According to the New Testament Scriptures, man is condemned to eternal separation from God because of his state of rebellion, wrongdoing (sin). We have all sinned and fallen short of God`s standards (Romans 3:23). If we do not turn to God in repentance (sorrow over our wrongdoing)--and if we don`t receive God`s Son, Jesus, as our Savior and Lord--then we are doomed to perish. But there is good news for mankind. God sent His Son so we could be saved: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
This passage which is found in John`s biography of Jesus goes on to explain more clearly what it means to be saved: "For God didn`t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn`t believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn`t come to the light, lest his works would be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God" (John 3:17- 21).
Category: What must I do to go to Heaven?