In continuing with what I wrote yesterday, I want to clarify some things that I may have left unclear. I do not want to be misinterpreted or misunderstood. But I do want my position to be understood clearly. I had written that I believe good deeds without the accompanying faith in Jesus Christ are worthless in regards to gaining entrance into heaven, and I am not backing down from that statement. My flesh and conscience wishes it was different but the bible is very clear: only a those who believe in the Son of God, Jesus, and that He provided salvation for all through His death and resurrection will enter into heaven.
Now there are two points I wish to touch. One is that many believe there are many roads that lead to heaven. Well, in a sense that can be considered true. I believe a better way to word that is that there are many roads that lead to the throne room where we will all stand before the Great White Throne of Judgment. Make no mistake, we will all stand before Jesus Christ, in all His risen glory bestowed upon Him by His Father, and await His judgment. It will not matter if we are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Maoist, Communist, Socialist, Zoroastorist, atheist, whatever-you-believe-ist. We will all stand before Him. There is only way for anyone to get to the other side of that throne, and that is if we have the mark of the redeemed placed upon us by God. There is no other way. One must believe in the risen Savior, Jesus Christ.
Now those who do good deeds and are not a Christian will not go to heaven. It is a black and white issue. There is no gray area that will allow anyone to slip by. No amount of good works will get anyone into heaven. They will lessen the severity of the punishment one might suffer in Hell (and I do believe there will be a Hell, and the devil will not reign there either) but suffer they will for not repenting of their sins. Judged and found wanting because they would not believe on Him who was sent to redeem them.
We cannot be confused about the love God has for us. We cannot simply believe that He would not create a standard we cannot meet nor believe that it is completely unfair that a person who was good in their lifetime should suffer in eternity. It is not fair, by human standards. But God is not human. He is not one of us. God is good, loving, merciful and ever graceful to us, but all of these emanate from His Holiness, and His holiness cannot allow sin to exist in His presence. Simply put, only an acknowledgement of the work of the cross can enable us to pass to the right of Christ on His judgment throne.