The Bible is pretty clear, if we believe “doing good” can earn our way into Heaven, we’ve been deceived. God set the standards for living - and we can't change them. We have to live His way - and it’s not easy. Frankly, to live it as we should, is impossible. You’d have to live a perfect, sinless life... never doing anything wrong! Thankfully, we’ve also been given the gift of choice (the ability to freely choose) Of all the choices you will make, the most critical is where you choose to spend eternity. The Bible maps ONE WAY to Heaven (Salvation) which is also the way out of Hell.
Everyone lives forever, the only question is where you will choose to do it.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
What is "sin?" It's more attitude than action. It's anything from actively fighting against God, to simply excluding Him from your life. You can choose to believe He doesn't exist; accept that He does but rebel against Him; try to select the things that apply to you; or attempt to live the right way, but do it on your own. Sin is going against what is right according to God - even in your thoughts.
What do you think of when you hear "death?" In the Bible, death refers to separation. Physical death is separation from the body and everyone will experience this. Spiritual death is separation from God. Death, or separation, is the bad news. "But," keep reading - there's also the good news!
A "wage" is what's earned. The wage we earn for going against God is spiritual death.
A "gift" is freely given. Although there is a cost to the giver, it costs the receiver nothing - the cost has already been paid. Likewise, the gift of God is free to you - but there was a great price paid. That "gift" cost Jesus Christ. a brutal death on the cross. It was there He took the punishment that you and I deserve for our sin.
How do you define "Eternal Life?" It's the total opposite of death. If death is the separation from God - the opposite is: Life! Life, forever, with Him, in Heaven! God's gift to everyone is His Son, Jesus Christ. He provides a way from Death to Life. And HE is the only one that can offer the gift of eternal Life. The way to receive it, is to simply accept it. And no one can accept it for you. It's between you and God.
A true friend is one you can "truly" trust. Jesus wants to be your true Friend. To trust Jesus is to believe with all your heart that He alone can forgive you. It's believing that He will clean away all the filth and wrong in you life, and present you with His Father's gift of Eternal Life. To accept His gift, all you have to do is admit to yourself, and confess to Him, that YOU are responsible for your sin. Whatever it may be... own it! Ask to be forgiven and believe that Jesus has paved the way for you by going to the cross.
Why would you not want this gift?! From your heart, in your own words, simply pray something that says this:
“God, I know I'm a sinner and deserve to go to HELL. But, right now, I’m trusting your Son, Jesus Christ, to be my Saviour.
Please forgive my sins and save me now. Amen."
God's desire is that no one go to Hell. He aches waiting for us to call on Him. It's our choice. If you die without accepting His gift, it's too late. You can't "do" anything to earn a home in Heaven. God simply requires you to accept Jesus as your Saviour. If you're lost, trying to fill a void that just won't fill - trust Jesus. He will fill you - and save you. There's nothing you've done that will surprise God or that He hasn't forgiven before.
It's your choice.