56% say a good person can earn their way into Heaven.
44% say if a person does not consciously accept Christ as savior, they will be condemned to Hell.
44% say all people experience the same outcome after they die, regardless of their religious beliefs.
34% say there are some sins that God cannot forgive.
31% believe that Hell is a literal, physical place, 37% say it is separation from God
39% say it doesn’t matter what faith you embrace because they all teach the same lessons
53% contend that if a person is good enough, or does enough good things for other people, they will earn their way into Heaven. One-third of all born again Christians (34%) accept this notion.
— Barna Research Group, Ltd., Oxnard, CA — (10,000 Sermon Illustrations)
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Contributed by Chris Appleby on Oct 18, 2000
Those who are outside the people of God are in rebellion against Him and are therefore spiritually dead. But God makes them a free offer to bring them back to life. All that’s needed to receive all of the bounty that God offers is to believe his promise,