Good people don’t go to heaven.

Most people want others to think they’re good. God is good. Heaven is good. One would good peoplethink a prerequisite for going to heaven is to be good. Do certain things. Follow certain rules. Keep all the commandments. Don’t sin. If we want to go to heaven.

But good people don’t go to heaven. As hard as we try to please God and others, being good won’t punch our ticket to heaven. If being good is good enough, what does “good” mean? How good do we have to be? God doesn’t tell us. Is there a scale?

If being good gets us to heaven, you’d think a good God would give us some good advice on what being good means and how to be good.

What if we’re not good sometimes. What if we do bad things? Can God cancel our reservation? How much good do we have to do to overcome being bad to be good enough again?

See the dilemma?  We can’t be good enough. The only way we’re going to get to heaven is to die. Not one day down the road. Die today. Die tomorrow. Die every day. Die to self.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” John 12:24.

“Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” From Romans 6

About Steve Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.

4 Responses to Good people don’t go to heaven.

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  2. Looking Up!, It sounds like the difference between a Romans 7 Christian and a Romans 8 disciple of Christ!

  3. Looking Up! says:

    I think we often look at others and base judgment on them being good or bad. BUT, as I have aged I have realized we all fall short even after we are saved and attempt to walk after the Lord. We all have our thorns as Paul speaks of. Sometimes we haven’t fully become aware of them (maybe some but some not yet). I know a woman who is a child of God and that is apparent in many ways. She can sometimes do things she shouldn’t, usually it is because she says things harshly (no cursing), and then I hear people say ‘and she says she is a Christian’! I find myself now days trying to explain to others that even Christians say and act sometimes like they shouldn’t. We are all still sinners and hopefully we grow closer to the Lord everyday and become more like Him. Recently this happened at work with a group of ladies who were having a discussion about this very thing. One lady is totally lost and has NO understanding. She seems to think if you say you are a christian you should be perfect and if you are not perfect then you are not a Christian. Another lady understood that part but recently I have been made aware from her words out of her own mouth that she thinks there are many ways to God the Father and so if you are Hindu or whatever then you will go to heaven because you simply know the one true God differently. WHATTTTTTT? I actually had been doing a bible study with her and 2 others at lunch at work before this came out. I was in shock. I thought what is she reading? Clearly not the same bible I am. How could someone read the bible and be doing a study and yet be so off base and none of the rest of us had a clue? (She even grew up in church…just always been a christian right?) She does a lot of good things but instead is clearly off track.
    Talk about a heated few minutes at work. I realized this conversation was not going to help anyone and turned around and went back to work. It did make me fully aware that it is so important for us while still living in sinful flesh and still sinners who repent daily to Jesus Christ who’s blood has made atonement for our sins, it’s so important for us to choose our words wisely and our actions. Because others are watching and don’t have the understanding yet. I certainly don’t want others to think I am not a child of God because I became frustrated at work and in haste made a baffoon of myself for all to see.

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