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I have some questions. Hi. My name is __________ and I'm 15 years old. My first question is: is there any possible thing that God won't forgive you for, whether it's a sin or not? My second question is: what do I have to know and do to make sure I go to heaven. And my last question is: What do I have to know/do to make sure I won't go to heaven when I die. I am asking these questions here and not church because I don't go to church and I have no car to get to church anyway. So, if you could be so kind as to please answer my questions, I would appreciate it so very much. Thank you!
The only thing that God cannot forgive is the sin of unbelief in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The reason that He cannot forgive that sin, is because it is only when we place our faith and trust in His Son that we can have forgiveness of any sins. Acts 16:30,31 says, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." John 14:5, 6 says, "Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Acts 4:12 says, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."The reason that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven is because the wages or payment for our sin is death. Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." We were all condemned to death because of our sin. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." And the wages of sin is not only physical death, but also an eternal death in the lake of fire. Revelation 20:14,15 says, "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Matthew 25:41 says, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." God the Father was willing to give His Son to die and pay that death penalty for us. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Jesus came to earth as God in the flesh. Isaiah 9:6 says, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Matthew 1:23 says, "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." Matthew 1:21 says, "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins." The reason that Jesus could die for our sins, is because He was born without a sin nature like we were. Because Adam and Eve sinned, we were born with sin natures (no one has to teach us how to lie, steal, etc., we naturally know how to do those wrong things). Romans 5:12 says, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." Ephesians 2:2,3 says, "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." That sin nature is like a magnet to be attracted to the wrong things. That is why the Bible says in Romans 6:11-13. "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God." The miraculous virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ is important, because that is why no sin nature was passed down to Him. His conception was miraculous. Luke 1:30-35 says, "And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." So Jesus was born perfect, and then lived a perfect life. At His trial, Pilate the judge said in John 18:38, "I find in him no fault at all." I Peter 2:21, 22 says, "For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth." There would be no way for Jesus to die for our sins, if He would have had sins of His own. Jesus lived a perfect life, and then offered to bear the judgment for our sins upon Himself on the cross. I Peter 2:24 says, "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree." II Corinthians 5:21 says, "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." To be saved, we must first repent of our sin. Luke 13:3 says, "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." The first word out of John the Baptist's mouth when he began to preach was "repent." Matthew 3:1,2 says, "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." The first word out of Jesus' mouth when He began to preach was "repent." Matthew 4:17 says, "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." That does NOT mean that we have to first clean up our lives and make ourselves pleasing to God. We cannot do that and ever succeed. Isaiah 64:6 says, "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, "For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not." Galatians 3:10, 11 says, "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith." Repentance is a change in a person's heart that affects a person's life. Acts 26:20 says, "But showed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance." A person who truly repents turns from his sin and false beliefs to God. God then cleanses and gives the power to live for Him. John 1:12 says, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." Sometimes people want to get saved, but at the same time do not want to give up their sin. Or they want to get saved, but they also want to hold on to their "other beliefs," just for extra assurance. Those people have no true repentance. True repentance is the desire for God to cleanse you of all your sin (not continue on in it). True repentance is turning from all other beliefs and hopes for heaven, and placing your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in Him alone to save you. Remember the verse given above, John 14:6, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." It is only through Jesus pure, sinless blood that we can be cleansed from our sin. Ephesians 1:7 says, "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace." Revelation 1:5 says, "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood." I Peter 1:18 ,19 says, "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." Romans 3:23-25 says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God." I John 1:7 says, "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." After Jesus died on the cross and gave His blood for our sins, He was buried, and then arose victorious from the grave the third day, proving that His sacrifice was enough to pay that sin debt (if it was not, then He would have been held in the grave with the penalty of our sins). I Corinthians 15:1-4 says, "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures." To go to heaven, you must confess to God that you have sinned, and that you believe that the Lord Jesus Christ paid the penalty for your sin when He died on the cross, and that you do now receive Him as your personal Savior to save you and cleanse you and give you a new life. Romans 10:9, 10 says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Romans 10:13 says, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." John 1:12 says, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." Your last question was, "What do I have to know/do to make sure I won't go to heaven when I die." The only thing that a person has to do to not go to heaven is "nothing." If you do nothing, you will die and go to hell. The reason is because, as we discussed above, we are all born as sinners. Just continuing on in that will send us all to hell. Jesus said in Matthew 12:30, "He that is not with me is against me." John 3:17, 18 says, "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." Do something today. Repent: turn from your sin and false hopes and beliefs to the Lord Jesus Christ, and to Him alone. Ask Him to save you and cleanse you from all of your sin and give you a new life serving Him. Then find a good Baptist church in your area that preaches from the King James Bible and sings sacred hymns (not this new rock and roll style music), and tell the pastor that you have received the Lord Jesus Christ, and now want to follow Him in baptism. Acts 2:41 says, "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized." Jesus said in Matthew 28:18-20, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." We have some Bible Study Courses that we would like to send you to help you grow as a new Christian. If you will write us with your address, we will send the first one to you (they are free of charge). Remember, to not make a decision for the Lord Jesus Christ, is to make a decision against Him. Matthew 12:30, "He that is not with me is against me." II Corinthians 6:2 says, "...behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."
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