If you were to die today, are you sure you would go to heaven? If you could know for sure how to get to heaven, would you do what the Bible says? Here's how you can know you will go to Heaven when you die.

1. Admit that you are a sinner

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one." (Romans 3:10)

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)

Many people hope they will make it to heaven because they haven't been "too bad" and perhaps have done a lot of "good" things. The idea is that if their good outweighs the bad, they will be accepted into heaven.

Quite often people compare themselves with those who have committed terrible acts of wrong against others and think they should be allowed into heaven because they're not nearly as bad as those truly evil people.

But the Word of God says, "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." God judges us with his own perfect righteousness, and therefore "there is none righteous, no, not one."

2. Realize the penalty of sin

"For the wages of sin is death." (Romans 6:23)

"Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." (James 1:15)

Death means "separation from God," in hell, forever. How terrible, but true. Yet, God is "not willing that any should perish."

3. Accept God's provision for your sin

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

"But God commendeth His love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

"For he hath made him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." (II Corinthians 5:21)

Jesus Christ took your sins upon Himself and therefore paid the penalty for your sins by dying on the cross. He was buried and was raised on the third day, just as the scriptures had said he would, victorious over sin and death.

4. Personally receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord

"But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." (John 1:12)

No matter where you are, or the condition of your life, you need Jesus Christ to be your Savior and Lord. You cannot effectively deal with your sins any other way. Now is the time to come to Him. Pray to Him right now saying something like this—Lord Jesus, I need You. I admit that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. Please forgive me and come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as Lord and Savior. In Jesus' name, Amen.

If you sincerely prayed that prayer, you are now a child of God! Please let us know by e-mailing Pacific Garden Mission.