You’ve probably heard this before:
“People who are basically good and do their best will go to Heaven. I’m nice and I do more good things than bad things, so I’m going, too.”
Now, before we dive into the reasons that this thinking is flawed and dangerous, let’s first see what the Bible says about who gets to go to Heaven. Christianity’s teaching on this matter is unique, because other religions would largely agree that good works are the basis for a pleasant afterlife (We will address the false belief that “all religions are basically alike” in a future post).