I am writing to you because I care for you and because I assume you are like a lot of other people that I know. PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS .

Whenever people think about life after death they have no fears at all. After all, they believe in God and Jesus… and think that they are a pretty good person. They think that if anyone could end up in Heaven, they probably would. They think “Well, there are a lot worse people than me and I go to church”. While it may seem that God’s goodness will cause Him to overlook your sins, the opposite is actually true. Now what is sin? It is a violation of God’s moral laws (1 John 3:4). Have you ever lied, stolen, used God’s name in vain, looked at the opposite sex with lust? Then you have sinned against God and that is just three of the ten commandments. If you sinned just five times a day for a year, you would have broken his law 1825 times and if you lived to be 70, you would have broken it over 127,000 times in your lifetime.

Perhaps the following illustration will add some clarity: Imagine you’re standing before a judge, guilty of multiple crimes. The judge is about to pass sentence when he asks, “Do you have anything to say for yourself?” You stand up, look the judge in the eye and say, “Yes Your Honour, I believe that you’re a good man… and because you’re good, you will let me go.” The judge will probably say something like, “Well, you’re right about one thing… I am a good man. And it’s because I’m good that I’m going to see that you are punished for your crimes.” The very thing you are counting on to save you on the Day of Judgment — namely God’s goodness — is going to be the very thing that will see to it that justice is done. Because God is so good He will make sure that every murderer, rapist and thief receives justice… but He won’t stop there. He will also make sure every liar, blasphemer, and adulterer is punished (1 Corinthians 6:9 and Revelation 21:8). While this is something that is extremely tragic and far from God’s ultimate desire for any person, the Bible is clear that the place of punishment for those who do not turn from their sins is Hell.

Does this concern you? It should. Would you sell one of your eyes for a million pounds? How about both eyes for ten million pounds? No one in their right mind would! Your eyes are precious to you… but they are only a “window” for your soul. Your soul (your inner being, your life, your personality) looks out through those eyes. Consider how precious your eyes are… then realize that Jesus said that Hell is so horrible that you would be better off tearing out your own eyes than ending up there for all eternity.

Giving money to charity, going to church, and reading the Bible are all good activities–but none of them impress God. The Bible says, “All our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” (Isaiah 64:6) That means, all our “righteous acts” — these “good deeds” can never make up for the fact that we’ve broken God’s Holy Commandments. Your own so-called “goodness” can’t get you into heaven any more than mine could. Going to church on a Sunday does not reserve your place in heaven. Think of it this way… If a person was guilty of a serious crime… such as murder… but he gave money to charity, does that make up for his crime? No. The person’s crime hasn’t been paid for because he gave money to charity. This “good deed” will mean nothing to the judge when he passes sentence. The murder must still be punished. Again imagine you’re in a courtroom, you’re guilty of many serious crimes. The judge says, “You have to pay a fine of £500,000 or go to prison.” You don’t have anywhere near that amount of money, so the bailiff begins to walk you out of the courtroom when someone you don’t even know appears. He runs up to the judge with a cheque and says, “I’ve paid the fine for you.” Now that the fine has been paid, the law no longer has any hold on you. You’re free — because of the gift you were given.

This is what God did for you by sending Jesus to die on the cross in your place. So that you wouldn’t have to go to Hell, God sent his only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross — suffering the punishment that justice demands. So it’s like this…we broke the law, Jesus Christ paid the fine. Then He rose from the grave, forever defeating death! The Bible tells us, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven. He is the “Door,” the only “mediator.” There is salvation in no other name. Just like the court case we just talked about, if you repent (that means to confess and forsake your sins) and put your trust in Jesus, then you will not have to suffer God’s justice in Hell because the payment for your crimes was made by Jesus on the cross and God says he will forgive all your sins and grant you the gift of everlasting life. Remember, you do NOT go to heaven because you are a good person but rather because you are a BAD person whose sins have been forgiven by a very kind God. So don’t come to God just to get out of hell but come to him because he has been so kind to save you from hell.

We are all part of the ultimate statistic. 10 out of 10 people die. We all will die one day and none of us know when that day will be. For some of us, it will be sooner rather than later as life can be so unpredictable so don’t take the risk and play Russian roulette with your soul. The bible says that it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this, the judgment (Hebrews 9:27).


If you’re not sure what to pray, read Psalm 51, and make it a model for your prayer. The words are not “magical,” what God cares about is the attitude of your heart. When you pray, it should sound something like this, “Dear God, I repent (forsake) of all my sins, such as (name them). I put my trust in Jesus Christ as Lord (to say Jesus is your Lord means you are now making Jesus the master over your life) and Saviour. Forgive me and grant me your gift of everlasting life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

If you have done this sincerely, then you will become what the bible calls ‘born again’ where God gives you a new heart with new desires. This is not an overnight process and will happen over time as you mature in the faith. Now read your Bible daily, obey what you read and find a good bible believing church. God will never let you down.

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  1. Myah says:

    Amen! Praise the Lord for saving us 🙂 Hallelujah!!

  2. Matt says:

    WOW! NICE!!! 🙂

  3. Joe Freiesleben says:

    I’m not sure why I’m commenting, as I am very unlikely to persuade and I certainly have no wish to offend… I suppose it’s because I sense (giving you the benefit of the doubt) that you are sincere when you say that you wrote this post because you care about other people’s fate … But don’t you realise that this compassion is precisely what the God you are describing utterly lacks? If I could be convinced that such a God did indeed exist, I would no doubt – out of fear – try (and presumably fail) to be ‘born again’; but the moral thing to do would be tell that God on the Day of Judgement that he was a sick tyrant, and that I wanted no part in his Kingdom, whatever the consequences for myself. So to me it seems self-evident; that I’m wrong will surely seem self-evident to you. But please nonetheless take this comment in the spirit in which it’s intended; the same spirit as your original post – a desperate appeal across the gap of faith.
    Thanks, Joe

  4. Alan Higgins says:

    Joe, would you need someone to convince you that there was a builder if you saw a building, or be convinced that there is a painter if you saw a painting. So why do you need convincing when there is a creator when you see creation which is much much more complicated than a building or a painting?

  5. J.A says:

    I am so sorry, but it is really hard for me to see through the lie of Satan with my heart, and in this turn I cannot fully feel hope that Jesus Christ died on the cross and I am saved. No matter how hard I try to be born again, I fail.I have been baptized, prayed, given up so much, but…I just can’t.

    • Michael says:

      Hi J.A, I know this is an old post and I hope you will see this… to be able to do what you describe to not be under the power of satan’s lies in your daily life requires something only God can give us and that is God’s Holy Spirit. You can receive his holy spirit of promise as a earnest of your inheritance the moment you believe that Jesus Christ the Son of God shed his blood on the cross and died for your sins (all of them). That he was buried and thag he rose again three days later, according to scripture 1 corinthians 3,4. To you and anyone else who might read this the next step if you are sincerely looking for salvation is to allow our Apostle Paul to tell you how to be saced and what you are bwing saced from. He is the apostle to us Gentiles (everyone who is not a Jew) and you can read how God used Paul to offer us the free gift of eternal life and you can read it for yourself starting in the book of Romans. By chapter 3 you will know why you need a saviour and why nothing you can DO in and of your self like baptism, join a church or religion, giving to a charity, or stopping your bad behaviour (sin) can gain you what God already did and is offering freely to you. If anyone has any questions whatsoever I can be reached at SCEXPLORER718@gmail.com

  6. Tom says:

    i havent read any where in scripture where any one was saved by prayer. when you read of all the conversions in the book of acts no one prayed to be saved. Acts 2:37-38 they asked what must we do to be saved. peter said repent and be baptized for the remission of your sins. Acts 8:30-38 eunuch. Acts 9:1-20, 22:6-15 Saul. Acts 10:30-44 Corneilus. Acts 16:13-15 Lydia Acts 16:26-33.

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

    john 3:5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

    Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

    hope to hear from you! notice replies are pretty old.

  7. Elena Nash says:

    repentance or to repent does not mean to stop sinning or even confessing all of your sIns, repent means to change your mind it is simply a changing of your mind going from unbelief to belief in the finished work of Jesus Christ His death, burial and resurrection. Grace alone by stays alone in Christ alone and nothing more equals salvation and eternal life.

  8. Kessia Brown says:

    A good Pray for worries and stress and to become a better person in life

  9. Mihilal Fernando says:

    The prayer to receive salvation and the prayer to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit should be done

  10. John 3:16 says:

    Dear Joe

    The very fact that we exist is proof that God Himself has created us. He breathed His very breath into us. The compassion that you think God lacks is the very compassion and love He displayed on the cross for us when He sent His only begotten son to die for us. In all honestly, can this life be all that there is? God desires fellowship with us because He made us. Yet notice that in His compassion, He blessed us with free will so that we may draw to Him. He doesn’t force Himself or His love on us. His salavation and grace are a gift. I pray that you open not just your mind, but your spirit to Him. I would like to leave John 3:16 with you, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” It is only faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ that can allow you to be born again. If we try completely in our own strength, we will fail.

  11. Thank you for your thoughtful research and comments/blog on the subject of salvation in the Message to Non-Christians. It was very thought provoking. I have been a Christian since I was 18 and am 55 now. I agreed with everything you said until the very end….we are not saved until we have been baptized into Christ, walk in new life, Mark 16:16. It’s not belief only, one must have their sins washed away, symbolically through the act of baptism. Please make sure your readers know this! With love 😉

  12. Michael Lorusso says:

    All Praise & Glory to our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ!! Our Blessed Hope!!

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