Supposedly, good people go to Heaven, and most people believe that they are good and that they are going to Heaven. Why would anyone need Jesus? We are confident in our goodness despite our consciences convicting us of right and wrong. We feel guilt, shame, and regret for what we have done. We have all lied, stole, slandered, cursed someone, hated, and lusted for someone we should not. Are we innocent or guilty? Our consciences tell us that we are guilty but we all want to be free of such condemnation.

Sometimes, we console ourselves by saying that society’s standards make us feel guilty. Unless we have become morally callous, we should all feel guilty even if society approves of child abuse or trafficking of the innocent. Society cannot be the standard for moral right and wrong. Society did not give us our conscience. They have no right to tell us what is good and what is evil. We all have rights. We know that those who violate our rights are doing evil. Our consciences and our pursuit of our rights show constant proof of a standard of right and wrong.

The Origin of Virtue

Virtue was not invented by people but rather existed before people. From where would virtue have begun? Virtue is constant and has always been. The only other options for the origin of virtue that it comes from nothing or it came from people, which cannot be that something come from nothing or virtue from contradicting societies.

We are confident that the existence of virtue implies purpose. There is a purpose to life. Virtue presents justice as justice is essential to maintain human rights. There will be justice and there must be a judgment for the guilty. How can there be judgment without there being a just and virtuous Judge? However, we are all guilty great or low. We are often confused over what is right and wrong since people contradict each other. We are constantly convicted by our consciences to know what is good and evil by an innate sense of judgment upon us. From what we do know, we know that we all have guilt, shame, and regret.

How Does Jesus Help

This brings us to our question. Who needs Jesus? What’s the point? What does Jesus offer to understand right and wrong? What virtues does Jesus bring? Does Jesus bring justice to the guilty? Where are the greatest and purest morals? We can consider the morals of many. Among these is Jesus. We must admit that His teachings stand out among the many. He was the first to say, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35), “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise” (Luke 6:31), “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13), and much more (Matt 5:39–42, 44; 6:19, 21, 25; 15:18–20; Luke 6:37; 14:12–13; John 7:24; 13:34–35). His virtues bring much clarity on whether we really want to accept Jesus or not. In all of this, we are confident that there must be mercy, but not a mercy from those who keep doing evil and not a mercy made up by society. Therefore, we either neglect a search for truth with mercy, half-heartedly take in what we can, or we diligently pursue mercy among all the morality that we can gather.

The Words of Jesus

We cannot escape the words of Jesus of Nazareth. His words weigh on the hearts of those who know them. Some people scoff at him and most neglect him. The rest believe Jesus’s teachings and diligently seek mercy from the great Judge us all who Jesus refers to as His heavenly Father. By the evidence of a plurality of witnesses, we know whether history is true or whether someone is guilty of a crime. By this standard, the witnesses of Jesus’s life confirmed that Jesus lived, died, and resurrected. Jesus taught the highest and purest standard of morals that have ever been taught, but this teacher suffered persecution and died being nailed to a wooden cross. Then according to witnesses, they confirm that Jesus was innocent of all sin and was not worthy of the justice and condemnation of death, and thereby Jesus defeated death by being raised from the dead (Heb 2:14). Because of this, Jesus is the only way to eternal life in the new earth (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

Jesus revealed that His words will judge the world on the last day (John 12:47–48). His words are spirit and life (John 6:63). Jesus gave these words to His Apostles who wrote them in the Bible and His words will never pass away (John 15:20; 17:8; cf. Matt 24:35). Jesus’s apostles and prophets wrote His words so that you can know that you have eternal life and so that you can be complete and equipped to do every good work (1 John 5:13; 2 Tim 3:16–17). Jesus showed that our own good deeds cannot save us and get us into the eternal kingdom of the heavenly country (Eph 2:8–9). Christ is the author of salvation to all those who obey Him (Heb 5:9).

Meaning, Purpose, and Judgment

The problem with believing that good people go to heaven by being good is that they believe that they are good apart from Jesus Christ and this makes Jesus’s life and death meaningless and void. In doing this, we would disregard our own guilt. Jesus also taught that man and woman were created in the image of God (Matt 19:4; cf. Gen 1:26–27). Jesus’s words teach that God is love (1 John 4:8, 16; cf. 1 Cor 13:13). This indicates that humankind was created in God’s image with the purpose to love. This also indicates that to do evil is to act without love, which is how people are guilty and thus we offend God (1 Cor 13:1–3). Therefore, Jesus is right to say that if we love God, then we will obey His commands (John 14:21, 23–24).

Jesus’s words teach that one day everyone will be judged by God for what they have done (Rev 22:12; cf. 2 Cor 5:10). Jesus also taught that there are only two destinations for the innocent and the guilty: eternal life and eternal punishment (Matt 25:34, 41, 46). All are guilty including good people. All have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23; 5:12). All are condemned having earned spiritual death (Rom 5:16–18; 6:23; cf. John 3:18–21). However, there is good news for the guilty.

The Good News

How can we be saved through Jesus’s death and resurrection? Jesus’s words teach you to believe and confess that He is the resurrected Lord and God (Rom 10:9–10; cf. John 1:1, 14; 8:24, 58). Jesus taught, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven” (Matt 7:21). There is more to being saved than confessing Christ as “Lord.” Jesus teaches that one who loves Him will keep His commands (John 14:21, 23–24). Jesus’s words teach the necessity for you to change your mind to stop practicing sin (repent) and be immersed (baptized) in water in Jesus’s name to wash away your sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). Jesus revealed, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16). Know that there is only one baptism to obey, which is to be immersed in water (Acts 10:47–48; Eph 4:5; 5:26). With obedience, people are saved by the Gospel: the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor 15:1–4; 2 Thess 1:7–9). One obeys the Gospel by re-enacting it by dying to sins, being buried in baptism, and being resurrected to a new life (Rom 6:4–6; Col 2:12–13). Is this the Gospel that you obeyed? “Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins” (Acts 22:16).

By baptism, one is added to the church of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 12:13). The church is Christ’s people and community. Christ saved, built, and bought with His blood the one Church (Matt 16:18; Eph 1:22–23; 4:4; 5:23–26; cf. Acts 20:28). After baptism, one must walk in the light that the blood of Christ washes away sins (1 John 1:7). Walking in the light is to obey God’s commands in love (1 John 2:3–6). His commands include reading the Bible, praying, and going to the meetings of the church of Christ (Phil. 4:6–7; 1 Tim 4:13; Heb 10:25). The truth is that God wants everyone to know the truth and be saved (1 Tim 2:4), so be aware of many who knowingly or unknowingly perverts the gospel of Christ for they are accursed (Matt 7:15–20; Gal 1:6–12).