Here is a copy of the quiz we use in our church outreach:

ARE YOU GOOD ENOUGH TO GO TO HEAVEN?
TAKE THE QUIZ. . .
Evaluate yourself using the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17). Please check off the commandments you have never broken.

□ YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME.
□ YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FOR YOURSELF A CARVED IMAGE, …
□ YOU SHALL NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD YOUR GOD IN VAIN.
□ REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY, TO KEEP IT HOLY.
□ HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER, …
□ YOU SHALL NOT MURDER.
□ YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.
□ YOU SHALL NOT STEAL.
□ YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST YOUR NEIGHBOR.
□ YOU SHALL NOT COVET …

NOW THAT YOU’VE EVALUATED YOURSELF IN LIGHT OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS, HOW WOULD YOU RATE YOUR GOODNESS?
A I’m perfect
B I’m mostly good
C I’m mostly bad
D I’m as bad as I could be

1. HOW DO YOU THINK GOD SHOULD DEAL WITH YOU?
A He should overlook my sins because of all the other good things I do.
B He should just forgive me because God is love, right?
C He should give me my just punishment.
D He should punish me only if I break every commandment.

2. AND WHAT IS THE PUNISHMENT FOR SIN?
A Death
B Hell
C Death and hell
D There is no punishment for sin.

3. IS THERE A WAY FOR US TO BE SAVED?
A Yes: Jesus Christ’s death on the cross paid for sin completely.
B Yes: by keeping all of God’s commandments
C Yes: by doing my best not to sin and to be good
D I don’t care because I think all of this sounds ridiculous.

4. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BELIEVE IN JESUS?
A to know the facts about Him
B to agree with the facts about Jesus
C to feel sad that Jesus died such a horrible death
D to trust that Jesus’ sacrifice of Himself is enough to pay for your sins

5. GOD COMMANDS PEOPLE NOT ONLY TO HAVE FAITH IN JESUS BUT ALSO TO REPENT. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “REPENT”?
A to try your best to be a good person
B to change your mind about God and about your sin and to resolve to stop sinning
C to cover a surface with a second coat of paint
D I have no idea.

ANSWER KEY
1. Choice C is correct. Since God is just and holy, He can have nothing to do with sin and must give us all our just punishment.

  • Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them. (Galatians 3:10)
  • Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. (Habakkuk 1:13, NIV)
  • …whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. (James 2:10, NIV)

2. Choice C is right because

  • The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23, NASB)
  • And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Rev. 20:15, NASB)
  • …when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might. (2 Thess. 1:7b-9)

3. Choice A is correct because God Himself (Jesus) came to earth as a man. Unlike us, He lived a perfect, sinless life, always doing those things that were pleasing to God (John 8:29). God has arranged things so that if we believe in Jesus, His perfect life will be credited to us, that is, God will look at us as if we had lived the sinless, perfect life that Jesus lived! Not only that, but Jesus carried the full guilt of sinners when He suffered and died on the cross, so He also takes away the sins of those who trust Him.

  • God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, HCSB)
  • Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.” (Gal. 3:13)
  • Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, … he was buried, … he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, … he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. (1 Corinthians 15:3b-5, NIV)
  • For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, … (1 Peter 3:18)
  • Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:13)

After Jesus’ death on the cross, He rose from the dead because He is God and death could not keep Him in the tomb. Jesus’ resurrection shows that He is the true Savior and that He succeeded in paying our debt to God. Those who trust Christ alone have no debt to God anymore. The Bible says, “And to the one who does not work but trusts him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness” (Romans 4:5).

4. Choices A and B are wrong because neither knowing the facts about Christ nor even agreeing with the facts about Him is enough. Although these things are necessary for faith, true faith always results in a changed life. The Bible says, “What good is it, my
brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? … So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:14, 17).

5. Choice B is correct because the word “repent” comes from a word that means to change your mind. It means to turn away from sin and toward God.

  • Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:7)
  • Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. (2 Cor. 7:10, NIV)
  • Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. (Luke 3:8a)
  • Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. (Luke 13:5)

COUNT THE COST!
Being a Christian is not just a one-time prayer or a single attempt to repent; rather, it is a lifelong commitment to follow Jesus no matter what. Jesus said, “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? … So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27-28, 33).

FINAL QUESTION: If you were to die today and God asked you why he should let you into heaven, what would you say?

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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The author of this blog, Jeremy (Jehanne), is a Catholic who strives to think God's thoughts after Him and obey Christ's exhortation to take up the cross daily and follow Him on the way to Golgotha. He likes reading theology, evangelizing, and, of course, writing.