Of all the Questions you will ask yourself in life, probably the most important is, am I good enough to go to heaven? The way to find out, is to ask yourself if you have obeyed the Ten Commandments. Most would answer the Question; Well I've broken one or two, but nothing too serious, like murder etc. So lets go through them and see how you do.

1. You shall have no other gods before me.

Is God first in your life? Do you love God above all else? If we love anything husband, wife, children, or even our own lives more than we love God, we are setting our affections on the gift rather than the Giver which is a transgression of the First Commandment.

In fact, the Bible says that we should so love God that our love for mom and dad and brother and sister should seem like hatred compared to the love we have for God who gave those loved ones to us.

We are also commanded to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves. Have you loved God with all your heart? Have you loved humanity as much as you love yourself? You be the judge. Will you be innocent or guilty on Judgment Day of breaking that commandment? I'm not judging you- -I'm asking you to judge yourself before the Day of Judgment.

The sentence for breaking this commandment is death.

2. You shall not make for yourself any graven image.

This means that we should not make a god to suit ourselves, either with our hands or mind. Is your God the One revealed in Holy Scripture? If not, then you have made your own god to suit yourself- -you have committed the oldest sin in the Book. Scripture warns that no idolater will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

Have you ever taken Gods name in vain- -instead of using a four-letter word to express disgust, you have used His name? If you have used His Holy name in that manner, you are a blasphemer and will not enter the Kingdom of God.

4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy.

5. Honor your father and mother.

Have you always honored your parents in a way that is pleasing in the sight of God?

6. You shall not murder.

Jesus warned that if we get angry without cause we are in danger of judgment. If we hate our brother, God calls us a murderer. We can violate Gods Law by attitude and intent.

7. You shall not commit adultery.

But I say to you that whosoever looks at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already with her in his heart. Remember that God has seen every thought you have had and every sin you have ever committed. The day will come when you have to face His law, and we are told that impure, fornicators (those who have had sex before marriage) and adulterers will not enter the Kingdom of God. Punishment for transgression of this commandment is the death penalty.

8. You shall not steal.

Have you ever taken something that belonged to someone else (irrespective of its value)? Then you are a thief- -you cannot enter Gods Kingdom.

9. You shall not bear false witness.

Have you ever told a lie? Then you are a liar. How many lies do you have to tell to be a liar? Just one. The Bible warns that all liars will have their part in the Lake of Fire. You may not think deceitfulness is a serious sin. God does!

10. You shall not covet.

That means we should not desire anything that belongs to another person. The covetous will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Who of us can say we are not guilty of breaking these commandments? All of us have sinned and just as with civil law, you don't have to break ten laws to be a lawbreaker, so the Bible warns, For whoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

This may sound strange, but the worst thing you could do at this point of time is to try and clean up your lifestyle- -you realize that you have sinned, so from now on you will keep the Ten Commandments, do good deeds, say the right things and think only pure thoughts.

But should a judge let a murderer go because he says he will live a good life? No, he is in debt to justice and therefore must be punished.

Perhaps you think God is good and will therefore overlook your sins. The very thing that people are hoping will save them on Judgment Day. Gods goodness will be the very thing that will condemn them. If God is good; He should punish murderers, liars, thieves, etc and Hell will be their dreadful fate.

What a terrible place Hell must be. We can catch a glimpse of how terrible sin must be in the sight of God by looking to the punishment given for it- -eternal punishment.

Ungrateful humanity never bothers to thank God for His wonderful blessings of color, light, food, joy, beauty, love and laughter, so He will take those blessings away from them. Instead of proving their gratitude by obedience to His will, we use His name to curse. Their punishment will be just to the uttermost.

Take the time to read what Jesus said Hell was like in Mark 9:43-48. I am afraid for you... please, look honestly into the mirror of the Law, and then seek the "Water" that cleanses every sin. If you don't believe what I am saying about the reality of Hell, it means you think God is corrupt (that He hasn't the moral backbone to seek justice), that Jesus was a liar, that the Apostles were false witnesses, that Gods promises are nothing but prefabricated lies, and there is no greater insult to God than to call Him a liar. By doing so, you are adding to your transgressions.

Imagine if you reject the Savior, die in your sins, and find that what I have told you is the Gospel truth; then it will be too late, you will be judged for your sins. If that happens, and your eyes meet my eyes on the Day of Judgment, I am free from your blood. I have told you the truth, but if you choose to ignore it, your blood will be on your own head you will have no one to blame but yourself.

Can you see your predicament? You are guilty of sinning against God Himself, and because you have a conscience you have sinned with knowledge. Isn't it true every time you lied, stole, lusted, etc, you did it with knowledge that it was wrong?

Does the fact that you have sinned against God scare you? It should. You have actually angered Him by your sin. The Bible says; His wrath abides on you, that you are an enemy of God in your mind through wicked works.

But let fear work for your good in the same way that a fear of jumping out of a plane at a great height would make you put on a parachute. Let your will to live, open your heart to the Gospel of salvation.

I am not the only one who does not want you to end up in Hell, the person who gave you this tract cared enough to give it to you and risk your rejection. God Himself is not willing that you perish, He provided a way for you to be forgiven. He sent His Son to take your punishment: God commended His love towards us, in that, while we were sinners, Christ died for us.

He was bruised for our iniquities. Jesus rose from the dead and defeated death. He is your ticket to Heaven. He is the way. He is the Door, the only Mediator. There is salvation in no other Name.

What should you then do? Simply repent and put your trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. Do not put it off until tomorrow

So pray something like this.

Dear God, I repent of all my sins, I confess each and every one that you bring to remembrance, and I put my trust in Jesus Christ, as my Lord and Savior.

Forgive me and grant me your gift of everlasting life. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Read the Bible every day, start in the New Testament, the book of John is a good place to start. Order an Evidence Bible from www.livingwaters.com You will find that it has many answers to your questions and it is easy to read and understand. Find a Bible based Church or Home group and study and learn how to walk in the Ways of our Lord.

Fellowshipping with like-minded brothers and sisters in the Lord will help you to stay strong and ready to face the trials and tribulations that life will throw you...

May the Lord bless you as you start your new life in Him, if we can be of any help or we can answer any question you are welcome to E-mail us?

"My Father's Gift" Ministries 

Mark & Susie

rewritten from a tract by Ray Comfort, www.livingwaters.com