I'm an atheist, because I'm still searching for something to believe in. And this is probably a stupid question. But could someone like me, an atheist, still get into Heaven if they weren't Christian? Like if they still had good values and did good things, but not TO get into Heaven, but just to do it. Could one still get into Heaven?
- Of course, Max, you stupid idiot!Vote A
- Nah, nah, get your facts right bud.Vote B
- Other (Plz explain)Vote C
Most Helpful Girl
As a Christian, God and Jesus must be accepted and followed and loved and trusted. That simply means that you will be saved and forgiven and guided in the right direction through life and given eternal life in heaven after earthly death. As an atheist, you must at least accept the fact that you need someone (not a false idol) to guide you. You don't particularly have to believe in God or go to church or many other things Christians do to be able to go to Heaven. It is a tricky situation, though. It's hard for me to describe my point of view on this without it sounding like I'm contradicting myself.
If you're against going to church and believing in God, just try to be a good person and stay away from sin. Do your best to abide by the Ten Commandments and you should be safe. If you're open to Christianity, I say go for it. Don't hold back. Visit a church and do some research and don't limit your options. You might even want to speak to a preacher first to see if there's a certain denomination that might suit you better than the others. If, however, you just simply want to stay away from religion and aren't concerned about going to Heaven, still try to abide by the Ten Commandments and you'll be happy later on that you did.
Now for the piece that makes everything I just said look useless: the Bible says you must accept and love and trust God as your Savior to earn your way to Heaven. You must repent and forgive and live by the Bible.
Sooo... any questions?0
Most Helpful Guy
Christianity teaches that humans are inherently evil because of Adam's (the first man) rebellious sin. Because we are descendants of Adam, all humans are born with sin and there is nothing we can do to earn our salvation. The price for sin is death and eternal damnation.
To give us a chance for redemption, God the Father sent his son Jesus to live a sinless life and pay the price of death on the cross for us. That's how we are able to get to heaven. Instead of us being damned, Jesus died in our place. And because he was a perfect sinless man God accepted the sacrifice. So now we are able to have salvation by acknowledging and trusting in Jesus. We recognize we need Him in our lives and He is the one and only way we are getting into heaven.
This world is always concerned with good deeds, being "good enough" of a person. But the Bible says that the very best we can do on our own is nothing more than filthy rags compared to God's righteousness. Atheists and any other kind of nonbeliever has to admit they are evil and wretched by themselves. Most people have too much of an ego to admit it. But the Christian recognizes that any goodness we have in our lives is owed to Jesus, not us. We can never be "good enough" to get to heaven because God's standard is perfection. We are imperfect beings, but we can still be saved by trusting in the One who was perfect. Jesus paid the price of sin for us so that we can be redeemed by His precious blood, not by our own efforts.
You can still go to heaven, but you must change your mind about how you are going to get there. Not by your own works, but by recognizing that Jesus is the only way you're getting there. That's the only thing you have to "do yourself", is change your mind about Christ. The thief on the cross next to Jesus realized this, in his dying moments the thief knew he deserved his death, but he also knew that through Christ he could be saved from Hell. Now as a person who is still alive, you don't have to wait until your deathbed to change your mind. And even after you do change your mind and are saved, God is going to be working on your spirit to make you "a better person" so to speak, for His purpose. But becoming a better person still is not what saves you. That's what comes *after* salvation.
Hope this gave you some more insight.0