How to get to heaven is a piece of information that we all want to know. The rich young ruler of Matthew 19:16 – 29 (Mark 10: 17 – 30, Luke 18: 18 – 30) asked Jesus,
“What good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
Nicodemus, a religious leader, visited Jesus secretly at night and circumspectly touched upon the topic, something that should comfort the rest of us ordinary, non-leadership type people, because as Jesus observed,
“You are Israel’s teacher . . . and do you not understand these things?” (John 3: 10)
(Remember this the next time an assertive, confident bastion of the Christian faith tells you how to live your life and where to send your money.)
Why didn’t Jesus just flat out tell us what to do? we quite sensibly ask.
Well, He did flat out tell us a number of things, many of which we avoid doing (“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” — Luke 6: 46), and one of the many issues Christ addressed was the kingdom of heaven, and what it takes to get there:
Please follow the link to my Commonsense Christianity article at BeliefNet, The Kingdom of Heaven — How Do We Get There? I am grateful to all of you who click through and finish the rest of the story, as I am unable to reprint the entire article here. I also appreciate those of you who comment — thank you!
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