I think that we have all seen the acts of an older person in their later years start doing good things, setting up charities, donating to the Arts and things like that. Whenever this happens, most people simply state that “They are Trying to Buy their way into Heaven”. The question is; is this wrong? Is this Immoral, should this person be condemned for this act? I believe that it all depends on the mental state of the person, if they think that they are pulling one over on God by being really good at the end of their life while knowing throughout their life that they should have been doing good all along then I believe it is wrong. If however, they have had a late in life discovery that they have been wrong and want to make amends that I see no problem with it, since we all have the chance to “Buy Our Way Into Heaven”. There is no mistry here, God has told us numerous times throughout all of the Scriptures the price we have to pay to enter Heaven and all we have to do is to purchase the ticket by following His lead.
Now, some will ask what that price is, when you read the Scriptures it informs us of the price:
The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
1. “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. ”
2. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.”
3. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”
4. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. “
5. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”
6. “You shall not murder.”
7. “You shall not commit adultery.”
8. “You shall not steal.”
9. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
10. “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.”
These same Commandments are found throughout the Scriptures in many different forms, but all remain true to the same theme. The Torah, New Testament, and Quran all have the same ideology. In fact, it is not just these 10 Commandments, there is a bit more, when payed will move one further up the ladder and position to be closer to God in the Hereafter; God looks highly upon the most righteous of his servents.
(In no order of importance)
Be kind to all.
Do not be arrogant.
Be charitable; spend from what God has given you.
Be appreciative to God for what He has given you.
Be humble and ask God for forgiveness for our shortcomings and errors.
Maintain and Perform our Salat at the prescribed times.
Be truthful - when you lie to someone you are actually breaking the 8th Commandment, because you are robbing them of the truth. There is no such thing as a “Little or White Lie”.
And a lot more, just read the Scriptures and listen to what God is telling you and you will know the price that is to be played for entry to Heaven.
So there is really a method of “Buying Your Way Into Heaven”, simply follow God straight path, live a righteous life, be true and appreciative to God for giving us the chance to purchase Heaven.
Barry Baker 2/2/2017