Updated: Jan 11
Have you come to a point in your life where you realize that your life might end one day and now you want to know how to go to heaven? When we are young we sometimes feel invincible. That is until we face a life-threatening situation or maybe lost a loved one. Still, maybe you are just getting older and your mortality is sinking in. If this sounds like you, then you've come to the right place.
Scroll through to see how to get to heaven. Be sure to read to the end to make sure you understand everything and then to say the correct salvation prayer to have the assurance you need to go to heaven.
How to get to Heaven
Acknowledge you Need Help
The first step to having the assurance that when you die you go to heaven is acknowledging that you need help. You can't get to heaven through someone else or by your own works. Many people believe that you can go to heaven just by being a "good person." This is an inaccurate belief.
Ephesians 2:8-9 Says that "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." It is very clear that you cannot get to heaven by good deeds, being nice to people, or any other way except through Jesus. Jesus said that “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6 )
For this reason, we have to rely on Jesus to be able to get to heaven. There is one caveat to this though, you have to believe in Him and make Him your Lord and savior. He's not just going to pick and choose who He saves without them wanting to be saved. He wants everyone to be saved and go to heaven, but it's your job to accept and follow Him.
Forgive and be Forgiven
One thing that must happen for you to be able to enter into heaven is to get forgiveness for your sins. Without forgiveness, you can't enter through the gates of heaven. Again, many people don't believe in sin and think they can get to heaven by being a good person. This isn't true.
If you were a parent, could you make the rules? And if your children broke a rule, wouldn't you have the ability to give them a consequence for disobeying you? Picture it like God is the parent and He made some rules for us to follow if we want to live in His house. If we don't do as He says to be saved, then we can't live with Him in heaven.
Sin is basically breaking one of God's laws. He created us so He can create any laws He wants and we have to abide by them. He is the potter and we are the clay. He can make us into whatever He wants and create any law for us (Isaiah 64:8). Fortunately the laws He created are made to help and not hurt us.
It's similar to the laws we have within our governments. We personally didn't make the laws. We might not like them or want to follow them, but if we get caught breaking them we will face a consequence. If we get caught stealing a car we will probably go to jail. It is the same with God. He made them and we have to follow them.
Fortunately for us, God sent His Son Jesus to make an atonement for our sins. Before Jesus came we had to sacrifice an animal as a temporary covering of our sins. Jesus was perfect in every way and was a perfect sacrifice for all of our sins. He came to fulfill the laws of the old testament (Matthew 5:17). We no longer have to follow the civil laws that were outlined in the old testament, but still have to follow the others.
Someone asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was and He responded with this:
And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Upon these two commandments hang the whole Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
Jesus said that all of the law can be followed by following those two commandments. If you love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself, then you don't have to worry about anything. That's not always so easy though. Jesus said that if we even call our brother a "fool" we would be found guilty and would go to hell. (Matthew 5:22) This is why we can only make it into heaven through Jesus.
One last point on forgiveness is that we are not only called to get forgiveness for our sins but that we should also forgive others. This is usually a stumbling block for people because they have never heard it and because it can be hard to forgive others. Jesus gave a parable about someone that received forgiveness for a debt they couldn't pay but refused to forgive others of their debt. (Matthew 18:21-35) It ended with Jesus saying that if you don't forgive people, then His Father (God) won't forgive you. Without forgiveness, you will not be allowed to enter into heaven.
Ask, Seek, Knock
Just like some people think that you can get to heaven by being a good person, they also think that there are many ways to heaven. This also isn't true. Jesus said that “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6 ).
Now is a good time to mention that some people don't rely on the Bible as the true "how to get to heaven book" because it is just a book. It isn't just a book, it is actually made up of many scrolls and letters that have been combined into one book. The scrolls and letters are some of the oldest writings known to man and have been passed down through many generations. There are even other non-religious historical texts that confirm people and events in the bible.
The bible is the inspired word of God and is what we should go by regarding how to get to heaven. You can try other methods, but most of the methods came way after these scrolls and letters were written. If you do try the other methods, I must warn you that you are risking an awful lot.
Jesus in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is narrow and the way is constricted that leads to life, and there are few who find it."
He says the gate is narrow because there will be many that don't believe His way is the only way. Jesus is widely known for performing miracles and giving power to His disciples to perform miracles. Are there any other historical figures that performed miracles and said their way is the only way? Even Muslims (2nd largest religion) believe that Jesus was a true prophet of God and performed miracles, but yet don't say there own prophet performed any.
The point of this article isn't to reveal why Jesus and the Christian bible is true, but to point that Jesus is the only way to heaven. As I mentioned earlier, you can try another way, but is it worth the risk? We have about a maximum of 120 years of life here on earth and eternity afterwards. Do you want to spend eternity in heaven or hell? There isn't a middle option. It's one or the other.
Jesus said that if we ask, we will receive and if we knock the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8) If you believe in Him and ask to be saved, you will be saved. He is willing for you to be saved right now. If you are willing, you can put your trust in Jesus and you will be saved and can go to heaven when you die.
Confess and Say the Prayer
Are you are ready to take the next step and choose to accept and follow Jesus? If so, read the following scripture, which explains how a person gets saved so they can go to heaven when they die.
Romans 10:9-13 says:
That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
If you are ready to pray the prayer of salvation, then read out loud the following prayer: