How do you know if you can make it to heaven?

Separating you from God

If you want to scare a modern Christian church leader then all you have to do is tell them that the Bible has information in it that can allow you to make a good guess at whether a church member is going to make it to heaven or not. There was a time when I was speaking to a church pastor about the Armour of God and I was trying to convince him that you would not need to use all of the armour if all you were doing is sitting/standing in a building, singing some songs and then listening to a preacher. The discussion went on for a little while and at one point I mentioned something similar to the subject of this article. I noticed then that the expression on his face had changed, almost as if we had entered the forbidden zone and he was eager to get out of it. He was not the first person that I had raised this subject with and the previous church brother also had a similar, escape from the forbidden zone, reaction when the subject was brought up. You might wonder why this is such a sensitive subject for all modern religions, well you have to realise that they all rely on keeping you away from the one true God, so that you will stay with them and they can continue to feed off of you. If the worlds religions were serious about their members getting to live for ever, then they would have a set way of teaching them so that they can get a response from God. But you should notice that there is not one single popular religion that has a way that you can independently confirm that you are dealing with the one true God. All they expect you to do is to go to their meeting place and follow some set rituals, then pay them their money and go and enjoy the rest of your life.

Asking the wise man

Imagine that you went to a local wise man and asked him "With all of the different religions that are around and the fact that the Christian church is fragmented into so many sects, how is anyone supposed to know the right way to serve the one true God? It looks like we must all be doomed, since they will all say that they are right and the others are wrong." and the wise man might reply "Do you really think that a God would have any trouble handling this situation? It is obvious that it is God who has to do the main work when it comes to getting you into His kingdom, so if you are genuine, He will not have any problems in brushing these fakers aside and then He will give you the help that you need directly." You might then reply "But all of these religions seem so impressive and they have some very serious people in them as well" and the wise man should then finish you off by saying "Why do you think that God has given each human such an impressive processing engine inside of their heads? If you use your brain to properly investigate each of these religions, then you should easily be able to see why they are fake. If you are too lazy to do this then you will find that the one true God will not be at all impressed at your efforts to seek Him and might have a very hot reception waiting for you on Judgement Day."

Seek after God's kingdom only

When you read the Bible it should be obvious that a lot more is expected from people than what modern day religions are implying, we can see that by how God only seemed to go after servants who He knew would do the job. We can read of one of God's original servants in Hebrews 11:8-16 which says "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city." and we see here that Abraham was convinced that God had something to offer him even after his death, which then gave him the motivation to do what God asked. You notice also that Abraham desired this better place as well, so you would expect a modern Christian, who has a chance of making it, to also have that same desire in their heart, which would then make it easy for them to not be dazzled by the seeming glamorous things of this life. Paul gives us some very good advice on how a person will act if they have a chance of making it in Colossians 3:1-10 which says "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:" and we see here a good description of how a real Christian should be in this world. If a Christian likes to seek after things, like the Gentiles, like shopping for expensive items, going on holiday, going to the cinema, watching television and partaking in other worldly activities that are obviously sponsored by the Devil, then you have to wander which kingdom it is that they prefer. You would also expect them to talk more about Gods kingdom, because of how much they are anticipating it, but I have noticed that people tend to still like to talk more about the things of this world, even when they are gathered in a church building on the Sabbath day.

Path of the true Christian

Jesus gives us the main description of how one can tell if they seem to be on the right path, by describing it in Matthew 7:13,14 which says "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." and this shows that getting to God's kingdom must be difficult, without exception, so you have to wonder how a true Christian can say that they are having a good time in this life. Jesus rubs it in even more in John 12:23-26 which says "And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour." and we see here that Jesus is saying that you should hate your life in this world, because God will give you the understanding that you need in order to realise this, so what does this mean for the Christians who are trying to get the most out of this life? Is it at all possible for them to indulge in this life, go to a church building and have what seems to be a party, then make it into God's kingdom? I will let John round off this section with his hard words on this matter in I John 2:15-17 which says "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." and we see here that John is not beating around the bush and it is hardly a surprise that these verses will not be regularly spoken out loud in the modern Christian church, because the preachers know that most of the congregation members will be people who like to indulge in the pleasures of this world, as if those pleasures were given to them as a blessing from God. If you still somehow think that you can have a fun life in this world, while still making it to God's kingdom, after reading the above, then I can only advise that you need to investigate the Bible properly, so that you can realise how serious this matter is. If you are a typical modern Christian, though, then I know that you will just continue to ignore a good quantity of what is written in the Bible and then carry on with your love of this world.

Discipline from God

Some people might still not be convinced that the things mentioned above are conclusive indicators of their chances and I would agree, so I have left it to Paul to give the final and most conclusive sign of whether God has chosen you to be one of His sons in Hebrews 12:1-13 which says "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed." and the big thing that you should note here is that Paul is saying that all sons of God, without exception, must be chastised in this world so that they can be prepared for the world to come. Do you think that it is possible for God to let a bunch of rebellious selfish people into His kingdom? He obviously has to clean them up first and this would obviously require some hard things to happen in their lives, rather than them just having a grand party all of the time.

Church of the dead

Imagine that you were still with the wise man from above and you turned out to be one of the few people in the world who can actually be convicted by God's word, rather than being like the vast majority of stubborn ones. The conversation could have then continued with you asking, "Which church denomination are you with and where do you congregate?" (we get asked these questions more than we get asked about God's word) and the wise man should then correct you by saying "Church denominations are a tool of division and which building did Jesus set up as the headquarters for His church? Don't say the temple that was in Jerusalem because He knew it was going to be destroyed. You need to understand that this current Christian church system is a scam because most of the money goes into mostly pagan buildings, that are going to be destroyed by God anyway, then the rest of the money is wasted on other frivolous things, rather than the majority being given to the poor like God intended. If I started up a church and enticed some zombies in, while knowing that I am just entertaining them with singing, dancing and preaching so that I can take their money, I would know that when God returns He will have His fiery indignation waiting for me because He would know that I knew that there was something strange going on that allowed people to be scammed by corrupting God's word, with even a certain guarantee of success." with you then replying by asking "So what are we supposed to do? It still looks like we are doomed from what you are saying and we'll just have to join the zombies in their churches" but the wise man should then reassure you by saying "Don't worry, we can just do things like Jesus and the Apostles did where we just meet up wherever we can. Go away and meditate on what has been said and come find me when you want to continue the discussion; you can also bring along any friends who are interested as well. Remember that we should strive to do things like God's servants did in the Bible, we don't have to be like the modern Christian church, who seem to prefer doing things like the pagans."
The zombie reference is from Proverbs 21:16 which gives a good description of the people currently in the modern Christian church and it says "The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead."