What’s the difference between those in Heaven and those in Hell?

Heaven or Hell Doors What is the difference between those in heaven and those in hell? First, it is not the type of sins committed. Those in heaven have committed the same sins as those in hell. Neither is it the type of religious activities performed. Many in hell will have been just as religious as those in heaven. So what is the difference?

Ultimately, the only only quality that separates those in heaven from those in hell is pride vs. humility. The humble see their own brokenness and react to it with grief and repentance toward God. The proud never get that far. Listen to Jesus…

“Jesus told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: ‘Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14)

** Don’t worry I’m still alive. I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted to Sharing the Good News but some good things are in the works, namely a series on the “Life of Jesus” which I plan to start Jan. 5, 2015. Until then, God bless and keep sharing the good news.**

One thought on “What’s the difference between those in Heaven and those in Hell?

  1. I heartily agree: it all ultimately comes down to pride vs. humility / self-centered vs. Christ-centered. We all need to dwell on this truth. Since I am collecting material for a lesson on overcoming self, I couldn’t help but formulate a 3 point lesson on the tax collector.
    He bowed his head – “not even lift up his eyes to heaven”
    He beat his chest – “beat his breast”
    He beseeched his God – “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”

    Three points on the Pharisee didn’t emerge right away. 😉

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