The Good News Voice: Questionnaire: where are you going when you die and why?

The Good News Voice: Questionnaire: where are you going when you die and why?

Questionnaire: where are you going when you die and why?

 

Death escapes no man. Every man will cross the threshold of death. The Bible says, “There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it” (Ecclesiastes 8:8 KJV). 

 

  1. If you were to die right now, “where” would you go? (check one)

  • heaven

  • hell

  • other: __________

 

  1. Once you have an idea of where you are going, please explain “why.”

  • 1. I am going to Heaven because I keep the Ten Commandments.

  • 2. I am going to Heaven because I confess my sins. 

  • 3. I am going to Heaven because I feel sorry for my sins.

  • 4. I am going to Heaven because I stopped sinning.

  • 5. I am going to Heaven because I sincerely do my best.

  • 6. I am going to Heaven because of my good deeds.

  • 7. I am going to Heaven because I give money to the church.

  • 8. I am going to Heaven because I was water baptized. 

  • 9. I am going to Heaven because I partook in communion.

  • 10. I am going to Heaven because I went through confirmation.

  • 11. I am going to Heaven because I asked Jesus into my heart. 

  • 12. I am going to Heaven because I surrendered my life to Jesus. 

  • 13. I am going to Heaven because I made a promise to God. 

  • 14. I am going to Heaven because I said the “sinner’s prayer.”

  • 15. I am going to Heaven because I believe in a “higher power.”

  • 16. I am going to Heaven because I believe in Allah.

  • 17. I am going to Heaven because I pray to Mary. 

  • 18. I am going to Heaven because I have Christian parents. 

  • 19. I don’t believe in Heaven / Hell. When I die, my life is over. 

  • 20. I am going to Hell because I am a bad person. 

  • 21. I am going to Heaven because I trust in Christ and serve Him. 

  • 22. I am going to Heaven because I trust in Christ alone as my only hope.  

 

  1. Please explain the reasoning behind the “why” on question number 2. 

  • This is what my priest told me.

  • This is what my parents told me. 

  • This is what I think.

  • This is what I was told at church.

  • This is what I learned at a bible camp.

  • This is what the Bible says and here is the verse: _________________________

 

Now, you have an idea of “where” you think you are going, you have an idea of “why” you are going where you think you are going, and you explained the “reasoning” behind the “why.” 

 

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this questionnaire. Let us continue to read and see what the Bible says. 

 

No. 1: It is impossible to get to Heaven this way. Following the Ten Commandments does not pay for sin. The Bible says: “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law” (Romans 3:28 KJV).

 

No. 2, 3, 4: It is impossible to get to Heaven this way. Confessing sins, being sorry for sins, or stop sinning does not pay for sin.  The payment or penalty for sin is death; eternal separation from God in Hell.  The Bible says: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23 KJV).

 

No. 5, 6, 7: It is impossible to get to Heaven this way. Doing your best, doing good deeds, or giving money to churches does not pay for sin. Since Heaven is perfect, we must also be perfect to go there.  The Bible says: “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life” (Revelation 21:27 KJV). 

 

No. 8, 9, 10: It is impossible to get to Heaven this way. Water baptism, communion, or going through confirmation does not pay for sin.  The Bible says: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5 KJV).

 

No. 11, 12, 13, 14: It is impossible to get to Heaven this way. Asking Jesus into your heart, surrendering life to Jesus, making a promise to God, saying the “sinner’s prayer” does not pay for sin. The Bible says: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV).

 

No. 15, 16, 17: It is impossible to get to Heaven this way. Believing in a “higher power,” Allah, or praying to Mary does not pay for sin. The Bible says: “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts 16:31 KJV).

 

No. 18: It is impossible to get to Heaven this way. Just because a person has parents that trust in Christ alone for salvation does not mean their children are saved. The Bible says: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13 KJV). “Not of blood” means not of one’s parents.  You must be born of God to be saved.

 

No. 19: Just because a person does not believe in Heaven, Hell, or the Lake of Fire does not mean there is not a Heaven, Hell, or the Lake of Fire. The Bible clearly talks about Heaven, Hell, and the Lake of Fire. Man has sinned against God alone. “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest” (Psalm 51:4 KJV). Because mans’ offense, trespass, iniquity, and sin are against God and God alone, it is only God that can forgive. Forgiveness is in the Blood of Jesus Christ. “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7 KJV). When a person believes in the Gospel of Christ, they are born again and forever know they are going to Heaven. Christ’s death on the Cross does nothing for individuals unless it gives them eternal life. Believe NOT the Gospel and forever be separated from GOD in Hell and eventually cast into the Lake of Fire for all eternity which is the second death, spiritual death, separated from GOD. “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power” (II Thessalonians 1:8-9 KJV).  “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:14-15 KJV). 

 

No. 20: Good people do not go to Heaven. Bad people do not go to Hell. People go to Hell because they believe NOT the Gospel of Jesus Christ. People trust NOT in Jesus Christ as their Savior. People believe NOT Jesus Christ died on the Cross for all their sins, burial, and resurrection. People do NOT trust alone in the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ. “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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16-18 KJV). 

 

No. 21: Incorrect!  It is impossible to get to heaven this way. To trust in Christ is to be saved by grace (unmerited favor).  To include serving Him would mean you must also add works to something free.  That would contradict what the Bible says: “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work” (Romans 11:6 KJV).

 

What is the correct answer?  

 

No. 22: Yes, this is the only way to get to Heaven.  The only way is the easiest way.  Believing in Christ alone for salvation is the only acceptable answer. When a person believes Christ died on the cross for ALL their sins, burial, and rose again to give to that person, at the very moment they trust in Him alone, the free gift of Eternal Life.  The Bible says:  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever (your name) believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 KJV). “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life” (John 6:47 KJV).

 

After reading what the Bible says, what should you do?  

 

Doesn’t it make sense to trust the only one who came back from the dead as your only hope of going to Heaven?  Right now, tell the Lord that you believe that Jesus Christ paid for all your sins, He was buried for you, and He resurrected for you, and that you trust in Him to take you to Heaven when you die. When a person trusts in Christ alone for salvation, that person can know they are going to Heaven when they die because the Bible says they can know. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (I John 5:13 KJV).

 

THE PLAN OF SALVATION - THE GOSPEL

 

The Gospel is Jesus Christ died on the Cross for our sins (past, present, and future), He was buried, and He resurrected the third day to show us the payment for sin is paid in full.  

  • I Corinthians 15:1-4: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.

 

God loves you. Lord Savior Jesus Christ was revealed in the flesh for one reason: to save us from our sins.  Jesus Christ does not come to condemn individuals.  Jesus Christ comes to save us because we are all Hell doomed sinners without the Blood of Jesus Christ. 

  • John 3:16-18:  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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

 

All individuals are sinners. The payment for sin is death. 

  • Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.

  • Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Christ died for your sin and resurrected for you.

  • II Corinthians 5:21: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

  • I Corinthians 15:3-4: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.

 

If you believe in Christ alone, you receive eternal life.

  • John 6:47: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

  • I John 5:13: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

 

If you could be “saved” by being water baptized, doing good works, be a good person, or following the Ten Commandments? Why did (the God from Eternity Past, the God from Eternity Future) the Ever Presence Jesus Christ reveal Himself in the flesh and die on the Cross and resurrect the third day?  No church can reconcile. No sacrament can save. No work or tradition of men can redeem. Only Jesus Christ can save a person from a Hell they deserve to a Heaven they do not deserve -all by grace!

  • Galatians 2:21: I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

 

If you could earn salvation by doing those things, then Jesus Christ died in vain. However, Jesus Christ did not die in vain. Jesus Christ made a perfect sacrifice for sin. He is the Lamb of God, and only the Lamb of God can make a perfect sacrifice for sin. There is only one way to Heaven, and it is the belief in the Finished Redemptive Work of Jesus Christ.

  • Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

  • Philippians 3:9: And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.

  • Galatians 2:16: Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

  • Titus 3:5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.

 

The resurrection is proof God the Father accepted Jesus Christ’s death payment for sin -death payment of past, present, and future sin: ALL SIN!

 

People DO NOT go to Hell because they are “bad.” People go to Hell because they believe NOT the Gospel of Jesus Christ. People trust NOT in Jesus Christ as their Savior. People believe NOT Jesus Christ died on the Cross for their sins, burial, and resurrection. People do NOT trust alone in the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ. 

  • II Thessalonians 1:8-9: In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.

 

Know that God is gracious to you.  He has already died for all your sins (past, present, and future), He was buried for you showing all the world He died for your sins, and He was resurrected for you, showing all the world that Jesus Christ fulfilled what the Father asked Him to do: IT IS FINISHED! Your sins are paid in full. I pray you to believe in Jesus Christ right now for salvation -believe Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sin, burial, and resurrection. Trust alone in Jesus Christ as your Savior. If you know someone who is “not saved,” share the Gospel message with them or forward this message to them. 

 

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Once Saved, Always Saved -“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one” (John 10:28-30 KJV).