No you won't, so you can stop lying to yourself.
People do all kinds of things hoping that they'll make it into heaven (or that at least they'll escape hell or calm the spirits or have "good luck" or diversion or relaxation)...
- Some of them try to live a good life.
- Some of them worship and pray to Mary and saints.
- Some of them go to the Kingdom Hall.
- Some of them listen to Joseph Smith, some to Ellen White, some to Muhammad.
- Some of them go to Tibet or to spirit guides to find the hidden wisdom.
- Some of them go to Mecca to throw stones at the devil.
- Some of them practice voodoo, santeria, and palo mayombe.
- Some of them crawl on their knees for 10 miles till they are raw and bloody.
- Some of them open up a prayer book for 5 minutes every week and read what's on the page.
- Some of them go to an organizational meeting once a week thinking/hoping it commends them to God.
- Some of them chant to scrolls.
- Some of them give the Catholic religion all their material possessions and enter a convent or monastery to live the life of an ascetic.
- Some of them try to help old ladies across the street every chance they get.
- Some jump into witchcraft
- Some of them go along with whatever their parents' taught them. "My mom and dad raised me that way." (that does not mean it's right)
- Some of them go along with whatever the school system taught them--like evolution, "A monkey is my uncle? Oh, okay. I believe that. I reject God. A monkey is my uncle, a monkey is my uncle."
All people that try to get into heaven outside of believing on the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (and obeying his word) have something in common. The Bible calls each one
a THIEF and a ROBBER.
When you want to get into somebody's home, you've got one of two choices. You will either go in the proper way (invited through the door) OR you will break in some other way. A welcomed person will come in through the door. If it is 3 a.m., and you hear a racket coming from the kitchen window, that isn't grandma coming over to fix Sunday dinner. That is a thief and a robber. How does the strongman of the house treat a thief and a robber? Does he say, "Come on in my friend. Ravish my wife and destroy my children. Take all my goods and my life."? Nay. The strongman does not consider the thief and robber his friend. The thief and robber is his enemy and the strongman will seek to utterly destroy the intruder. Either come in through the door or else you're a thief and a robber.John 10:1, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
Heaven is God's home. And every home has a door. The Door to God's home has a name. His name is Jesus--"I AM THE DOOR: BY ME IF ANY MAN ENTER IN, HE SHALL BE SAVED..."
Jesus, John 10:9
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS THE DOOR. If you are trying to get into God's home (heaven) any other way besides Jesus Christ and what he said in his word (his word is the Authorized Version, not the unauthorized "bibles" that delete verses, etc.), God considers you a thief and a robber. Oooh wee! Trying to break into God's home? Talk about a Strongman--God is a THE Strongman! A thief can trick me and catch me at unawares but God WON'T be tricked or caught unawares. He won't be overpowered either. He will be doing all of the overpowering. God is all powerful. He does not even have to lift a finger to slay you and fling your rebellious hind parts into the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. God is all knowing. He even knows your very thoughts and intents. He knew them all before you were even born. You won't be able to even think about robbing him without him knowing it. God is everywhere and sees everything. You won't be able to dig a tunnel and sneak into his home. You can't make "your own path" to get to him. It does not work like that. Even if you try your feeble hardest, you will not be successful. To sum it up--You will not make it into God's heaven "your way". It will be his way or the lake of fire.
Yes, the Bible says that there is a door to God's home. His name is Jesus and you must go through him to get into heaven--
"NO MAN cometh unto the Father, BUT BY ME."
--JESUS CHRIST, JOHN 14:6
I hope that Frank Sinatra did not do it the way he sang in, "I Did It My Way". If he did, he is wishing RIGHT NOW that he didn't do it his way.
Okay, let's further explore this. If you wanted to meet President Bill Clinton, would you enter the White House "your way"? Mmmm? Or would you get a bunch of buckshot in your hind parts as you attempted it? Let's say you wanted to have fellowship with Britain's Queen Mother. Would you just walk into Buckingham Palace "your way" and truly expect to get in? How about this--you want to get a view of the most secret rooms in the Kremlin. Will you strut in "your way" or will they send you to Siberia? How about Fort Knox? If you wanted to have the riches that are supposedly in Fort Knox, would you make it in "your way" or would you get a bullet through your head as you attempted to steal? Now...
Heaven is the home of THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE. If you can't even walk in the White House "your way", what makes you think you'll get in GOD'S HOME "your way"? No thief or robber will enter into God's home. There is no contest between your weakness and God's strength. He knows everything and he is everywhere. He is all powerful. He cannot be tricked. If you try creeping up into his home uninvited you will be considered the thief and robber that you are. No one can overtake him at unawares because he is never unawares--he is always aware and in power and no one has the power to bind him and spoil his goods. What will the Strongman do to the thief and the robber? He may say something on this wise to you--"...Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels."
If you die as an unrepentant sinner, maybe you will hear these words--Matthew 22:13 "...Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Don't be fooled. God is not mocked by your vain gyrations trying to make it into his home "your way". He has given you THE WAY. His name is Jesus. Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way..." God has given you his word. It is called The Holy Bible--the Authorized King James 1611. You either accept it all and live in accordance with what it says or you will perish. This includes all the people that claim to be Christians and are not. They say, "I believe in Jesus". That is not enough--the Bible says, "the devils believe and tremble". You must REPENT turning from your wicked ways and you must say "yes" to Jesus by obeying his word.
"I tell you...except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." Luke 13:3
I also hear from people who claim to be Christians, but they do not believe the whole Bible. It does not work like that. You believe and accept it all or you reject it all. God has not given you the option of choosing what your feeble brain likes and does not like in his word. If you call yourself a Christian and your life has continued on as it was before "you became a Christian", you are a hypocrite and a thief and a robber. You've been deceiving your own self--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.
If you are a thief and a robber when you die, your pleas for mercy will not get you into heaven. Begging will not work. You will have rejected Jesus all your life and when it comes time to pay the price for your rebellion YOU WILL PAY. You will be cast into your burning hot, fiery, flaming eternal home which is the lake of fire that burneth with fire and brimstone where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. If you do not enter by the door--the Lord Jesus Christ--God considers you His enemy--John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the WRATH of God abideth on him.
If you love this world and consider it your friend and you do all the wickedness and iniquity that the world does, you are an enemy of God--James 4:4 ...know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
A child of God won't follow thieves and the robbers. I hear from the thieves and robbers all the time, but I don't know their voice. Jesus saidAnd a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. John 10:5
If you are a thief and a robber or if you are listening to the voice of a thief and a robber, IT IS NOT TOO LATE FOR YOU. Believe the Bible, repent, take up your cross and follow Jesus. See our article on How to Get to Heaven. Thieves and robbers will not make it into heaven. You will not make it in "your way".
People say, "Yours is a religion of fear." Well, my friend, fear is a good thing and you exercise it everyday. Fear keeps you from stepping off of a cliff. Fear keeps you from sticking your hand on a burning hot stove top. Fear keeps you from running stoplights. Fear of failure or poverty makes you get and keep a job. These temporal fears keep you from temporal dangers. Do these fears hurt you? No, they help you and help the society that you live in. The fear of the Lord does much more. It will keep you from the number one gravest danger--being thrown into the lake of fire to be tormented for all eternity with the devil, his angels, and all the other rebels. The fear of the Lord will also make you wise and useful in this life and will fit you for the world to come. Read about the perfect fear of the Lord--Psalms 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom...
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge...
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil...
Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Proverbs 16:6 ...by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
Fear God and live. Read his word and obey it. Jesus Christ is the Lord. You will either bow your knee to him now while you have the opportunity or else you will bow to him on your way to the lake of fire. Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to be fulfilled and he is the ONLY way to escape the wrath to come.