Almost 40 years ago I was asked: "If you were to die today, would you be 100 percent sure you'd go to heaven?" I answered as a lot of people would; "I sure hope so, I go to church each week, try to live a good life, don't commit many big sins and follow the Golden Rule."
A short time later, I received Jesus Christ as my savior. As a born-again Christian, the answer to this question became crystal clear as found in God's Word: "God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
There is only one way to heaven, through Jesus Christ. We are forgiven through our faith in the Lord, not through our works. Good works naturally follow because we are Christians, but they are not done to try to earn our salvation. It is a free gift from God; we must only truly believe and receive him through faith.
In this Easter season, let's put our trust in our savior who died for our sins. This is truly our 100 percent promise to eternity in heaven with God.
Michael L. Lukens