Will everyone go to Heaven one day? - James Bell

There are some who believe they, and everyone else, will go to Heaven when they die -- that it is not logical that a loving God would let anyone go to Hell.

I was listening to my car radio some time ago and the announcer was saying that God loved everybody so much He would never let anyone go to Hell rather than Heaven.

Some people are prone to talk in half-truths. God does love everyone; we know this from the Bible. John 3:16 tells us, "For God so loved the world ... " This does mean He loves everybody-the world.

However, one must hear all that God is saying: "That He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him would not perish, but would have eternal life." To go to Heaven, one must believe in Jesus Christ.

This means one must have faith in Jesus in order to go to Heaven! God loves us! Yes!

He is doing His part, giving us His plan of salvation. But we must accept fully this great offer of His Son's sacrifice, His death on the cross, His burial and His resurrection.

If we do not, then our choice is punishment in Hell. There are many scriptures that fully back up this truth, that further explain the part we humans must believe in order to be saved.

Ephesians 2:8 and 9 tell us,"For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works so that none can boast."

We definitely are saved through our faith in Jesus Christ. I have the privilege of asking many each week if they feel they will go to Heaven when they die, and why. Many say simply: "I live a good life, and I go to Church when I can."

Others say: "I'm a good person." And still others say: "Because I deserve it."

These are all "work" answers and will not take anyone to Heaven. We just read that the Bible says, "Not of works." No, it is by faith alone that we are saved!

All must repent of their sins and ask God to forgive them in Jesus Christ's name. There is no other way!

We cannot earn our way to Heaven, nor can we modify God's plan in any way. Jesus said in John 14: 6, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except by me."

Romans 10: 9 and 10 says, "If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes resulting in righteousness and with the mouth one confesses resulting in salvation."

Proverbs 14:12 says, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." Romans 6:23 says, "The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Will everyone go to Heaven one day? Only through faith in Jesus Christ. Our great God gives us a choice, either to accept Jesus as Savior or to reject Him. He wants to bless us and expand our mind, our capabilities and to guide us in our life as we live for Him.

Will you put your faith in Jesus today? I pray you will.

May God bless you.