Are You Really Saved? There Is Only One Way to Get to Heaven
God wants everyone to go to Heaven, and He offers this to anyone. But, He also gave us free will. It is up to each of us to decide whether or not to accept His offer.
Maybe you are a really, really good person so you deserve to go to Heaven. You only tell little white lies once in a while; you don't claim all your income, but you don't steal from stores; and you really hate the neighbor next door, but you've never killed anyone. Technically, that makes you a liar, a thief, and a murderer. A murderer? God says that he who hates his "brother" has killed. You've also never had an affair, but when you think about having sex with your neighbor's wife, you've already done it in your heart. So you're also an adulterer.
Wow! You really would be kept out of Heaven if you died right now. Only people with absolutely no sins are accepted into Heaven. That's where Jesus Christ comes in. Jesus is the only one who has ever been perfect and without sin. BUT, Jesus died so you could be saved! When Jesus died, He willingly bore the sin of the whole world - past, present and future. He paid the fine in full for all of your crimes. Your bill has been taken care of, and you are made perfect - that is, if you accept Him. Another condition? Yes, you must accept Jesus.
But, maybe you already go to church, you are a good person, and you even pray often. So you're fine, right? --- Have you been saved? Ah, you prayed the Sinner's Prayer. Sorry, God says nothing about the Sinner's Prayer in the Bible. That lie came from the devil and is continued by so many who believe men's books instead of the Bible. (These men wouldn't make as many millions of dollars if they did not make you think that salvation was instantaneous and effortless!) You're not saved. --- But you were baptized as a baby! No, infant baptism has nothing to do with salvation, and you're still not saved.
Until you are saved, most of your prayers do not even reach God, because God can only accept the prayers of perfect people. Jesus does take the prayers of those that are seeking salvation, seeking a relationship with God, to God. You can't be saved through prayer alone, but God can lead you to someone who will show you the Word or send someone to you. When you are saved, Jesus (who is perfect) takes your prayers directly to God. (more on whose prayer God hears)
1 CORINTHIANS 6:9-10
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
1 JOHN 3:15
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the Father. At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you.
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
(The words of Christ are shown in red. Bible verses are shown in black.)