What if Jesus Spoke the Truth?
If there's one chance in a million that Jesus spoke the truth, then you owe it to your good sense to listen to Him. Jesus taught that every human being will either go to heaven or to hell. We can afford to be wrong about temporal things but none of us can afford to be wrong about eternal things.
The Bible declares, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The Bible defines sin as “the transgression [or breaking] of the law” (1 John 3:4). Therefore, if you have ever envied, lied, stolen, committed adultery, fornicated or even lusted after someone, hated someone, dishonored your parents, used God’s name in vain, or have not always loved God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, you have sinned against God. (See Exodus 20:1–17; Matthew 5:28; Mark 12:30; and 1 John 3:15.) None of us is perfect and without sin. Hence, the proverb says, “Who can say, ‘I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin’?” (Proverbs 20:9).
The Bible speaks of a coming day of judgment. Hebrews 9:27 states, “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” When you appear before God on that fateful day, will you be innocent or guilty of sinning against Him? Will you go to heaven or hell? If you admit to hell, skip to the next paragraph. If you say “heaven,” then consider the following scenario. A man is found guilty of murder. When granted his right to speak, he says, “But, your honor, I am sorry for what I did; I will never murder again” or “But I have never murdered before” or “But I have done more good than bad; a lot of people are worse than I am.” Will any of these excuses make him not guilty of murder? Of course not. And since he is guilty, he must be punished. Similarly, your excuses on the day of judgment will not remove your guilt of sin against God. And since you are guilty, you must be punished. God’s punishment for those who have sinned against Him is eternal punishment in hell. (See Matthew 10:28; 18:8–9; and 25:46.) This should greatly concern you.
God does not want you to go to hell and neither do I. He sent His Son, Jesus, to live a sinless life by keeping a law you could not keep, and then to die on a cross for your sins. Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead, thereby defeating death. God promises that if you place your faith in His Son, Jesus, He will forgive all your sins and grant you everlasting life. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16; see also 3:36; 5:24; 6:40, 47; and 11:25).
Please do not delay placing your faith in Jesus and having your sins forgiven. The moment you do, you will receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and everlasting life. Since you may not have tomorrow, put your faith in Jesus today.
I hope to see you in heaven.
*I am indebted to Ray Comfort's work in evangelism for this Gospel message.