Destination set after death

To the editor:

My heart aches concerning the misunderstanding of many concerning the subject of life after death. Many are the false assumptions that “being a good person,” being religious, belonging to a certain church or having been baptized as an infant qualifies one for Heaven.

These consoling thoughts are too often conveyed at a funeral service — giving a false hope. They are deceptive and unbiblical. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12)

There is only one way that a person can get to Heaven. In the Bible it plainly says “Truly I say unto you: Unless you are born again, you can never get into the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) This is a relationship — not a religion.

God, through Jesus, provided through His sacrificial death the way to eternal life. The scripture presents it very clearly: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, so that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

No one is good enough to go to Heaven, because not a single sin can enter there. But, praise God, when we recognize our sins and repent of them and accept His forgiveness (as a free gift!) and turn from them to live a new life in and through Him, we are assured of Heaven.

There’s only two ways to die: in Christ and outside of Christ — and you can’t change course after you die.