I’m Not the Standard


You’re awful. You don’t deserve to go to heaven.

I sure don’t deserve heaven, but, then, no one does.

What do you mean? I’m way better than you.

Yes, but I am not the standard.*


Jesus Christ is the standard. Are you as good as He?

I’ve lived a good life. I’m a good person.

I’m not concerned about the good you’ve done. But what about when you’ve done or thought something less than good? What does God have to say about that?

Huh? Do you mean I have to be perfect to go to heaven?


Well, that is impossible.


What do I have to do to go to heaven?

Confess your sins. Ask for forgiveness. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and God who raised Him from the dead. Receive Christ as Lord and Savior. (See Becoming a Child of God.)

You can pray something like this:

“Father, I confess I have sinned against You and repent before You. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He died for my sins, and that You raised Him from the dead. I receive Christ as my Lord and Savior. Take control of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”


*God’s standard:““You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5) “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Leviticus 19:18)

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