I'm basically a good person!
Are you good enough to go to Heaven? How you answer that question will have eternal consequences. The way to find out is to ask yourself if you have obeyed God's standard of goodness. Most would say, "Well, I've broken one or two, but nothing too serious, like murder, etc." So, let's go through some and see how you do:
1. YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME.
Is God first in your life? Do you love God above all else? Imagine you purchased a TV for your children, but the next evening you arrived home from work and found that they didn't even bother to greet you. They were too busy watching television. By ignoring you because they preferred to watch TV, they were setting their love on the gift rather than the giver, a wrong order of affections. In the same way, if we love anything - our spouse, our children, or even our own lives-more than we love God, we are setting our affection on the gift rather than the Giver. Most of us must admit that we have not succeeded in this for even an hour since we got up this morning.
2. YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FOR YOURSELF ANY GRAVEN IMAGE.
This means that we shouldn't make a god to suit ourselves, either with our hands or with our mind. Have you made a god in your mind that you're comfortable with - where you say, "My god is a loving god who would never send anyone to Hell"? Perhaps your god doesn't mind a "white" lie or how you live your life..in fact, he doesn't have any moral dictates. In reality, that god doesn't exist; he's a figment of your imagination. If your god is not the One revealed in Holy Scripture, then you have made an image of God to suit yourself, something the Bible calls idolatry. (1 Cor. 6:9).
3. YOU SHALL NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD YOUR GOD IN VAIN.
Have you ever taken God's name in vain-using it flippantly, like "OMG," or Jesus Christ!!.. in place of a four-letter word to express disgust? Even Hitler's name wasn't despised enough to use as a curse word. If you have taken the holy name of the God who gave you life and used it in that manner, that's called blasphemy, and the Bible says, "The LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain" (Ex. 20:7).
6. YOU SHALL NOT MURDER.
The Bible warns that if we are angry at someone without cause we are in danger of judgment, and that "whoever hates his brother is a murderer" (1 John 3:15). We can violate God's Law by our attitude and intent. Have you broken this Commandment by harboring anger or hatred toward someone? If so, God sees you as guilty of murder, and "no murderer has eternal life abiding in him."
7. YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.
Who of us can say that we are pure of heart? Jesus warned, "Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matt. 5:28). God has seen every thought you have had and every sin you have ever committed. (1 Cor. 6:9,10).
8. YOU SHALL NOT STEAL.
Have you ever taken something that didn't belong to you, regardless of its value? This includes stealing an answer on a test, taking a pen from work, even keeping extra change that you know isn't rightfully yours. If you've taken anything that isn't yours, then you have broken this commandment. (1 Cor. 6:9,10).
9. YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS.
Have you ever told a lie? Then that would make you a liar. You may not think deceitfulness is a serious sin, but God does. "Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord" (Prov. 12:22)
10. YOU SHALL NOT COVET.
Have you ever coveted (jealously desired) anything that belongs to another person? That's a violation of the Tenth Commandment. (Eph. 5:5).
Who of us can say we are not guilty of breaking these Commandments? All of us have sinned, and just as with man's law, you only have to break one law to be guilty.
The Bible warns, "For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all" (James 2:10).
THE LAW OF GOD is merely like a MIRROR — all a mirror does is show you the truth . We can try to justify, ignore, or change the truth of our spiritual condition by trying to measure up in our own eyes, but God still weighs our hearts and see us a guilty lawbreakers. Can you see your predicament? You are guilty of sinning against God Himself, and because He has given you a conscience, you know right from wrong. "Conscience" means "with knowledge," so isn't it true that every time you lied, stole, etc., you did it with knowledge that it was wrong?
There is no bridge or sacrifice that we can offer God to try and make ourselves right before God, we try our best through Religion, Good works, Sacraments, Church, Traditions, philosophy, etc.…Yet We Stand Guilty In God's Eyes!
Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me
Romans 6:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”
Romans 3:9-12 `There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside,
Romans 8:7 The sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so
When we compare ourselves to man's standard we look pretty clean, but when we compare ourselves to the pure snow-white righteousness of God's standard, His moral Law, we can see ourselves in truth: that we are unclean in His sight.
The Bible says it is appointed for men to die once and then face judgment, and that Law is the holy standard by which humanity will be judged on Judgment Day. The Bible is clear...To be good enough to go to Heaven, we must be perfect-in thought, word, and deed. Will you be Innocent or Guilty?
God Himself is not willing that you perish. (John 3:16) Because God is rich in mercy, He made a way for you to be forgiven. To make clear what an incredible thing He has done for you, let's look to civil law:
You are standing in front of a judge, guilty of very serious crimes. All the evidence has been presented and there is no doubt about your guilt. The fine for your crime is $1,000,000 or life imprisonment, but you haven't two pennies to rub together. The judge is about to pass sentence . . . he lifts his gavel, when someone you don't even know steps in and pays the fine for you. Justice has been served, the law has been satisfied, and you are now free to go. What's more, the one who paid your fine showed how much he cares for you. His payment was evidence of his love.
That's what God did for you, 2,000 years ago. He sent His Son, Jesus of Nazareth, to pay your death penalty in your place. Jesus died on the cross on your behalf, so that you could live. You are guilty; He paid the fine. It is that simple. The Bible puts it this way: "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us . . . But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Gal. 3:13; Rom. 5:8). It was no small thing for Jesus to die for us. The only thing that would satisfy the demands of Eternal Law was the shed blood of the sinless Son of God. What love God must have for you! Jesus suffered unspeakable agony, so that you wouldn't have to be punished for your sins.
Then three days later He arose from the dead, defeating death. His sacrificial death and resurrection mean that you need no longer be in debt to the Law, and God can now make you alive, grant you spiritual life IF you respond to this Amazing Gospel of Grace!