to add a new answer instead, but after that I would like to answer the question asked. Comment on Twhupfold: Twhupfold, As a christian I like the way you put down your research with bible text included. But I also have to agree with trust. We consist of (emotional) mind (physical) body and (spiritual) soul. I hope I don't have to explain this further, because my knowledge there is narrow. I will not talk much about the mind and body but I want to emphasize the soul part of us humans. The verses you cited speak mostly about the death of the body itself. And it's all true what's in the bible about it. But if you research more about what happens to your soul I can already tell you that the soul doesn't stay with the body. Let's take for example the first text you cited. Psalm 146:4: His breath goes forth, he returns to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish." <-- This is a translation of the King James Version. ( nothing wrong with that) I'll take the Webster's translation also to explain further. Psalm 146:4: His spirit departs, and he returns to the earth. In that very day, his thoughts perish. "His breath goes forth" (KJV) or "His spirit departs" (WEB) speaks about the soul. Breath is a translation of the hebrew words ruach or neshamah. Both mean breath but also means air or soul and spirit depending on the context in which the word is used. So here the bible says that the spirit departs while the body returns to earth and the mind perishes. So where does the soul go? That's a bit more complicated to answer but to make it short I just want to point to these 2 verses: (Webster) Psalm 16:10: For you will not leave my soul in Sheol,Neither will you allow your holy one to see corruption. (KJV) Psalm 16:10: For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. And also ( Webster) Matthew 10:28: Don’t be afraid of those who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. (KJV) Matthew 10:28: And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Answer to the Question: I will try to answer your question on how I personally believe what is true and will try to back it up with the bible. In fact you ask 2 questions. My answer to the first one is: I believe that God is creator of all things visible and not visible to us. (Genesis). I believe that Jesus is the Word of God. John 1:1-4: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. I believe that in the beginning there was God. Before God, there was nothing. John starts with In the beginning was the Word. I believe the Word is Jesus, because he was with God and he is God. All things were made trhough him. Without Jesus nothing was made. He's not only the Word, but he is the Son of God. John 10:28-30 says: 28 I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” Here's more of what I believe. John 5:19-24 says: 19 Jesus therefore answered them, “Most assuredly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father doing. For whatever things he does, these the Son also does likewise. 20 For the Father has affection for the Son, and shows him all things that he himself does. He will show him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom he desires. 22 For the Father judges no one, but he has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who doesn’t honor the Son doesn’t honor the Father who sent him. 24 “Most assuredly I tell you, he who hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and doesn’t come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. John 14:6 says: 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” After Jesus died on the cross, He resurrected on the 3rd day and not long after that he went to Heaven. ( Matthew chapters 27 and 28, Mark Ch. 15 and 16, Luke 23 and 24, John Ch. 19-21 ) And I believe He will come back for all of us who believe in him and we will live with Him in Heaven. (Matthew 24:30,31 & 1 Thessalonians 4: 16, 17) 1 Thessalonians 4: 16, 17 16 With a loud command and with the shout of the chief angel and a blast of God's trumpet, the Lord will return from heaven. Then those who had faith in Christ before they died will be raised to life. 17 Next, all of us who are still alive will be taken up into the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the sky. From that time on we will all be with the Lord forever. I think that the second question is answered in the first.....I hope. If not I would like to talk about that some other time.
  • Yes, that's pretty much what they are saying. Apparently, they forgot that stairway to heaven that Led Zeppelin describes in their song
  • because Christians believe in Jesus and Jesus said" the only way to the Father is through Me"! I do not worry about people who do not believe in the Savior...that is Gods job & i do not judge anyone to heaven or hell, that is Gods job also.....
  • Christians say it because Jesus tells us in John 14:6; Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me." He is our only hope to make it to heaven, as no other name has been given us. He is our model, what a wonderful model He is!!! He is our connector, our intercessor. Our coverer of our sin through His precious blood.
  • I would never tell another person that they are going to hell, but my question is this if a person does not believe in Christ then how can they believe that a heaven exists and they will go there? It just doesn't make sense...well not to me anyway, you cannot believe in one thing but not the other...or can you? :)
  • I don't believe in the concepts of heaven or hell (so sorry, i'm not a christian and the question was not addressed to me, but i'll answer all the same), but I am still a good and moral person (or at least, in my opinion). I often help people because I like to see them smile afterwards, and because it doesn't inconvenience me much if at all. I don't do bad or immoral things because I don't like people thinking I am mean. This is just me, but heaven and hell aren't the only motivations to be a good and moral person.
  • Since in Christian Theology salvation is by faith and grace ALONE and not good behavior if THAT's the reason why I'm motivated to be a good and moral person then I'm a fool. Personally I'm driven to be a good and moral person because I want to please God and find His favor as Father Abraham, Father Jacob, and Father Isaac did. As Mose, Joshua, Elijah and David did. I am an unabashed "Father Pleaser". I've also noticed that when I live righteously my life is simpler, happier, richer, easier, and more joy-filled. So, selfishly, I want to live a good, moral life for those reasons as well.
  • JESUS is the One who said,"I am The Way, The Truth, and The Light .... and that NO MAN enters the kingdom of heaven EXCEPT through ME." This the authority - - HIS words --- by which Christians base all doctrine. It is NOT His wish, or that of any Christian, that anyone should go to hell ..... He gives mankind the free will to make his choices. That is why, too, He said He would NOT return until EVERY man has heard His gospel. With that in mind, He said, too, that no man knows the day or the hour when He will return. May all who read this ask His salvation. God bless you!

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