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Am I a good person?

Whatever your past may be,

this web page offers you hope for the future,

so read on below!
 

Many would consider themselves to be a good person…

But if you are not yet a Christian, the question you should be asking is:

"Am I good enough
to go to Heaven?"

 

HOW WOULD YOU KNOW?

 

The way to find out is to ask
yourself if you have obeyed the
Ten Commandments
(these are recorded in the Bible - the Book of Exodus, Chapter 20 -
and were given by God to show us his standards)

 

Most people say, " Well, I've broken one or two, but nothing too serious, like murder, etc."

So let's go through them and see how you do...

 

1. You shall have no other gods before me.

Have you always put God first in your life? Jesus said to love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength-- so much, that your love for your parents, brothers and sisters, friends, and even your own life is like hatred compared to your love and devotion for God, (Luke 14:26). Have you ever failed to put Him first in your life?

Check your answer:

[ ] GUILTY – Yes, I have broken this commandment at least once.

[ ] INNOCENT – No, I have NEVER broken this commandment in my life.

2. You shall not make for yourself any idol.

Who is God to you? Is he only a god of love and mercy who would never judge anyone and keep them out of Heaven? If that's your god, then you're right because he doesn't exist. He's a figment of your imagination. You've created a god in your own mind that you're more comfortable with. You may call it your "personal belief," but God calls it idolatry. The Bible warns that idolaters will not inherit the kingdom of heaven, (Ephesians 5:5).

 

Check your answer:

[ ] GUILTY – Yes, I have broken this commandment at least once.

[ ] INNOCENT – No, I have NEVER broken this commandment in my life.

3. You shall not take the name of God in vain.

Have you ever used God's name as a curse word? If you have, you've taken the holy name of God-- who gave you your life, your family, and everything precious to you-- and used it as a filthy, four-letter word. Hitler's name wasn't even despised enough to be used as a curse word! If you have used God's holy name in that manner, you are a blasphemer and the Bible says "God will not hold him guiltless who takes the name of the Lord in vain," (Exodus 20:7).

 

Check your answer:

[ ] GUILTY – Yes, I have broken this commandment at least once.

[ ] INNOCENT – No, I have NEVER broken this commandment in my life.

4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

God commands that we set aside one day in seven. Have you ever been guilty of breaking this Commandment?

 

Check your answer:

[ ] GUILTY – Yes, I have broken this commandment at least once.

[ ] INNOCENT – No, I have NEVER broken this commandment in my life.

5. Honour your father and your mother.

Have you always honoured your parents in a way that's pleasing in the sight of God? Ask Him to remind you of the sins of your youth. You may have forgotten them, but God hasn't.

 

Check your answer:

[ ] GUILTY – Yes, I have broken this commandment at least once.

[ ] INNOCENT – No, I have NEVER broken this commandment in my life.

6. You shall not murder.

Jesus warned "Whoever is angry with his brother without cause, is in danger of judgment," (Matthew 5:22) and the Bible says, "He who hates his brother is a murderer," (1 John 3:15). God sees hatred in the heart to be as wicked as murder. We can violate His Law by attitude and intent.

 

Check your answer:

[ ] GUILTY – Yes, I have broken this commandment at least once.

[ ] INNOCENT – No, I have NEVER broken this commandment in my life.

7. You shall not commit adultery.

Jesus warned, "You have heard…’You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart," (Matthew 5:28). Have you ever looked at another person with lust? The Bible says that adulterers and fornicators (those who have had sex before marriage) will not enter the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9).

 

Check your answer:

[ ] GUILTY – Yes, I have broken this commandment at least once.

[ ] INNOCENT – No, I have NEVER broken this commandment in my life.

8. You shall not steal.

Have you ever stolen anything (even if it was something small)? The value of the thing stolen doesn't matter; petty theft is still theft. Have you ever taken anything that belonged to someone else (from the office, school, parents, etc.)? If you have, that makes you a thief.

 

Check your answer:

[ ] GUILTY – Yes, I have broken this commandment at least once.

[ ] INNOCENT – No, I have NEVER broken this commandment in my life.

9. You shall not give false testimony (lie).

Have you ever told a lie? Then you are a liar. How many murders do you have to commit to be a murderer? Just one. If you have told even one lie, that makes you a liar. The Bible warns that all liars will have their part in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:8). You may not think deceitfulness is a serious sin, but God does.

 

Check your answer:

[ ] GUILTY – Yes, I have broken this commandment at least once.

[ ] INNOCENT – No, I have NEVER broken this commandment in my life.

10. You shall not covet.

This means we should never desire anything that belongs to another person. Not their house, nor their car, nor their money, nor their wife, nor their lifestyle, nor anything that belongs to our neighbor. Have you ever broken this commandment?

 

Check your answer:

[ ] GUILTY – Yes, I have broken this commandment at least once.

[ ] INNOCENT – No, I have NEVER broken this commandment in my life.

Who of us can say we are not guilty of breaking these Commandments?

 

This is what the Bible means when it says, "All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God," (Romans 3:23).

 

Can you see your predicament? You are guilty of sinning against God Himself, and, because you have a conscience, (con-with, science-knowledge) you have sinned "with knowledge."

Isn't it true that every time you lied, stole, or lusted, etc., you knew it was wrong?

 

Does the fact that you have sinned against God scare you? It should.

You have actually angered
Him by your sin.

The Bible says His wrath abides on you (John 3:36), and that you are an "enemy of God in your mind through wicked works," (Colossians 1:21).

 

Perhaps you think God is good and because of his goodness He will overlook your sins?

But if you knew of a human judge who turned a blind eye to the crimes of a guilty rapist... would you describe him as a "good" judge?

No. That would be a corrupt judge.

 

 

God could never be a corrupt judge.

He will punish all the rapists, murderers, and thieves... But he won't stop there. He will also punish all liars, the lustful, adulterers, idolaters, and blasphemers, (Revelation 21:8).

 

 

BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS:

God does not want you to perish. He is rich in
and compassion, and has provided a way for you to be forgiven. He has invited you to come to Him for a full pardon and receive the free gift of Eternal Life. You cannot earn it, and you do not deserve it, but God is offering it to you as proof of His love for you.

Imagine you are standing in front of a judge, guilty of multiple serious crimes. All the evidence has been presented and there is no doubt about your guilt. Your apologies and good works cannot erase your crimes; therefore you must be punished. The fine for your crime is £50,000 or imprisonment, but you don’t have two pennies to rub together. The judge is about to pass sentence when someone you don't even know steps in and pays your fine for you! The court accepts the money and declares that you are free to go. The law has been satisfied, your debt has been paid in full, and the stranger’s sacrifice was a demonstration of his love for you. That’s what God did for you 2000 years ago.

The Bible says that the God of the Universe became a man (Jesus Christ), and suffered and died on the cross for your sins and mine so that we could be set free. It's as simple as this—we broke the Law, and Jesus paid our fine.

"God demonstrated His own love for us in that while
we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
(Romans 5:8)

"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law,
being made a curse for us."
(Galatians 3:13)

Do you see God’s great love for you? Do you see your need for His forgiveness? Then do what He commands and "Repent…that your sins may be wiped out and times of refreshing may come from the Lord." (Acts 3:19) You must turn away from sin and turn to God. Desire to have NOTHING to do with sin, and surrender your life to the One who can save you. Jesus died to set you free, and then he rose from death to be your Lord. Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me." If you will confess and forsake your sins (repent) and trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, God will forgive you and you’ll pass from death to life.

If you are not sure how to pray, read Psalm 51 (copied for you at the end of this article) and make it your prayer.

What does it mean to "put your faith in Jesus Christ?" It means to personally trust in Jesus the same way you’d trust in a parachute if you had to jump 25,000 feet out of an airplane. You wouldn’t just "believe" in the parachute; you would put it on! In the same way, the Bible says, "Put on the Lord Jesus Christ..." and you will be saved. There are millions of people who "believe" Jesus exists . . . but they have not put on the Savior—there’s a BIG difference. And the difference will be obvious when you "jump" through the door of death.

Today, with all your heart—turn away from sin, and surrender your life to Jesus Christ. Please don’t put it off till later. You may die today and then it will be too late. You may not yet have all the answers to your questions, but better to put on the parachute first and then ask questions, then to pass through the door unprepared, grasping for the parachute when it’s too late.

 

 

Psalm 51:1-17

1 Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me.

4 Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight-- That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.

5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.

6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8 Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice.

9 Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.

14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.

15 O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart-- These, O God, You will not despise.

 

 

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