The Good Person
One may say, if I do my best to live a good life, and always try to do that which is right; I believe God would allow me into heaven when my time ends here on this earth. Because you see, I feel am actually a good person.
Well it's sad when you hear someone say something like that above. But there are actually people believing if they live their life in a way that seems good to them, that some how their so-call righteousness will outweigh their bad, and God is going to welcome them in heaven with open arms when they die. But we that know the truth from God's word, knows that ones own righteousness, and so-call good works, will not get them into heaven, anymore then a zebra can change its own strips.
Because the Bible says there is none righteous, no, not one. And it says our so-call righteousness in nothing more then filthy rags.
Romans 3:10-11 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
But it's because of ones own ignorance, that one goes about trying to establish their own righteousness, instead of righteousness that only comes by God's grace, through faith, in believing on His Son Jesus Christ and what He done for us.
Romans 10:3-4 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Now one can see, it's not by one's own righteousness, and so-call good works that a person can be saved from their sins and be able to go to heaven. But it's by God's grace, that a person can be saved from their sins, and would be able to enter into heaven. So it's by God's grace, that one can have the faith to be able to believe on His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, to be saved. And it's a gift from God: Not by works.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Romans 3:22-26 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.