Q. How do I get to heaven?
A. To get to heaven, all you need to do is believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is the son of God, that Jesus Christ died on the cross unjustly to wipe away your sins, and that after three days Jesus Christ rose from the dead. You should pray and ask Jesus to come in to your heart.
Q. Once I go to heaven, can I lose my salvation?
A. No. The Bible says:
- "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance, seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." -Hebrews 6:4-6 (Jesus died once for our sins... not over and over and over again, meaning that once is good enough for eternity. You can't lose your salvation because if you did and then got saved again, it would mean Jesus would have to die again on the cross for you).
- "And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life." 1John 2:25 (Eternal means forever... if something is forever, it means you can't lose it).
- "And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." -1John 5:11-12 (Once again, eternal life. If you accept Jesus as your savior you will have that eternal life with God, and if you don't accept him, than you will not have that eternal life).
Q. Do I have to stop sinning to go to heaven?
A. No. Once you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you should try to repent of your sins (try to stop sinning). God wants us to stop sinning, and once you are saved you should want to stop sinning too because you should want to do good things for God. The great thing about Salvation through Christ however is that it is by faith, and not by works. The Bible clearly tells us that you are saved (your sins are wiped away) by believing in Jesus Christ, not by doing good things to get into heaven. It would actually be impossible to repent of every sin you have ever committed because we have committed so many of them we would never remember every one of them.
Q. Do I have to be baptized to go to heaven?
A. You do not need to be baptized by water (this is where the preacher dunks your head under water for a moment in church) to go to heaven. The great thing about Salvation through Christ is that it is by faith, and not by works. The Bible clearly tells us that you are saved (your sins are wiped away) by believing in Jesus Christ, not by doing good things to get into heaven. Baptism by water is simply a symbolic gesture to show that you are ready to give your life to Christ. When you accept Jesus Christ as your savior and Lord of your life, and pray and ask him to come into your life, you are then baptized by the holy spirit. This is a yes and no question. No, you do not need to be baptized by water in a church by a preacher to go to heaven. Yes, you do need to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and be baptized by the holy spirit in doing so to go to heaven.
Q. Do I have to speak in tongues to go to heaven?
A. No. Being able to speak in tongues is supposed to be a gift from God, but you do not need this gift to become saved and go to heaven. The great thing about Salvation through Christ is that it is by faith, and not by works. The Bible clearly tells us that you are saved (your sins are wiped away) by believing in Jesus Christ, not by doing good things to get into heaven.
Q. Can't I get into heaven just because I'm a good person?
A. Unfortunately not. Many "good people" will go to hell because they never accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The great thing about Salvation through Christ is that it is by faith, and not by works. The Bible clearly tells us that you are saved (your sins are wiped away) by believing in Jesus Christ, not by doing good things to get into heaven.
Miscellaneous about Heaven:
Q. What is heaven like?A. "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field." Matthew 13:43-44
"...rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. " Luke 10:20
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4
While we don't know what exactly heaven is like, we know there will be no pain and suffering, no sadness, no sorrow, and no death there. We know we will be near to God because Heaven is where God lives. We know from Revelations that God has made us mansions to live in in heaven. We know that only those who are saved (those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior) will be in heaven. If you are saved your name will be written in the book of life in Heaven. Heaven is a place where you can store your spiritual treasures.
Q. What happens to my stuff when I go to heaven or hell?
A. The Bible says that one day all things on earth will be burned, including all of your stuff. Instead of worrying about what things you have here on earth (money, a new car, a big house, a big TV, etc...) the Bible talks about laying up your treasures in heaven. "Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!" Mark 10:21-23
If you think about it, all of your material possessions will be gone eventually, but the life you lead on earth will determine the life you lead in heaven. The Bible says that when we are in heaven God will have things for us to do. We will also be awarded crowns based on certain things that we have done in our life on earth. "...and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Revelation 4:10-11
"Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven." Matthew 5:12
Q. Where do angels come from?
A. God created angels (also known as Cherubims) just as He created all things. The first book of the Bible, Genesis, tells us about God's creation of the heavens and earth, and of all things within. Some people mistakenly believe that when a person dies and go to heaven they become angels. The Bible however never says that when you die you become an angel. What it does say is that people who go to heaven will receive glorified bodies. While there is a lot of question about what exactly a "glorified" body is, it is believed to be the body you will have that will be free of death, disease, pain, and aging. Some people also believe that having a glorified body will mean having special powers, such as the power to heal, fly, etc...
Q. Are heaven and hell eternal?
A. No. Heaven and hell are only waiting places. When a person who is saved dies, they go to heaven to wait for the eternal reign of Jesus Christ. When people who are not saved die they go to hell to wait for judgment day. The Bible says there will be a day of judgment when those who are unsaved will be taken through all of their transgressions and then cast into the lake of fire for eternity... the lake of fire is also where Jesus will cast death and disease and Satan. If your name is found written in the book of life you will wait in heaven until the eternal reign of Christ, at which time you will help Christ rule over his kingdom. You can find this information in the book of Revelation.