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Does Everyone Go to Heaven?

How does God decide who goes to heaven? Do good people go to heaven? Ultimately, will everyone go to heaven when they die?

Going to heaven isn’t about living a relatively good life. Yes, God wants us to treat others well and take care of the things He’s given us, but spending forever with Him in heaven has nothing to do with that.

In fact, there’s nothing we can do to earn our way to heaven. Not helping others, not working hard, not serving the community. And that’s a good thing, because we’d never be able to do enough.

You might not think of yourself as a “bad person,” and maybe you aren’t compared to others. But God tells us in the Bible—His message to humanity—that no human is without sin (Romans 3:23). And it’s sin that separates us from a perfect, holy God.

The prophet Isaiah once explained that even our best efforts and intentions will never be worthy of God (Isaiah 64:6).

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, said the only way to heaven is through faith in Him (John 14:6). How is that possible? Jesus, who was sinless, took our sins upon Himself so we could be cleansed of our imperfections and made holy before God. He erases our sins when we trust in Him!

Paul, a godly man who lived around the time of Jesus, once wrote a letter to a church, saying, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

God cares about more than a holy performance; He wants us to know Him and be known by Him.

So does everyone go to heaven? Everyone who puts their faith in Jesus will go to heaven.

You can be sure of your place in heaven right now.


Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?