In the haze of another lapse, the moral ideals of faith beat upon us, convicting the conscience, stabbing the heart, and telling us that we are guilty. We console ourselves by the deception that other people make us feel guilty. With the most recent transgression burdening our thoughts and weighing on our spirit, we feel the piercing of a moral sword and the cut of deep regret from our new evil. For a little while, those transgressions burn upon our hearts, smoking our thoughts, and compelling us to escape. There is the reality that we harden ourselves against. That is the fear of God, who we do not want to believe will cast us into Hell. In that moment of conflicting conscience, we resist and reason against the question, “Am I going to Hell?”

In some words or others, we console ourselves saying, “Wait. Good people go to Heaven, and I am a good person.” How can God keep someone as good as me from Heaven?With this reasoning, God is obligated to give us eternal life in paradise. The instant that we accept this idea is when we disregard the sacrifice and resurrection of a Messiah. The concept of Jesus is now pointless, and now we only need Him for assurance and moral encouragement. By this reasoning, God does not decide, who is good, but we justify ourselves by our own good deeds. We must reject any condemnation of sin for which we cannot cover by our goodness. What comforting self-righteousness!

“[K]nowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”

“Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

“But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!”

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”

“For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

“Seek, and you will find.”

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”

“if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins”

“before Abraham was, I AM”

“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.”

“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.”