The Bible has a lot of things to say when it comes to how to get into Heaven. Asides from the rules and laws, one of the core messages is that you must be a Christian to get into Heaven.
But it might not be so simple. Some of the verses in Romans indicate that you are justified by faith, not works, so horrible Christians get into Heaven while moral non-Christians can burn for eternity. Sounds kind of stupid, don’t you think? On the other hand, some of the verses in James indicate that you are justified by works, not faith, which makes more sense.
The verses in Romans say this:
3:28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.
4:3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
4:5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,
So you get the idea that faith is most important. But the verses in James say this:
2:24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
2:26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
I’m not necessarily here to argue these verses, and when you get interpretation mixed in it causes whole new problems, but at the very least the Bible says that faith isn’t everything. Which still makes sense.
But are works enough to get into Heaven? As far as I know, the Bible doesn’t specifically say they’re not. Is being a good, moral person enough to get you into Heaven? If not, why? Why is faith so important? And as I’ve said before in this ancient post that I wrote soon after starting my blog, if God can forgive all those other sins, why not lack of belief?
If you don’t believe in God your entire life, aren’t you able to convert when you get to Heaven? At least then you would know which religion is right, and have enough proof. After all, what sort of God would discourage critical thought and favor blind faith?
Also, I must note how interesting it is that from what I’ve seen on the internet, people have all sorts of different ideas on the matter. It seriously is a grey area that nobody can agree on. Much like a lot of Christianity!
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