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Christians claim that Jesus is the only way to heaven. But how could a good God, who created the entire universe in all its diversity, be so limiting? Isn't it more fitting to believe that good people from any religious or nonreligious background go to heaven, rather than people from one particular belief system? And how can Christians say that Christianity is fair, when so many factors make it harder for one person to accept Jesus, and easier for another? Christians and non-Christians alike ask these important questions, and they are worthy of honest answers.
There are advantages to believing good people go to heaven, but there are also unavoidable problems. Upon close analysis, we discover that this system fails to provide us with a standard for discerning between good and bad, nor does it clarify what grade is passing. Would a good God leave us in the dark as to His standards for heaven? What is more, "Good people go to heaven" makes Jesus out to be a liar. Jesus said good people don't go to heaven, and bad people do. According to Jesus, it's forgiven people who go to heaven.
|Title: Am I Good Enough?: Preparing for Life's Final Exam - eBook|
By: Andy Stanley
Format: DRM Protected ePub
|Publication Date: 2009|
Stock No: WW10929EB
If only good people go to heaven,
would I make the cut?
If Christianity is true,
why is God so narrow-minded?
And why arent the answers obvious?!
They are. Find out why being "good enough" has nothing to do with heavens requirements, and why God is, in fact, not fair at all.
Story Behind the Book
Andy Stanley has a heart for families and a special place for todays youth. Having served for many years as a youth and young adult pastor at a large church in Atlanta, his greatest goal was to lead a young person to Christ. With the success of his book How Good Is Good Enough and its acceptance as a widely used evangelistic tool, it was a natural step to refine this important question for the youth of today. Andy wanted to write a text that was aimed right at the heart of todays young culture and put a cover on the book that would interest and attract them to it. Todays youth are constantly looking for assurances in a crazy world. They get that assurance by learning that it is not how good you are, but that you are forgiven.
Also, what about the changes that occur in us as we mature? Our definitions of good can, and often do, change. What does that do to our ability to go to heaven? Is there a consistent measuring stick for how much good is needed to go to heaven? Each religion seems to have a different one. How do we know which one is right? Can we have any guarantees of going to heaven?
Mr. Stanley goes on to present a more biblical view: Forgiven people are the ones who go to heaven. He illustrates this through the life of Jesus on earth. He even tackles the question of deathbed salvation. How fair is that?
I love his summary of Christianity: Christianity is based on the premise that God laid aside fairness and opted for mercy and grace instead. Thats what I need and I am so-o glad that God decided to do things that way.
This book is small - 4 x 6, with only 96 pages. It is easy to read and non-offensive in its presentation. It is a great witnessing tool for those friends who have opted for the belief that good people go to heaven or that all religions lead to heaven, and would make a great gift. -- Linda Demorest, Christian Book Previews.com
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