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Can you go to heaven if you believe in God and Jesus but never go to church?

I had a ”Spiritual Awakening,” like being “saved.” i am a strong believer but never go to church. Can I go to heaven?
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  1. Well first do the scriptures even say that all righteous people go to heaven? Scripture prove to point more downwards to the earth. God will destroy the wicked on the earth and install an everlasting new government. The kingdom of God.
    The righteous human race will inherit the earth forever and making it earth wide into a paradise as originally intended for Eden before Adam and Eve were expelled.
    Well Jesus prophetically said that the meek would inherit the earth in Matthew 5:5 which is where the resurrections are going to take place after Armageddon.
    There is no scriptural support that all righteous humans will go to heaven. No scripture in the Bible at all. It is a traditional teaching but not a biblical one. Since the Bible is what we should discern what is truth or not then the Bible should be the prime source of our knowledge.
    Psalm 37:11
    But the meek ones themselves will possess the earth, And they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. To rebuild a paradise earth of righteous people.
    Proverbs 2:22
    As regards the wicked, they will be cut off from the very earth; and as for the treacherous, they will be torn away from it.
    The Bible reveals that only 144,000 chosen are taken from the earth not the entire righteous humanity. These 144,000 we be co rulers with Christ. Christ being king.
    A kingdom needs a king.
    Revelation 14:3
    And they are singing as if a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one was able to master that song but the hundred and forty-four thousand, who have been bought from the earth.
    These are earthly activites wouldn’t you agree in the new paradise.
    Isaiah 65:21-23
    And they will certainly build houses and have occupancy; and they will certainly plant vineyards and eat [their] fruitage. They will not build and someone else have occupancy; they will not plant and someone else do the eating. For like the days of a tree will the days of my people be; and the work of their own hands my chosen ones will use to the full. They will not toil for nothing, nor will they bring to birth for disturbance; because they are the offspring made up of the blessed ones of Jehovah, and their descendants with them.

  2. yes as long as you ask for forgiveness of your sins,try following the 10 commandments and reading the 8 beatitudes

  3. The only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ.If you have received Him then you are saved.
    However,true Christians have the desire to go to church.

  4. Technically all you have to do is to get saved, and you’re in, if your heart is in the right place. We, however, are supposed to pray and talk to others about it. No, you do not have to go to church.

  5. Well . . . perhaps . .. .
    let me tell you this way.
    Your finger is alive . . .part of your body
    If you cut your finger off, it is part of you, but not attached at the moment. You RUSH to the hospital, where they re-attach it to the body. Two months later, your finger moves just like before and is just fine.
    What would happen to your finger, . . . . . .. . . . . . if you did NOT sew it back in the hand?
    It would rot . . . it would die . . .
    Same with you, and the church. GOD added you to the “body of Christ” (the church). When you are cut off from it . .. you begin to die.
    Dan in Miami

  6. The short answer, yes. All those who belong to Christ belong to the universal church, the body of believers. Attending a physical brick and mortar building may be beneficial to some, but it is no way a requirement. Thanks for asking and good luck on your journey.

  7. Yes I think you can. I’m a college student I never go to church. And somtimes I feel closer to god than I have been in many years. It matters whats in your heart.

  8. I am so glad that you are a believer. No one in here can really answer this question and if so they need ask God to step down so they can do his job. I am not the final judge and I am very glad for this.
    I do, however, hope that now that you are a strong believer and have had a spiritual awakening that you continue to grow in your newly found faith in both your understanding and practice.
    The Bible makes very clear that being a disciple of Christ means that you belong. You belong to God and you belong to a community of believers, that is the Church. God wants to do His will on this Earth through the Church. Who is the Church? That is you and I! Its not about attending a certain building but about being part of a community that works together in glorifying and serving God.

  9. What We Must Do to Be Saved
    WHY do we need to be saved? Because all of us suffer the disastrous consequences of sin: imperfection, pain, sickness, grief, and finally death. The apostle Paul explained that this is so because our forefather Adam rebelled against God’s law. Paul wrote: “Through one man [Adam] sin entered into the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned.” (Romans 5:12) Why did Adam’s sin cause death to spread to all men? Really, this was because of the natural outworking of things.
    When Adam sinned, he was condemned to death in accord with divine law. This was both just and necessary. It was just, for life is not a right but a gift from God. By sinning deliberately, Adam forfeited all claim to that gift. (Romans 6:23) Adam’s condemnation to death was necessary because nothing imperfect can be permitted to survive and pollute the universe indefinitely. Thus, when Adam sinned, he began to die and no longer possessed perfect, sinless life to hand on to his children as an inheritance. He could only give them life tainted with imperfection and sin.–Romans 8:18-21.
    We should not, however, forget that it is only because of God’s undeserved kindness that we have even the short existence that is our lot today. (Job 14:1) God was not obliged to allow Adam and Eve to have children before they died. He allowed them to do so in order to prove that some imperfect humans would support God’s sovereignty by keeping their integrity to him. God allowed this, too, because he knew that eventually he would redeem, or save, responsive descendants of those original rebels, Adam and Eve. How?
    Provision for Salvation
    Jehovah God could not simply set aside his righteous judgment. He cannot arbitrarily forget Adam’s original sin and all that mankind has added to it since then. If God were to ignore his own just laws, this would undermine respect for his whole system of justice and confidence in it. Imagine the outcry that would be heard if, because of some personal whim, a human judge arbitrarily allowed a criminal to go unpunished. However, a compassionate judge can appropriately arrange for a statutory fine to be paid on behalf of a guilty person by some other willing individual. This, in a way, is what God has done for us.
    Jehovah arranged for his own Son, Jesus Christ, to give his perfect human life in place of the perfect life forfeited by Adam. Jesus willingly carried the penalty for our sins–death. (Isaiah 53:4, 5; John 10:17, 18) The Bible says: “The Son of man came . . . to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many.” (Matthew 20:28; 1 Timothy 2:6) No one else could do this. Jesus was unique in that he was born without sin and remained a perfect, sinless human right up to his death. (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22) His faithfulness to death made it possible for him to pay the statutory penalty for our sins.
    Remember, though, that God, the Supreme Judge, is under no obligation to free everyone. He views Jesus’ sacrificed perfect human life as the payment of the debt we owe for sin. But Jehovah God will not apply this to unrepentant, unappreciative, willful sinners. Instead of offering some kind of general amnesty or universal salvation, the Bible sets out conditions that must be met if we are to be saved from the effects of inherited sin.
    Requirements for Salvation
    So, then, what is required for salvation? The prime requirement is the one that the apostle Paul stated to the Philippian jailer: “Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will get saved.” (Acts 16:31) Heartfelt acceptance of the shed blood of Jesus is essential if we are going to be saved. And what will salvation mean for us? Jesus indicated the answer when he said: “I give them everlasting life, and they will by no means ever be destroyed.” (John 10:28) For most, salvation will mean everlasting life on an earth restored to paradisaic perfection. (Psalm 37:10, 11; Revelation 21:3, 4) In the case of a “little flock,” however, it will mean ruling with Jesus in his heavenly Kingdom.–Luke 12:32; Revelation 5:9, 10; 20:4.
    Some suggest that belief in Jesus is the end of the matter. “There is just one thing that any one needs to do to get to heaven,” says one religious tract. “That is, to accept Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour, surrender to Him as Lord and Master, and openly confess Him as such before the world.” Thus, many believe that a sudden, emotional conversion experience is all we need in order to guarantee everlasting life. However, to concentrate on only one essential requirement for salvation to the exclusion of the others is like reading one crucial clause in a contract and ignoring the rest.
    This becomes more evident when we listen to the comments of some who at one time thought that professing belief in Jesus was all that was needed to be saved. Bernice says: “I was raised in the Brethren Church, but I came to wonder why, if everlasting life is dependent solely on Jesus, he himself sai

    • well to me if you give your life to god then you save but it best to go to church in be filled with the word . some of us say that preacher dont know what he talking bout but you save you should no what god word say your answeris yes but god want us to go to church to lift him up and give him glory

  10. anything is possible, why take the chance maybe on judgement day jesus will be like all your life you believed in me and its now at judgement day is when want to know me… too late

  11. The Most High does not require you believing He is – He requires that you KNOW!
    The letter ‘J’ didn’t exist until 1349. There is no ‘jesus’.
    There is no commandment that requires you to go to church on Sunday, which is not the Sabbath – even though it is treated like a Sabbath.

  12. there is only one way to get to heaven and that’s by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ into you heart and making Him the lord if you life, believing that He died in the cross and rose again. going to church won’t effect your going to heaven but if you really have been saved the Lord will probably burden your heart to go to church. Although everyone is different, some ppl are scared and it may take them a while to start going to church, or maybe they’re more comfortable going to a small group bible study………….. the most important thing is to have a close relationship with Christ walk in the Spirit and let Christ guide your every step!

  13. One of the marks of a Christian is their love for other Christians. It seems strange to me that you are saved but do not desire the fellowship of like-minded people.

  14. You don’t even need to believe in God and Jesus to cross over and go Home. God is not a bigot with low self-esteem.

  15. That might depend on why you never attend church. The bible says that we should not forsake the assembling together of ourselves with fellow believers. We need spiritual fellowship in one way or another. It doesn’t have to be in a fancy church building. It could be in someone else’s home for example but we are not meant to be loners.

  16. If you truly believe in god and read the bible, follow what the bible says, you will be fine, but it does say in the bible to be around other christians and participate in church. But overall if you truly believe in god and asked him into your heart you will never lose your spot in heaven.
    hope this helps
    all the best wishes.

  17. “Jesus went to synagogue every 7th day sabbath, as it was his custom.”
    Luke 4:16-20 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

  18. NO.Hebrews10:24,25 also John17:3,of-course this question would best be answered by having a systematic study of the Bible.Please contact your local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses or http://www.watchtower.org,& a qualified babtized minister will be available at a time & place of your choosing.

  19. As a matter of fact Jesus did go to the temple quite often as was custom in those days. But Jesus also said, the day will come when man will worship God in spirit and truth. If you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior And repent of your sins, You ARE Saved. make him the number one focus in your life, trusting and having faith in Him And what he did at the Cross, thus giving the Holy Spirit latitude to work in your life, and you wont worry about whether or not you are going to heaven, because He will give you peace that passes all understanding, and you will know for Sure!!!

  20. THE CRITERIA FOR GOING TO HEAVEN DOES NOT HINGE ON GOING TO CHURCH , IT IS ABOUT BEING BORN AGAIN ,,LIVING AN OBEDIENT LIFE TO JESUS AND HAVING OUR NAME WRITTEN IN THE LAMBS BOOK OF LIFE !!
    ALTHOUGH ONES CHANCES OF HEARING GODS WORD THAT PROMPS US INTO HEARING GOD SPEAK TO OUR HEART IS PRETTY SLIM ,,OUTSIDE A CHURCH THAT SPEAKS THE TRUE WORD OF GOD !!!
    THE WORLD OUTSIDE OF CHURCH HAS LITTLE TIME FOR JESUS !!!
    EDIT,,,, AND YES JESUS WENT TO CHURCH OTHER THEN THE TIME HE CHASED THE PEOPLE OUT !!!,,,
    NINJA GRAPE JUICE ….

  21. ABSOLUTELY! You should fellowship with other christians but you don’t have to ‘go to church’ to do that!
    Living in a doghouse doesn’t make you a dog does it? Going to church doesn’t make you a christian; in fact I think a lot of peeps that go to church aren’t really saved.
    God bless.

  22. No, the bible says “forsake not the assembling of yourselves together”.
    And you must also live according to the Word of God and obey His Word in its fullness in order to be saved.
    Hebrews 10:25 (King James Version)
    25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
    1 Corinthians 1:21
    For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
    Hearing preaching (at church) will save you.
    Read and obey the Word of God… it’s the only way to be saved.
    And God is Jesus – there is only one…not two or three.
    Deuteronomy 6:4
    Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

  23. Only Jehovah God knows the heart (your attitude and motivation.) He and only he decides he gets eternal death or everlasting life.
    (John 17:3) This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ.
    We offer free home bible studies. Talk with us when we knock. What do you have to lose?

  24. This is sort of like saying “I love being a solder, but I never joined the Army.”
    I applaud you considering yourself a Christian, but to stick with the military analogy, you’re still a patriotic 19 year old standing outside the recruiting office. That’s great and well and good, and everyone is proud of you (seriously, not being sarcastic at all) but you are a long way from the point where people call you Colonel and jump to attention when you walk into a room.
    (Maybe a better analogy would be to say there is a big difference between going on a first date and going on your honeymoon.)
    Christianity is NOT about “I’m OK, You’re OK”. It’s more like “You’re F’d up, God can help.” It is a very challenging religion. It is meant o be. Christ said “Sell all you have and give it to the poor” not “Sell your under-performing stocks and give that to the poor, you will get most of it back as a tax deduction anyway.” Christ says lots of really RADICAL things like “Bless those that curse you”, and He means it.
    Christianity is about moving OUTSIDE of your comfort zone. Putting REAL faith in Christ DEMANDS that you move outside of your comfort zone. It’s not faith if you are safe.
    When you are a solitary Christian, you can’t do that. As Dr. House says “Everyone lies”…and most of our worst lies are ones we tell ourselves. Christian faith needs to be challenged if it is going to grow, and that challenge has to come from without.
    So I don’t want to sound harsh, but there is a very good reason Christ and the Church require that you be in a community of believers. Not just to support you when times are rough, but to provide you with opportiunites to minister to each other, and to challenge you take your faith in new directons.
    Now you probably have a rather poor view of Church. That’s not suprising if you are A) In the UK where most churches are dead or B) in the US and only get your ideas of Church from TV.
    There are crappy churches out there, and I wouldn’t recomend you go to one. I’ve been a churches where how much the Pastor cared about you was a function of how expensive your car was (this is also the same pastor who was cheating on his wife with a parishoner). I’ve been to churches where it was all about “I’m here because the Pope said I have to be and I am going to do this a fast as I possibly can so I can get home to watch the football game” and that was the Priest that had that attitude. I’ve heard of churches where people only went for the Sunday brunch because they served Mimosas and they had people driving home from Church getting DWIs.
    If all churches were like that, I’d tell you not to go to church.
    Fortunately they aren’t. There are good churches out there. You find youself a good one and it changes your life.
    Given the time zones, you are either at home in the UK, in which case I’d recomend a church like this one http://www.htb.org.uk/ or possibly in the US in which case I’d recomend a church like this one http://www.fotw.org/
    Bottom line… if you dont’ get involved in a good church, I’d bet good money your faith won’t last a year, you find a good church, you will have a whole new better life.

  25. I just left a church because of lack of Jesus and God I feel like I m self can do more for others out side of church I wont go and Suport another birck walled church so many fake prophets getting paid for what they should do for free no need to go be fake I’m just thanking God for letting me be me and giving me the eyes and mind to know his word and understanding his vision. I will do God’s work with out a bricked walled church my church is the God the father Jesus the son and the holy ghost. And me and my children and friends and family who all come together and reason we make God first and keep his commandments Ans we help others with the money that would be paying for walls and some one to preach a word we feed homeless we save lives we heal others we pray we stay studying the word of God and have Bible lessons God has a place for everyone and mine is not behind close doors mine is in the plane sight if the world so everyone can see God’s light shine

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