The way to heaven is through our pride.
To receive GRACE (unearned, unmerited favour), the recipient must first admit they cannot earn it. If you are deserving of grace than it is not grace anymore. If you deserve grace it is no longer unmerited. If you deserve grace it is no longer undeserved. To deserve and not deserve something at the same time is completely illogical.
The Bible says that we are sinners, but that God has a gift for us, and the gift is heaven…
"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23
It also says that the gift of eternal life (heaven) is by grace through our faith.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
Again we see the word grace (unmerited favour, an unearned, undeserving gift) in the verse above. It is very clear that God has a gift that He wants to give. A gift we do not deserve. A gift that we cannot merit or earn, and it is eternal life in heaven.
What is it that people say that causes me to hear "Everyone will get to heaven, if they are proud enough"? It is statements like…
"I will go to heaven because I am a good man/woman."
GRACE requires humility, it is unmerited/undeserved. This is a statement of merit.
"I will go to heaven because I am a (Catholic/Baptist/Protestant/Muslim etc.)"
Grace requires humility, it is unmerited/undeserved. Again, this is a statement of deserving.
"I will go to heaven because I have served God all my life."
Grace requires humility, it is unmerited/undeserved. Once again, this is a statement of merit.
"But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." James 4:6
All these statements above are based on my merit by earning favour toward God. It is faith in ourselves, anchored in pride, and the Bible says, that "God resisteth the proud", but He saves by grace, unmerited, undeserved favour. He gives grace to the humble. For this reason, every man alive needs to repent of their dead works and receive Gods grace, the gift of eternal life, by faith.
How can we get to heaven? Through faith in Jesus' finished work on the cross.
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