Million Dollar Question
August 10, 2009
Here is the Million Dollar Question: Are you good enough to go to Heaven? Let’s go through the Ten Commandments and see if you qualify.
Exodus 20:2-17 (New Living Translation)
2 “I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.
3 “You must not have any other god but me.
4 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. 5 You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. 6 But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.
7 “You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.
8 “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 You have six days each week for your ordinary work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.
12 “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You must not murder.
14 “You must not commit adultery.
15 “You must not steal.
16 “You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.
17 “You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.
No matter how you can justify yourself…you have broken all of them in one way or another. Murder? I’ve never killed anyone, Robert…sheesh. Yet, look at it in a different angle….ever called anyone a name or put someone down? Your name calling and put downs are murder. Looked at a woman in lust….or did the “second look”? It is still adultery.
Now when you die, you will appear before God. It will be like a courtroom setting.(You’ll wish you had Judge Judy.) God will examine the evidence.(Birth to death, your life has been recorded.)
Will you be found innocent or guilty? If you say innocent, why? “Oh, God is an all loving and good God and will overlook my past, I do plenty of good deeds.” If God is to be a good and righteous judge, he cannot turn a blind eye.
Let’s go to a real courtroom setting and apply the same idea: A child molester appears before a judge. The child molester says to the judge…”I know you are a good judge and can just look over this crime and let me go.”(Then the molester slips the judge a $20) You would be outraged if the judge said, “Ok, case dismissed.” The judge would be corrupt and should be removed from his judicial position.
It is the same way with God. He cannot be bought out with our “good” deeds. Scripture says,
Isaiah 64:6 (New King James Version)
6 But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away.
The Hebrew translation for filthy rags is menstrual rags. For us guys, it is called a used tampon. We cannot buy God off with our so called “good” works.
Now be honest. We are guilty. All of us have sinned. Sin is a word for missing the mark. Remember taking archery in gym class? If you did not get the dead center(bulls-eye ), but shot anywhere around dead center, it is called sin.
So now knowing we are Guilty, what is the punishment? It is Hell.
Revelation 20:15 (New King James Version)
15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
Now does this concern you? It should. I don’t want to go to Hell and neither do I want to see you go to Hell.
At the end of a United States President’s term, he has the option of pardoning individuals for crimes they have committed. Even though the person is guilty of the crime. The President with one signature can declare that person innocent and free.
Why did I make that statement after saying we are guilty and deserve Hell? Here is the good news for you as a guilty person standing before God and getting ready to be sentenced for eternity in Hell. You fine has been paid. A pardon has been issued on you behalf.
2,000 years ago God came to Earth as both man and God. He was perfect in every way. In all his 32-plus years on Earth he did not sin in thought, word, or deed. As being a sinless being, he was nailed to a tree and his blood spilled. God saw this as a satisfactory payment for the sins of the world. Then get this….Jesus arose from the dead. He not only spilled his blood for your sins, but defeated death for you and me.
Isaiah 53:5 (New King James Version)
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
John 3:16 (Amplified Bible)
16For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
Will all this information what will you do? A decision needs to me made. You cannot put it off, because you do not have a guarantee you will be alive in the next 3 minutes. Do you accept and receive the pardon?
You must admit you are a sinner, you must repent(turn away and not go back to the same way of living) from your sins, and finally you must receive the pardon of your sins, Jesus Christ. Like a present under a Christmas tree waiting to be opened, God offers you salvation from the wrath of himself through his Son, Jesus. You need to cry out to Jesus. Right now. Ask him to wipe away your sins by his blood. Place your faith in Jesus.
Ephesians 2:8 (New Living Translation)
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
As a result according to Scripture:
Romans 8:1 (New Living Translation)
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.
Another version of the Bible says it like this:
Romans 8:1 (Contemporary English Version)
If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won’t be punished.
When you accept Jesus as your pardon, you are free and declared innocent.
So now what? You can start reading your Bible. Start with the book of John. Find a Biblical foundational church to attend. Warning: Many religious bodies claim to be Christian, but are dangerous cults. So pray for God to help you find a church. I can give you suggestions if you are unsure about a certain church body or you need some free spiritual material for your growth.
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Pray for God to send you some Christian friends to encourage you and support you in your daily walk with Jesus. Jesus loves you and so do I.