Ticket to Heaven?

candleoflove-o9ko3xReal faith, life-changing faith, isn’t legal, it’s relational. So if you’re asking, “How do I get into heaven?” you’re asking the wrong question.

Heaven is God’s home, as it were, and the way to “get in” isn’t to pick the lock (complete some arduous task) or learn the combination (believe all the right things). It’s to be his child.

“To all who received Him, He gave the right to become children of God.”  ~John 1:12

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10 Responses to Ticket to Heaven?

  1. mike7sedona says:

    To sum up, that’s the way of salvation. In other words, the way to possess eternal life is to possess God’s Son.

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  2. I heard Richard Rohr say once, “You cannot get there; you can only be there.”

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  3. I entered the Kingdom in the same moment I first believed in Jesus. There’s nothing quite like being a child of the King!

    This post is wonderful because of it’s simplicity. A perfect expression of what faith should be.

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  4. de castro says:

    Absolute rubbish…believe in yourself first and all historical/religious preachings second.
    Get real. Be good and do good and others will love you.. Be evil and do bad and most will hate or despise you.

    Sorry my opinion

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Your opinion is welcome here, de Castro (I don’t know your first name, sorry). My words were in regard to what Jesus taught, which I do happen to believe. Looking back, the person I was when I was an atheist–whom I considered to be good–was selfish and usurious. Only God’s presence in my life has been able to change that.

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  5. de castro says:

    Thanks response…..good for you and all those who be!ieve in the God thing.
    My jury is out on the issue on “religious” grounds. I do believe that “god” and “nature”
    are same…..good bad and ugly.
    Some religion push the idea that “Jesus” was son of god…..bit far fetched.
    He may have been a good person…..but certainly not God father son or whatever.

    My jury remains out on the God issue but remain open minded on whether there is or isn’t a god.

    My jury emains out/undecided.

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    • mitchteemley says:

      I understand. I held a stance much like yours at one time, though I eventually abandoned the nature-is-god idea (pantheism). Re. Jesus as the son of God, I reached a point where I had to agree with C.S. Lewis famous “liar, lunatic, or Lord” argument: Jesus own statements about himself are either insane or megalomaniacal if he is not who he claimed to be. And if he is, well, that changes everything. It certainly did for me. Great dialoguing with you on this! https://mitchteemley.com/2014/09/02/why-i-believe-part-one/

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