Common Faith Questions

Am I good enough to go to heaven?

No. Not on your own. But the great news is that you don’t have to try to go it alone!

Although it may sound harsh, the Bible says no one is good enough to go to heaven on their own. According to scripture, even our good deeds are like filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6) It also says that all men have gone astray (Isaiah 53:6), all have sinned (Romans 3:23), and none are worthy (Romans 3:10).

Which makes the love of God even that much sweeter.

You’re not good enough to go to heaven on your own, but Jesus has prepared the way for you. He lived the perfect life you couldn’t live, and died the death you should’ve died, paying the sacrifice you couldn’t pay.

You’re not good enough to get to heaven on your own, but Jesus is. And he says, “Follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)

Is Jesus really the only way?

Yes. Jesus himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Many people try many ways to get to heaven. But only one man lived a perfect life, and paid the sacrifice for you. His name is Jesus. Though there have been a lot of great men and women throughout history, none were the Son of God like Jesus was. So none could live the life He lived, die the death he died, and offer you true life like he does.

What makes the Bible different from other religious books? Can we trust it?

We believe you can, but we also recognize that there is a faith step required in that trust.

The Bible is God’s inspired inerrant, infallible word. God has preserved exactly what we need “that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3-4) in the pages of Scripture. The picture that the Bible itself paints is that Scripture is “breathed out” by God, useful for “for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

But to fully trust something, you’ve got to take a step of faith. And trusting the Bible is no different. Read it for yourself. Wrestle with its claims. Live out the truths is calls us to live out. Find out for yourself its trustworthiness.

What translation should I read?

There are plenty of good translations. Choose anyone that is “readable” with translation that stays true to the original text of Bible.

The New Living Translation is one that’s a little easier to understand, especially if you’re reading through the Scriptures with your children. It’s written on a 5th grade reading level. Either translation is good.

Though there are many other good translations to choose from, these are two we’d suggest if you’re exploring scripture for the first time.

Is Hell a real place?

Yes, it sure is. Jesus talked about it. He said it was a place where the suffering never ends (Matthew 25:41Mark 9:48). It’s a curse worse than “being drowned in the sea.” (Mark 9:42) The pain of Hell will produce “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:12)

Hell is the place reserved for those who reject Jesus in this life.

Hell is a real place, is scary, and is (unfortunately) coming for many people. This grieves us, and motivates us to live self-sacrificially so that others might see the beauty of Christ that we see.

Can I lose my salvation?

There are two sides to this, it could be YES or NO.

NO. Here’s what Jesus said:

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” John 10:27-29

Salvation is a gift (Ephesians 2:8) that God doesn’t take away (Philippians 1:6). When someone is living in a pattern of sin, a better question to ask might be, “Was I ever saved?” We know that people saved by God live a changed life. If someone isn’t living a changed life, there’s the real (and scary) chance that they’re not saved. To which we’d reply, “Be saved!”

Salvation is too precious of a gift for God to remove it once given. God gives us His Holy Spirit a deposit guaranteeing His fulfillment. (Ephesians 1:14) When He gives the Holy Spirit, He doesn’t take that away.

YES and these are Biblical Truths:

We you DO things that WILL separate you from the Grace of God. You can fall from Grace when you CHOOSE to depart from the truths revealed by that Grace.

NO ONE CAN SEPARATE US FROM GOD‘S GRACE EXCEPT OURSELVES. Peter gives a very stern warning about going back to our former sinful condition. Once we have been saved, or freed from the stain of sin, and when we go back to those former things, we are, in reality, in a worse condition.

“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.” 2 Peter 2:20-21

How could it be “better for them not to have known the way of righteousness?” To understand this statement, we must realize that there was a time that we did not exist. Once we came into existence, there never will be a time that we will not exist. We shall spend eternity either in heaven or hell. Matthew 25:46. If we have obeyed the gospel and received the benefits of God’s Grace, then we have the hope of heaven.

If we turn our backs on that hope, then we only have to look forward to hell. In eternity, those who once obeyed the gospel, but turned back to the world of sin, then it shall be worse for them in eternity, because they will be aware of their lost opportunity.

They not only will be in hell, but they will, for all eternity, have the knowledge that they DID NOT HAVE TO BE in a state of condemnation. It is possible to depart from God’s Grace to a point of no return.

Such verses teach that men can and would depart from God’s Grace. Be it known that each one who so departs, can only blame themselves – not God, for their departure.

As we have seen, the Grace of God is the gift of Christ and His sacrifice on the cross. Christ died that all might be saved, but salvation is not free from our taking responsibility for our salvation.

We must, if we are to accept the Grace of God, OBEY the gospel that Christ gave to us. Obedience is the key word.

JESUS our LORD even warns against false hope. Just calling upon His name will not be enough. We must DO the will of the Father which is in heaven. We close with the words of our Lord. “Not everyone that say’s unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven. Matthew 7:21

When you allow the Holy Spirit to keep leading your life in Holiness, then you enjoy His eternal grace. His grace is sufficient to do. 1. 2 Corinthians 12:9; Sustain us in trial. 2. 1 Corinthians 10:13; Deliver us in temptation. 3. Jeremiah 10:23; Isaiah 58:11; Guide us in life. 4. Provide for us in distress Hebrews 13:5-6; 5. Comfort us in sorrow 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; 6. Save us in dead 2 Timothy 4:6-8; Acts 7:56-60; 7. James 1:12; To give us a crown in heaven.

Do I have to be baptized?

Yes, Jesus also did so for our sample. Baptism is required for the first step of faith for new believers. Baptism is a picture of the work that Jesus has done in a person’s heart.

Mark 16:16. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Colossians 2:12. Having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

1 Peter 3:21. And this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Baptism has spiritual meaning and impact on every Christian’s salvation. It means an open demonstration and acceptance of the death of sinful nature out of you when you are submerged in a flowing river and the resurrection into new life in the Lord Jesus Christ when you are lifted off the the river.

I just got “saved,” now what?

We would also suggest a few other things…

  1. Let us know! We’d love to meet you and talk about what’s next.
  2. Find a Bible translation you’re comfortable with.
  3. Find community in a District Group with other believers and learn to study God’s Word.
  4. Pray for opportunities to share your faith story with others.