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If a person breaks one of the Ten Commandments can he or she still get through the doors of heaven?

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If this were to be the case, none of us would be saved, as the Bible clearly says: Rom 3: 23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” I haven’t yet met one person who did not break God’s law, except Jesus Christ.  If we can only be saved by keeping the law, we are doomed, as it is clearly written: Rom 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death.”  We all deserve hell.  We are all sinners, and none of us are bringing glory to God.

What is the role of the law, then?

 

Rom 3:20 “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.”  NIV

 

Again the apostle Paul underlines the importance that none of us can be declared righteous by our works.  Salvation by works does not work!  The law makes us conscious that we are sinners, and that we are not as “good” as we pretend to be.

 

Does this mean we are all doomed to hell?  No, not at all. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  NIV  Salvation is offered by God through His son Jesus Christ.  His son died in our stead, so that we could be reconciled with God.  He was resurrected, assuring us of our eternal salvation.  All you need to do is believe in Jesus and His offer to you. 

 

Eph 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.”  NIV

 

If you try to add works to be saved, you do not know Jesus and you are telling Him that His sacrifice was for nothing!

 

Now let us go back and look at the context of  Rom 3:23 and Rom 6:23, and watch the beauty of God’s grace.

 

Rom 3:21-24 “But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”  NIV

 

Yes, we are all sinners, and we have all broken the law of God, however we can be saved if we only believe in Jesus and in God’s grace offered “freely” (not by works, nor by money) through the supreme sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.  Wow!  That is real love!

 

Rom 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  NIV

 

Yes, we do deserve death, as we have all transgressed God’s law, but God made it possible for us to obtain eternal life through His son Jesus Christ.

 

So, to answer the Bible question of the week: yes, we can be saved if we break one of God’s commandments.  If not, Jesus would have died in vain.

 

Does this mean I can continue in my sin, once I accept Jesus?  Not at all! Rom 3:31 “Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith?  Not at all!  Rather, we uphold the law.”  NIV

Have you committed some horrible deeds towards others or towards God?  Don’t ever think your actions are unforgivable.  Are you tired of leading a miserable life of sin?  Come to Jesus and let Him break your bonds to sin.  He will set you free and will forgive you, welcoming with open arms to God’s family.  Why don’t you accept Him now in your life?  Come to http://www.answers2prayer.org/saviours_call.html and invite Him into your life.

Rob Chaffart

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This is an interesting question that I believe is coming from a sincere heart that would like to know the Truth.

Let me state here that the ten commandments as contained in Exodus 20 and a few other chapters in the Old Testament given to Moses by God to the Israelite is not sufficient for today. This is because Jesus Christ has come to release grace unto us. We are therefore saved by this grace and not by work, lest anyone should boast. The Israelites at that time needed a rule by which they would be guided. Today, Jesus has come into the world to shed His precious blood for the remission of the sins of mankind. This blood cleanses as many as would receive Him into his heart.

Romans 5:6-11

"For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved form wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice on God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation." NKJV

Reconciliation with Christ was made possible by the shedding of His precious blood.

THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES TO ETERNITY

The Pharisees and Sadducees in their religious way wanted some clarification concerning the commandment under discussion and they wanted an answer from Jesus. Let us see the disposition of Jesus towards the question.

Matthew 22:34-40

But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, "You shall love the LORD you God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. "This the first and great commandment. "And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets."

I trust you would appreciate the answer of Jesus for your question and follow His word.

TRUE DISCIPLESHIP

John 13:34-35

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

Can you see that? This transcends beyond keeping all or part of the commandments. We are in the dispensation of grace and therefore not guided by set of rules. All of the above when carefully fulfilled in the Spirit of Christianity having been born again will guarantee heaven. Please not that pure love is quite different from lust. When you love, you love not because of what you will get but because Jesus has dealt well with your sinful nature and the love that would flow from you is what is called AGAPE - God's kind of love. See I Corinthians Chapter 13

END OF ALL COMMANDMENT

I Tim 1:5

Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,

The situation of your heart is very important to God. God is not interested about your scoring 100? or 99.9 of the ten commandment. He is interested in you being a child of God and living to please Him everyday.

WHERE WOULD YOU SPEND ETERNITY?

When you die today, you are either going to open your eyes in heaven or hell. Your end would either be spent in heaven or hell. Death is not your end. It is either a continuation of life in Christ if you are born again or a continuation with terrors of hell if you die unsaved. Look at John 3:18-19.

You must be born gain and not ruled by commandments.

Rev. Debo

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Yes, however, he or she must repent of whatever sin has been committed.

There is only one sin in Scripture that is said to be "unforgiveable", and that's blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (many believe this is refusing to accept Jesus even at the last moment) While a person has every chance to repent and be forgiven during life, there are no second chances after death: Matthew 12 32Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come" (NIV).

John the Apostle gives Christians reassurance of the forgiveness of sins. If you confess your sins sincerely, God will forgive you. : 1 John 1 "8If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (NIV)

Here is more assurance of the forgiveness of sins. Habitual, unrepentant sin can keep a person out of heaven, but the good news is that you can be forgiven by asking God's forgiveness. I Corinthians 6 "9Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." (NIV)

No matter what sins a person may have committed, they can receive God's gift of forgiveness as long as they're alive. If you're struggling with unrepentant sin in your life, our ministry would be glad to pray for you.

Your sister in Christ,

AJ

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If a person breaks one of the Ten Commandments can he or she still get through the doors of heaven?

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

All of us have broken one or more of the Ten Commandments. For this reason none of us is eligible to enter heaven; given that the only way to qualify is to be without sin. We sin when we break one of the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments are what defines sin for us. It is the law and there is only one penalty, death.

1Jo 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This last verse offers hope. It mentions that eternal life is a gift. That it can be obtained through Jesus Christ. So how do we get this gift?

Approximately 2000 years ago, a man was born of a virgin. He was conceived by the Holy Ghost and not a man in the usual way. Through the miracle of His birth, Jesus was not a partaker in the inherited sin of all the descendants of our original father Adam. He was, and is, the eternal Son of God, who was made flesh for our sakes. Although sorely tempted, Jesus lived His life without once breaking one of His Father's Ten Commandments. Jesus voluntarily laid down His life for us and shed His innocent blood to buy back the earth and all it's children from God's enemy, Satan, who came into legal possession through the defection of our original parents.

God has offered a free pardon to any sinner who repents and puts his or her faith in His Son, Jesus, who God resurrected from the dead. Jesus ministers for us in heaven, covering the sins of all who believe in Him and make a public witness of that fact, with His perfection.

There is no other way any of us can get into heaven except through Jesus.

Jhn 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Rom 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Go in peace and do not neglect to make a decision to put your trust in Jesus to get you into heaven.

Go in peace.

Lance Wearmouth

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Absolutely! The scriptures tell us that as long as we repent in our hearts and are truly sorry and want to walk away from our sinful ways He will totally forgive us.

Psalms 103:12 tells us As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Hebrews 10:17 says And "I will remember their sins and their iniquities no more."

Acts 3:19 says "Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out"

1 John. 1:7 says "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin."

We also must forgive those who have sinned against us. We must forgive as the Lord forgives.

John 20:23 says "Whoever’s sins you forgive, they are forgiven them. Whoever’s sins you retain, they have been retained." Colossians 3:13 says "Forgive as the Lord forgave you."

Matthew 18:35 says "So my heavenly Father will also do to you, if you don’t each forgive your brother from your hearts for his misdeeds."

Matthew 6: 14-15 says "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you don’t forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Mark 11:25-26 says 25Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father, who is in heaven, may also forgive you your transgressions. 26But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your transgressions.

To be saved and get into the gates of Heaven we must Believe in and trust God. Live for God and Forgive Our Brothers As He Forgave Us. Bow down before the Lord and repent in our hearts for our sinful ways. As Jesus told the woman caught in adultery "go and sin no more.

Love, DeeDee

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If not, then Paul changed for nothing.  Christ died for our sins.  We all fall short because none of us are perfect.   How about David sending a man to die so he could possess his wife? 
 
Thanks

BJ Cassady

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I certainly hope so!! Of course he can, the Bible teaches that no person can even keep ONE of the Ten Commandments.

Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith

The whole purpose of the law was to show us that we are totally unable to keep any aspect of the law, including the Decalogue.

That was Jesus' point to the rich young ruler when He told him to go and sell all that he had and come follow Him - the young man claimed to have keep the Ten Commandments from his youth and Jesus tested him on the first Commandment "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me"

Jon and Janice Settlemoir

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The answer is no, unless it's out of ignorance. All throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, we are admonished to keep all of God's commandments. All ten commandments are based on our love for God and our love for men. (the first four, our love for God - the first and Greatest commandment, the other six - our love for man - the second greatest commandment). They were all written at the same time with the finger of God. Obeying the commandments will not save us; we obey because we are saved.

Here are the Word of the Lord:

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:10

And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws." Genesis 26:4-6

But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. Leviticus 26:14-16

You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. Deut 4:2

And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. Deut 28:13

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; Psalms 19:7

Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:19

Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. Revelation 22:6,7

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13

Yvonne Goldman

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My understanding of what God has said in God's Word regarding this is that indeed, no person can follow all the commandments all of the time.  At some point we are bound to break one of them.  And if we break one of them, we break all.  In fact all human beings are conceived "in sin", i.e., the breaking of the commandments begins in the womb itself.

God in God's love for us, has sent Jesus Christ to take on - in our stead -- the punishment for our breaking of the commandments.  God said whoever believes in Jesus Christ will have eternal life.  It is hard to understand this, but this is God's grace, a free gift which we receive through faith.

And so my answer would be yes, even if a person breaks the commandments, s/he will still be able to be with God and enter God's glory -- through Christ.  That is how much God cares for us and loves us.

A person who is in Christ responds to God's grace by trying to keep the commandments and living a life worthy of God's love.  God's Spirit fills the person and when s/he "falls again" i.e., breaks the commandments again, the Spirit moves and prompts the person to come to God and seek forgiveness.  And God in God's mercy again extends forgiveness to the person.

Thanks.

enilagan@netzero.net

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I think that even if one person breaks one or more than one of the ten commandments of the Bible he/she can still enter in the gates of heaven. This can be done only if he/she confesses the sin, repents and ask God for forgiveness. That does not mean that the Ten Commandments are no more important in one's life. One person should live by keeping the ten commandments of God, that is why they have given for but one can not be saved only by keeping them. Let us have a look into the life of Jesus: Did he keep the Commandments including the Commandment about the Sabbath? The answer is yes, he did. Let us try and follow His example and the mercy that he gives will help us get through.

Kind Regards,

Elidon Bardhi Albania

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No, if you break one if the 10 commandments, you can not get to heaven, at least not without someone dying in your place. Any broken commandment of the 10 (except 1 1/2 of them) are specifically stated, in other places of the Mosaic Law, to be punishable by death. The exceptions are coveting---which leads to breaking one of the other commandments and stealing by day. The punishment for stealing by day gives a big clue as to how to get to heaven, in spite of it all. The thief who steals and is caught in the act but not killed in the act can have an animal killed in his stead.

Worse, EVERY sin is punishable by death, as it states in Romans 6:23. And all have sinned, as it states in Romans 3:23. But reading the rest of Romans 3 reveals interesting words such as redemption, atonement and justified. Redemption means to "buy back" or "to pay the ransom for". Atonement is another word for "cover" or "cancel". Finally, justified is another way to say "vindicated". Do you see the common thread throughout my answer? In his stead, buy back, cancel and vindicated are all talking about getting off the hook. But how?

Jesus died for you! He could not just be hurt for your sins. He had to be killed and He had to be sinless or none of us could get to heaven, because all of us have broken the 10 commandments! At the same time, though, we know that although Jesus died for all, not all of us are going to heaven. Furthermore, even the pagan knows something is wrong if you say you believe in Jesus and keep living a lifestyle of sin. So, what is the specific thing we must do to have Jesus' blood work for us so that we do not have to go to the eternal place of death (Revelation 20:14)?

The Bible says: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) It says believe in. It is better translated as "relies on". Many believe that you just need to rely on his death in place of your death. I thought that, but it did not change me or save me. To believe in Jesus means to trust in who he really is. Since He is alive and all powerful and all knowledgeable, then the only true reliance is one of giving yourself wholly to his care and leading. Anything less is not believing that Jesus is who He says he is. Anything less and God the Father will not let Jesus' death count for you!

Are you to the point I got to where I realized I was bad at running my own life? Won't you let Jesus have control. You can enter the kingdom of heaven now and arrive in heaven later!

Todd Shilt

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