We hear you and understand the question. Another way to put it is, “I’ve done more good than bad. Yes, maybe I have done a lot of bad things but all in all I think I’ve done more good things. Isn’t this enough?”
Trouble is when we think like this, we are using our standards of good and bad – and that each is weighed against the other. We are saying a good cancels out a bad. But, what if a good deed or action doesn’t cancel out a bad deed or action? Or, what if the standard is perfection? Let’s look at the Bible to see what it says.
I can hear some now. The Bible was written by fallible men so how can we really trust it? We don’t have the time with this question to go into detail of why and how the Bible is trustworthy for these questions. Let us just say, for now, that it is the Bible that gave us the idea of God in the first place and started all these questions rolling.
How would we know so much about God without the Bible? It’s where we first get the idea that God is good and holy, all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present. It also gives us the idea of the Son of God coming to earth for a specific purpose – to be the Savior of fallen men and women.
If we can’t trust the Bible EXACTLY to tell us how one makes it into Heaven because it was written by fallible men, how can you trust what you believe that tells of a different way? Didn’t you learn your belief from fallible people? Aren’t you fallible?
So, let’s look quickly at what the Bible says so we can compare its idea with your idea. Paul, one of the close followers of Christ, said the following in a book of the Bible called Romans:
“There is none righteous, not even one. There in none who understands, there is none who seeks for God. . . . There is none who does good, there is not even one.”
A little later Paul writes, “. . . for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Here is another quote from Paul, “. . . just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— . . .”
Also, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Here is Paul’s message from God, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”