What if they say… I’m a good person and think I’ll go to heaven.
Why would God send me or any good person to hell?
A couple of things to focus on are the reality and seriousness of our individual sin.
And that God’s “10 Commandments” (law) serve to convict us of our sinfulness and need for a Savior. Jesus used the “law” to bring conviction to the self-righteous.
You can graciously point out (in your own words):
We all sin
Start by asking a few simple “10 Commandment” questions like:
“Have you ever told a lie?”
“Have you ever used God’s name in vain?”
“Did you ever steal anything?”
“Have you ever looked at someone lustfully?” etc.
If they are honest, they’ll say “yes”.
The Seriousness of our personal sin
Define sin, saying, “Sin is anything we think, say, do or don’t do that does not please God.”
Tell them how serious sin is stating:
- “The Bible tells us that “no matter how good we are, whoever falls short in even one point is guilty of breaking every point.” (paraphrase of James 2:10)
God’s requirement - Be perfect
Ask, “Have you ever thought just how good you have to be to DESERVE heaven?
- The Bible says, “Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matt. 5:48)
“Since heaven is perfect and we are not, there must be a different way – God’s way.”
Ask, “May I share with you what I discovered the Bible says about how we can avoid hell and go to heaven?”