If Good People Go to Heaven, then Who Needs Jesus?

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 that our consciences convict us of right and wrong, and we feel guilty when we do evil. Everyone has done wrong. We’ve all done evil. We have all have 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.

Sometimes, we console ourselves by saying that society’s standards make us feel guilty. Yet, unless we have become morally callous, we should all feel guilty if our society approved of the mass murder or the enslavement of the innocent. Clearly, society does not establish right and wrong, and society not did 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 a constant proof of a standard of right and wrong, a constant morality and virtue.

This virtue wasn’t invented by people, but rather existed before people. Where would virtue have come from? There is no other origin of virtue to consider other than that virtue is constant and has always been, because 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.

This brings us to our question. Who needs Jesus? What’s the point? What does Jesus offer to right and wrong? What virtues does Jesus bring? Does Jesus bring justice to the guilty? We are confident that the existence of virtue implies purpose. There is purpose to life. Virtue also 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? Yet, we are all guilty whether great or small. Yet, we are often confused over what is right and wrong since society contradict each other. We are constantly convicted by our consciences to know what is good and evil knowing that a judgment is coming. In what we do know, we know that we have all done evil.

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 whether we really want to accept Jesus or not, because there not only is there even more guilt from Jesus’ teachings, but Jesus also said so much more. In all of this, we are confident that there must be mercy, but not mercy for those who keep doing evil and not a mercy made up by society. Therefore, we either neglect a search for truth with mercy, half-halfheartedly taken in what we can, or we diligently pursue mercy among all the morality that we can gather.

Yet, we cannot escape the words of Jesus. His words weigh on our hearts. Some people scoff at him and most neglect him. The rest believe Jesus’ teachings and diligently seek mercy from the great Judge us all who Jesus refers to as His heavenly Father. We accept that something really did happen when evidence or a person bear witness and can be confirmed by others. By this we know whether history is true or whether someone is guilty of a crime. By this standard, the witnesses of Jesus’ life confirmed that Jesus lived, died, and was even 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 Jesus’ 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 in being raised from the dead (Heb. 2:14). Because of this, Jesus is the only way to eternal life in Heaven (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). Jesus spoke more about who He was and His virtues.

Jesus said that His words will judge the world on the last day (John 12:47-48), and that 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, Matt. 24:35). Jesus’ Apostles 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 own good deeds cannot save us and get us into Heaven (Eph. 2:8-9), but He is the Christ, the author of salvation to all those who obey Him (Heb. 5:9).

See, 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’ life and death meaningless and void, because in doing this, we would not recognize our own guilt. Jesus also taught that man and woman were created in the image of God (Matt. 19:4, Gen. 1:26-27). Jesus’ words teach that God is love, the greatest virtue (1 John 4:8, 16, 1 Cor. 13:13), which 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’ words teach that one day everyone will be judged by God for what they have done (Rev. 22:12, 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, fallen short of God’s glory (Rom. 3:23, 5:12), and are condemned (Rom. 5:16-18, John 3:18-21) having earned spiritual death (Rom. 6:23), but there is good news for the guilty.

How can we be saved through Jesus’ death and resurrection? Jesus’ words teach you to believe and confess that He is the resurrected Lord and God (Rom. 10:9-10, John 8:24, 58; 1:1, 1:14). Jesus also said, “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), so there is more to do to be saved than just believing and confessing Christ. Jesus teaches that one who loves Him will keep His commands (John 14:21, 23-24). Jesus’ words teach the necessity for you to change your mind to stop practicing sin (repent) and be immersed (baptized) in water in Jesus’ name to wash away your sins (Acts 2:38, 22:16). Jesus said, “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 (Eph. 4:5, 5:26, Acts 10:47-48). With obedience, people are saved by the Gospel: the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor. 15:1-4, 2 Thes. 1:7-9). One obeys the Gospel in re-enacting it by dying to sins, being buried in baptism, and being resurrected in living 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, and it is essential (Matt. 16:18, Eph. 1:22-23, 4:4, 5:23-26, 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 (1 Tim. 4:13, Phil. 4:6-7, 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 pervert the Gospel of Christ (Matt. 7:15-20, Gal. 1:6-12).

About Scott J Shifferd

Minister, church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL. Husband and father of four. Email: ScottJon82[at]yahoo.com
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