There are many, many people in the world today who think they are going to heaven or think others are going to heaven because they are "good people." In fact this one of the most common arguments non-believers employ when confronted with the gospel. In a postmodern world, the thought of anyone going to hell with all the religions in the world is simply absurd.
Stanley addresses this line of reasoning in this book. He points out the hurdles that one has to jump through in trying to maintain a worldview where all "good" people go to heaven. How good does one have to be? What is the measuring stick for goodness? He points out how this thinking is not only unbiblical but ambiguous.
The book is broken down into two parts. Part I is entitled: "How You Get There From Here?" Part II is entitled, "The Alternative."
Stanley summarizes the "good people go to heaven" view on p. 61 when he writes:
The good people go to heaven view has several seemingly insurmountable problems:
1. We don't know exactly what good is. Even our religious leaders can't agree on the subject.
2. Our internal moral gauges aren't much help. They don't line up cross-culturally (or even across the street, for that matter). And as time passes, our definitions of right and wrong tend to change.
3. We have no clear indication from God how the scoring system for good deeds works.
4. It is difficult to reconcile the notion of a good God with a system that is so unclear and seemingly unfair. This is especially true in light of what's at stake.
5. We can't use the Bible as a gauge to measure how close we are to getting in. The Bible doesn't claim to offer a way to heaven through good works. Besides, the catalog of good works listed in the Old Testament is culturally irrelevant and physically impossible to keep.
6. Jesus assured the most religious people of his day that they weren't good enough to enter God's kingdom, while promising criminals and prostitutes that God would gladly welcome them.
Stanley then goes on to provide the biblical alternative of trusting in Jesus Christ by faith alone.
He further points out how it makes much more sense to trust in the claims of Christ than to trust in our works. He clearly and plainly explains what the Scripture teaches about our sin and our Savior, Jesus Christ.
I found this book an enjoyable and good read. Stanley presented the message of the clear gospel. This is a very helpful pocketbook that both believers and unbelievers can benefit from. I think that it is also an excellent witnessing tool.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
The first part of this book discusses what "good enough" is all about. I've heard so many people say that their religion is a system by which they must work to be good in order to obtain a reward at the end of their life on earth. People are frantically working ~ how often do I need to pray? how much do I need to give away? Who needs my help? Have I obeyed enough rules? People are also feeling very guilty because they are afraid that they have not met the standard. Since there is no yardstick to measure "good enough" by, people perpetually struggle to be better (or just give up totally and resign themselves to missing the mark.)
The second part of the book gives the good news. None of us have met the standard set by God and me must be forgiven for our transgressions, BUT God sent His Son, Jesus, to pay for our transgressions. He rose from the dead and is alive today (no other religious figure is still alive). We can accept His free gift of salvation by grace through faith ~ that's the key. He paid for our sins. We don't have to work, work, work.
This book is beautiful to look at, small and easy to carry. The theology is accurate. I pray that it will be given with love and prayer and received with openness by people who are struggling to be "good enough".
I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
How Good Is Good Enough by Andy Stanley and published by Multnomah Books tackles the Question that most people aren't willing to ask themselves or consider when it comes to God and getting into Heaven, How Good Is Good Enough?
Andy does an excellent job of dispelling the fallacies and and perceptions many of us have when it comes to the belief that being good will give us favor with God and get us our ticket to heaven. So how good is good enough? Andy states 6 problems with the "how good is good enough" argument, a couple of them are,
1. No one seems to be able to agree on the subject of what good is.
2. Our morals aren't much help and tend to change as we get older.
The book goes on to let the reader know that there is only one totally fair and true way that will bring us into a proper relationship with God and get us to heaven, and that person is Jesus. So will you believe Jesus is who He said He is or take your chances on being good enough......The choice is yours.
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Purchased as a gift, I have not read this. BUT it comes with the best recommendation from my Pastor to be given to the man who thinks because he is a good-ole-boy, he will be going to heaven. Little book, easily read by the man who doesn't have time for religion.