Someone took a poll and discovered that for every American who believes they’re going to hell, 120 people believe they’re going to heaven. Wow, there is a lot of confidence, pious people. But it seems that getting into heaven might be easier than some people think. Let’s have John weigh in on this (John 5:13), “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.”
So, is it that simple? Believe that Jesus is the son of God, and that’s your get out of jail free card, or, to be exact, that belief is your get out of hell card. It seems you can do terrible things for your entire life, and at the last minute, just before you take your last breath, confess your sins — and as John says –– “… believe in the name of the Son of God …” and you’re good to go.
Take John at his word (and he knew Jesus better than anyone who is thinking going of leaving comments on this article), and it seems serial killers can get into heaven as easily as priests, school teachers, and the kindest grandmothers; not to mention pedophiles and bunches of other unsavory people. At the last minute, Hitler could have confessed and accepted Christ, and all would have been forgiven? No way.
John 1:19: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” And is Acts 16:31: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Some famous serial killers have accepted Christ and are on the fast track to heaven. Do you remember the Son of Sam, David Berkowitz? In 1976 and ’76, in a shooting spree in New York City, he killed seven people and wounded 6. Berkowitz is serving six 25-to-life sentences for murder. He claims after reading Psalm 34 one night, “When I got up, it felt as if a very heavy but invisible chain that had been around me for so many years was broken.”
Jeffrey Dahmer killed over 17 men, and murder was just part of his viciousness. His resume would also include involved rape, necrophilia, cannibalism, and dismemberment, along with murder. On February 15, 1992, Dahmer received 15 life sentences. In prison, he took a Bible course and converted to Christianity. He met with a Church of Christ minister, Roy Ratcliff, and was baptized in May 1994. Not long after that, another inmate, Christopher Scarver, beat Dahmer to death. Crazy as it seems, Dahmer might be enjoying heaven under God’s grace as you read this.