How Do I Know the Bible Is True, and How Do I Get into Heaven?



Like any other subject that someone endeavors to learn, one’s attitude determines where we begin. For example, if our minds are already made up on what the Bible says or doesn’t say, or what we believe or don’t believe about what the Bible teaches, and if we have concluded that we are closed to new understanding, there is no real reason to study the Bible further. Openness to learn is the first key in studying the Scriptures. Openness is an attitude that says, “I am teachable because I don’t know everything, but I want to consider that there might be more to learn.”

First Step

The first step to accepting God’s word is to have faith. Faith is defined in Hebrews 11:1 (NIV): “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Faith is a gift of God, not something that we can acquire on our own. We are saved by grace through faith: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NASB).

Second Step

Understand and and accept that God’s word is a living word even thousands of years after it was written: “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 ESV).

Third Step

If you’ll begin by spending about 10 minutes a day by reading one chapter in The Book of Proverbs (lessons in wisdom), followed by one chapter in the Book of John (what Jesus Christ is all about), you will experience a new found wisdom that can lead to living a new lifestyle. You will also find a greater peace coming into your life. God’s power to change your life begins with your acceptance of the free gift of his son, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior.

How To Get Into Heaven

There is nothing you can do to earn your way into Heaven, no matter how good you are. Only God can save you from yourself. Click here to read a Checklist for Biblical Tests of Genuine Salvation.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)

And Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other” (John 15:16–17 NIV).

Accepting Christ begins with God first drawing you to Him; no pastor or other person can do that for you. Our natural inclination is to do what WE want to do, not what somebody ELSE wants us to do. Jesus said,  “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day” (John 6:44 NIV).

The Unforgivable Sin

Rejecting Jesus Christ as the one and only Savior leaves an unbeliever without any hope for salvation. Therefore, rejecting the one and only pardon is the unpardonable sin. John 3:36: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”

If you have not already accepted Christ, the fact that you are even reading this message and considering Christ is probably a very strong sign that God is drawing you.


Charles Spurgeon once said: “I think I hear some of you saying, “I don’t know if I’m chosen. I can’t confidently say that I’ve received divine messages, or that I follow Christ, or that I’ve accepted the Word with joy.” If you’re feeling that way, let’s set that question aside for now. Let’s consider a different question instead: “Do you believe in Jesus Christ? Are you willing to trust Him to save your soul?”

Regardless of who you are or what state you’re in, if you come to Christ, commit to Him, and entrust your salvation to Him, He will save you – both in life and beyond.

Instantly Saved

The moment you believe, you are saved. This act of faith, through Christ’s redemptive sacrifice, will wash away all your sins. You won’t merely be put on the path to salvation, you will be saved, instantly and wholly. You might say, “I wish I could trust Christ.” The message is clear: “Whoever is willing, let them accept,” let them trust in Christ. May God help you in doing this. Trust in Jesus, and you’re saved. This message is for everyone here, as the scripture says, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.”

The Only Way to Get Into Heaven

The ONLY way into Heaven is to accept the gift of salvation from Jesus Christ. You will have a guaranteed entry into the kingdom of Heaven that nobody can take away from you, no matter what you have ever done in life. All of your sins are paid for — past, present, and future when you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior…yes, even your future sins are paid for! 

How do you know your salvation is guaranteed when you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior? Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (John 10: 27–29).

Why would Jesus pay for our sins that He did not commit and do so on the cross? John MacArthur said, “And although you’re not righteous, He treats you as if you are because on the cross God treated Jesus as if He had lived your life so that He could treat you as if you had lived His.”

The moment you accept Christ, you will instantly have the Holy Spirit in you to lead you and guide you in your everyday life’s challenges. You will still have the same problems that you currently have, but the BIG difference will be how you react to the those problems and what you do about those problems moving forward with the power of the Holy Spirit residing in you.

Your Next Step

Get baptized in a Bible-based Christian church. Baptism does not save you, but baptism is your public proclamation that you have died to your old self (when you are immersed down into the water, it is symbolic of “washing away” the old you and your sins) and that you now have a new self, a new life (symbolized by when you come up out of the water) with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

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