Why do we need to read bible? Is being good not enough to go to heaven?

Philippines
March 22, 2007 12:22am CST
There are so many religions out there and they have different teachings but using only one bible. Is being good not enough to go to heaven?
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@ReyM21 (281)
• Philippines
22 Mar 07
The Bible is the word of God, you will know God and His will more if you constantly read it. Man is a hard-headed being to be convinced by God, although God can do straight-forward talking, but man cannot comprehend His mysteries that's why His words are written in the Scriptures. Good work is not a qualifier to heaven, it is your acceptance and trust to our Lord Jesus Christ is the key to heaven. Once you accepted Jesus, your faith to Him will drive you to do good and pleasing works to God. God bless!
• Philippines
23 Mar 07
Ok. Now that I accepted Jesus as Savior, may I just go with my daily chores and do good things? Can I just live my life like this and pray in my room instead of going to church?
@ReyM21 (281)
• Philippines
23 Mar 07
It's not that way it should be. God will impressed your heart to fellowship with other believers (to be a witness), and will task you to spread His words to anyone. It is the very mission of every believer who responded to the call of Jesus Christ. But, don't you worry, it will come naturally and while you are growing with the guidance and love of Christ, blessings, wisdom, conviction, peace, joy, strength will be yours.
@keese17 (14)
• Philippines
22 Mar 07
being a good man is not enough indeed. You must accept Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour.
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@mdarma (868)
• Singapore
24 Mar 07
All the religion is teaching, preaching the same ideology, maybe with a little twist to meet their ideology. Now the question is “being good enough” what is the benchmark for being good. Each individual will have their definition suiting their life style. So where do we draw the line of being good. This is where the various religious book come into play. So we need to read our religious book to be guide us. Now a point to ponder, Is there such thing as haven or hell?
• Philippines
25 Mar 07
Thanks, mdarma. What I learned is that heaven exist but hell is yet to be made. I strongly believe that no one is in heaven yet. We will be judged all at the same time. But then, its another story.
• Thailand
22 Mar 07
If there is a heaven then living a compassionate and tolerant life and trying to do no harm to other living things is enough to get you there.
• Philippines
23 Mar 07
Are you buddhist? You have a very good point, Chiang_Mai_boy. You do good as you base it from your teaching. Christians may eat almost all food the nature gives and think too that they(like me) do good. That's why judging each other should be avoided.
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@20031969 (934)
• India
22 Mar 07
People of different religion have the right to read their religious book such as if i am hindu it is my religious duty to read Geeta, Ramayan, Mahabharat from those we can learn our culture, principle. it does not mean that if ones read the said granth, he / she will go heaven or hell. thanks.
• Philippines
23 Mar 07
I remember one verse in the bible saying that,(something like this) those who don't know the teaching and fail to do the teaching is not a sin to him, but the one who knows and does not do it, he sins. This somehow, connects with what you posted, 10031969. Thanks, too.
• Australia
22 Mar 07
Somehow, I am failing to understand how your post makes sense. In the title, did you mean 'read the bible' rather than 'read bible'? What do you mean, so many religions and they have different teachings but only using one bible...? If you are meaning to say that many different religions use the bible, that's not true. the bible is a christian thing. there may be many different varieties of christianity, buts its all the same religion. I'm not sure what the first statement had to do with the question about being good not being enough to get into the christian heaven place. But from what I have learnt about christianity, no, apparently, many of them think it is not enough to get in there. A catholic woman once told me i was going to go to 'hell' because i have different beleifs to her. how ridiculous.
• Philippines
23 Mar 07
To clarify, I had 2 ideas when I was posting: First, I have the muslims, too in my mind. And they have their own bible. Without having typed the word "the" I was thinking of them. On the second time, I was thinking about many religion "under" christianity. We call ourselves christian but my belief of christianity is different from your view or someone else's though we call ourselves christianity. The word "the" is now used because I have seen different religions with different denominations claiming Christ's teachings as theirs but they do different activities in their own churches. For example, mormons give 10%, catholics don't, another religion accepts money only from their members(they announce to visitors to not give), but catholics accepts from anyone, others don't baptise until you are aware of the teaching that you are accepting, but others baptise at any age. These and more call themselves christians. So that explains why the word "the" is used when I asked about having one bible but we differ in beliefs or in putting the teachings into action.
• United States
22 Mar 07
Being good is only being human. Getting into to heaven requires an active belief in God. Even someone who worships the devil can "be good" in a sense. They can give to charity or do a "good" deed. Entrance into Heaven requires faith in God and Acceptance that Jesus is The Saviour. Voila, Heaven.
• Philippines
23 Mar 07
Hi, empresslaydi, those first sentences of yours are very true and encouraging.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
22 Mar 07
The reason we read the Bible is because it is the Word of God and that is how we learn of HIM plus the ten commandments. We have to obey God so being good is no good enough because many societies have different ideas of what is good, but there is only one standard that is right, and that is God's.