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Most people think they are essentially good and that their goodness will eventually get them into heaven.

Even if they admit some imperfection, they still imagine that their good deeds will somehow outweigh their evil deeds on judgment day.

What does it mean to be good? How good does someone have to be to enter God’s holy heaven?

The Bible answers these questions very clearly, but most are not interested in what it has to say. They would rather define goodness on their own terms (and in a way that makes them feel good about themselves).

This is a dreadful mistake; for no one will be standing before themselves on judgment day. Every one of us will stand before God and he defines goodness by his holy Law [1].

If you want to know how you will fare on judgment day, please take this quiz and answer honestly:

Good Person Quiz

Have you ever…

  1. Put something before God?
  2. Worshiped in “your own way” ?
  3. Used God’s name as a curse word?
  4. Skipped church on Sunday?
  5. Disobeyed an authority figure?
  6. Hated someone without just cause?
  7. Lusted after someone’s spouse?
  8. Taken something that was not yours?
  9. Told a lie (even a “little white lie”)?
  10. Been discontent with your lot in life?

The Bad News

If you answered “Yes” to even one of these questions, then you are not a good person and do not deserve to go to heaven because the Bible says,  “Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” [2]

Many will object, “That’s not fair! One wrong out of ten is not that bad…” but think of it this way:  If you were hanging over a bottomless pit by a chain, which link would you not mind breaking?

This is how God’s Law works.  It is not a list of suggestions from God. It is his perfect standard and it demands that every man also be perfect. [3] This requirement forces us to face the fact that we are not that good after all and that we desperately need a Saviour.

The Good News

God knows that no one is good enough to enter heaven.  In fact, he once looked down from heaven to see if there were any good people, and he could not find even one. [4]

However, and rather than condemning the entire human race, God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten Son [5] to live the perfect life that none of us lived [6] and to died the awful death that each one of us deserves to die. [7]

By turning from your sin and trusting in him, your sins can be forgiven and his righteousness can become yours. [8] Come to him now and find true goodness. Pray something to this effect:

“God, I always thought I was a good person; but I now admit that I am not. I am a sinner. I believe that Jesus kept the Law for me and died in my stead. Wash me in his blood, clothe me with his righteousness, and I will give you the glory both now and forever. Amen.”

Scripture references and allusions: [1] Exodus 20:3-17 [2] James 2:10, [3] Matthew 5:48, [4] Psalm 14:1-3, [5]  John 3:16, [6] Galatians 4:4, [7] Mark 10:45, [8] 2 Corinthians 5:21