There is no one who is good enough or kind enough to know God. Many people try to earn a place in heaven by performing "good" deeds such as attending church, giving money to the poor, or by getting baptized.
The truth is that even the most heroic and generous men and women will die and be separated from God forever—unless they call on the name of Jesus and surrender their lives to Him. It is impossible to earn entrance into heaven or into a personal relationship with God. As the Bible states in John 3:7: "You must be born again!"
The Bible further warns: "The wages of sin is death." (Romans 6:23) The punishment for our sin is not just a bad day or a slap on the wrist, it's an eternity of separation from God in hell. You may be thinking, "I thought God was a loving God. Why is the punishment for sin so harsh?" It's true that God is a loving God, but He is also a God of justice. It would not be right for a judge to allow a criminal to go unpunished for his crimes, nor is it right for God to allow a sinner to go unpunished.
The evidence of God’s loving nature is in the second chance He gives to every man and woman on earth to be forgiven.