When is someone good enough to go to heaven? The key question here is, “Where do we draw the line?” Don’t we draw the line just below ourselves, because we think “I’m a pretty good guy and God is love so he wouldn’t send me to hell, right?”
But think about this: we don’t want to have to spend eternity with people worse than us. We might say, I couldn’t stand to be in heaven with child molesters but my pornography isn’t so bad. Keep those gang bangers out but let my prejudiced little butt in. So if the line is drawn just below the person who decides, how good is the one who decides? The kicker is, the one who does decide, is perfect.
This is why nobody can say, “As long as I’m a good person, I’ll go to heaven.” There’s always someone better who has a higher standard of what is good and they wouldn’t want us to be there with them. So if that’s the rule, then none of us will be there. But the rule is different. The rule maker says, “You’ll never be as good as me on your own, but if you try to obey me, you can come with me for now and I’ll overlook your crap- and I’ll help you become perfect in time. But there is one thing I can’t stand. Don’t ever say you don’t want a certain person to come to heaven with us, because I love that person too and if there’s one thing i won’t stand, it’s hearing someone judge someone else. Unless of course, you want me to start judging.”