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    Q&A – How Do I Know I Will Go to Heaven?

    Question:

    I am a struggling believer in Christ and I have an unimaginable fear of the rapture. How do I know I’m saved enough to go to heaven? What happens if I don’t?

    Answer:

    How can we know, for sure, that we will spend eternity with God?

    It’s important that we stop thinking of salvation as something that we need enough of to get to Heaven.

    Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Salvation is a gift. Imagine a conversation with God that goes something like this:

    God stands before us with a beautifully wrapped gift and asks, “Would you like this?”

    “What is it?” we ask.

    “It’s the gift of spending eternity with me,” He says.

    “How much is it?” we ask.

    “It costs nothing. It’s a gift,” he says.

    “What’s the catch?” we ask.

    “All you have to do is believe in it. Believe that I sent my son to earth as a baby. Believe that He was crucified to save you. Believe that I raised Him from the dead three days later. Believe that He is now with me in Heaven and that I love you.”

    “That’s it?” we ask, “It sounds too easy.”

    “It won’t be easy,” he says, “There’ll be trials. You’ll have doubts. You’ll still sin sometimes.”

    “Then what? You just take it away?” we ask.

    “No.” He is quiet. “I will never take this gift away from you, but I hope that once you realize how amazing it is, you will want to spend time with me. I hope that we will get to know each other better. I’d like to talk to you as often as we can. I hope that when I speak, you’ll listen and I promise that when you speak, I’ll always listen. I hope that you’ll see how much I love you.”

    Salvation is our assurance that we are going to spend eternity with God in Heaven. If you believe in Jesus and pray for Him to come into your heart; to live with you and change you, then you are saved. We are human, sometimes we doubt. We might doubt that Heaven and Hell are real places. We might doubt our salvation. We doubt all kinds of things, but doubting does not mean that we have lost our salvation. Doubting is normal; the Bible calls this working out your salvation. It basically means that you are thinking about your life and making sure that you still believe in Jesus and then making sure that your life lines up with what you believe. It’s totally normal!

    For more on what it means to be a Christian, head over to What is a Christian? Part One.

    Romans 10:9 – If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

    Written by Jenn Arman

    Do you believe you're going to heaven?

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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    46 COMMENTS

    1. Thank you so much for this article! I constantly worry, “what if I’m not saved enough”? Or “what if I completely doubt God the last few minutes of my life, will I still go to heaven since I’ve believed in Him the other times in my life?”
      God has given me many signs and answered so many of my prayers…but I still doubt. I mark so many things off as “possibly coincidental.” I’ve noticed that when I doubt, I feel temporarily blinded from the Truth. Like, I can’t understand or I’m confused or sometimes I even seem to forget some of the things He’s done for me. Is that normal? And, also what if we doubt the last few minutes of our life, do we go to heaven still? Thank you!

    2. Thanks I needed this! 😀 Everyday I ask myself- “Will I be with God forever? I mean I really didn’t do anything special and I sin against God a lot.” It’s nice to know that ‘doubting’ is just ‘working on your salvation.’ 😀 GOD BLESS!

    3. also, remember that the most important thing is to live your life to its fullest. of course, i can’t wait to see God’s face, but that’s not the most important part. the most important part is being God’s ambassador on earth.

    4. I always knew that if I let Jesus in my heart, ask for forgiveness and believe that Jesus died on the cross for me…My friends and I just discussed it this afternoon…One of them is a hindu…so they were like “what do you think its like after death? Will we go to heaven? Jesus is coming soon rite?…” I said,”I’m actually happy Jesus is comin” and my other two friends go ” yea me too” But my non-christian friend was quite…I guess she has doubts..Thank you so much for this!!! God lead me to this article…

    5. Lol i cant believe i started crying when i read the conversation with God scenario you wrote because im am struggling so much right now and i have been so afraid that God will be disappointed in me and that at some point he would just turn away from me even though im trying so hard but that just filled my heart so much and i actually pictured myself saying all that to God and it was like i pictured how much love he was trying to convey to me and UHHHH!! thank you for this article. it really touched me deeply. God Bless you so much!

      • I had a similar experience- i cry when I read things that touch my heart- I totally worried last year all the time AM I dissapointing God? I love God&You dialogue. I am reading this book called Jesus Calling- it feels like the words are right from God’s mouth!

    6. The thing is, we won’t know for absolute certainty if we make it to heaven or not until we die, since our actions here on this earth are so important and we can’t “declare” that we’re going to heaven or not. I know this wasn’t your point, but I do think it’s important to realize that we have to ACT like we’re going to heaven and live a holy life, performing works of mercy as well as believing in Christ.

    7. ohhh, thank you for wrting this… i ofetn find myself doubting, espeailly when my life doesnt line up… thank you 🙂 i know that Jesus loves me, but sometimes it’ so hard for me to completely grasp…

    8. Hi I have a question! If I don’t get baptized, does that mean I won’t go to heaven? Thanks 🙂 Cuz I don’t think I was baptized as a kid, but my family is Christian and I’ve been a Christian my whole life.

      • Yes, you are saved even if you are not baptized. When you ask Jesus into your heart, He is baptizing you with the Holy Spirit. (cleansing you and purifying you to make you like Him.) When you are baptized at a church, it is only showing a public demonstration of Faith in God and pronouncing you are going to live for Him. You don’t have to be baptized but people should know you are a Christian through your actions. :)God knows your heart. <3 Just remember, if you ask Jesus into your heart…you have been baptized already with the Holy Spirit…which is all that truly matters! <3

    9. This is a great article! Though I am a Christian, sometimes I get stuck in a Catch-22 by thinking that I am not good enough for heaven, but then I have to remember that guilt is a tool that Satan uses to drive a wedge between us and God. I also have to remember that it’s not only a question of me, it’s a question of God’s power.

    10. I love this. Your answer was perfect. We cant earn salvation its a gift. its not about what we can get away with and still be a christian, this type of thinking shows that your heart is still tied to things of this world and friendship with the world is enmity with God. Give him your whole heart not bits and peaces he’s so worthy of it all not the left overs.

    11. I remember my sunday school teacher telling me a story about this question. The story is …. There was an elderly woman and she was on the brink of dying soon. A person she never met came in and talked to her. He asked her “Are you going to Heaven?” she said “maybe” he said ” “you are or your not, how you tell is if you believe in God and that Jesus is his son, you don’t have to go to church in order to go to heaven” the woman said “I am going to Heaven”

    12. One of my favorite verses is Romans 10:13: All who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

      His salvation is ETERNAL, no matter what you do, if you take him in to your Spirit, God will remain there. Even if you stray, He will always be there, calling you back. Do not doubt, just TRUST in the Lord.

    13. I cannot express how much gratitude I have for you for writing this article. I’ve been struggling with persistent doubts over God’s existence, and I assumed that meant I was pretty much heading straight to hell. My doubts took a whole different direction and suddenly I was severely doubting whether I was saved or not. This article helped me out so much, I had tears in my eyes to be honest. I’m no longer as worried as I used to be, thank you!

      • If you believe Jesus is your Savior and He died on the cross for your sins, you are guaranteed salvation. You’re probably being too hard on yourself. I was, and still am at times, where you are now. Every time I’d make a series of mistakes, I thought God hated me and that there was no way He would accept me or forgive me. But good thing God is more loving than we are, huh? Please don’t put yourself down. You CAN change. God is patient with you. He will help you. Believe that wholeheartedly. You are a citizen of heaven, girl!

    14. Praise the Lord!!! people who accepted Jesus Christ in their Hearts will ether be taken in the Rapture or when they die. Heaven is going to be SO COOL!!!! Think you Jesus for dying for me for my sins and rising again on the 3rd day by God. Jesus is Lord, King of Kings, Lord and Lords, Prince of Peace. Come Jesus, Come! Amen -Jeanni (:

    15. “All you have to do is believe in it. Believe that I sent my son to earth as a baby. Believe that He was crucified to save you. Believe that I raised Him from the dead three days later. Believe that He is now with me in Heaven and that I love you.”

      Yes! Well… kinda. This is right, but I want to point out the underlying that was not stated in the article but I think may have been inferred here. You cant forget, tho, that we are all sinners deserving of death and the punishment of sin is death, eternity in hell. But Christ (who is both God and the Son of God) loved us so much that He died on the cross and suffered the punishment of sin and hell in our place and rose again on the third day conquering sin and death. All we have to do is believe He did this and confess that He is Lord and accept His free gift of FORGIVENESS, not just salvation. Salvation comes as a result of forgiveness.

      Romans 3:23
      For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

      Romans 6:23
      For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

      Romans 5:8
      But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

      Romans 10:9
      That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

      Romans 10:13
      For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

    16. This Helped! But we must not forget repentance! Repentance isn’t a work Of salvation, But Its evidence Of salvation! ? I Am worried about my Family though ? They believe but I’m afraid they don’t know things like repentance and such..it’s one of those things that’s hard to bring up. Any advice??

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