You have sinned.
Sin is breaking God’s law (1 John 3:4). All sin is rooted in pride. When you sin, you are essentially saying that you don’t need to listen to what God says, that you know better than Him, and that you are the god of your own life.
Sin entered humanity through Adam in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-24) and every human has inherited a sin nature from him (Romans 5:12). We are guilty of sin from the moment of conception (Psalms 51:5). Every human that has ever lived has sinned (Romans 3:23) and continue to sin every day, every hour, every min for the entirety of their life. Even the good that we do in life appears as sin to God (Isaiah 64:6).
You have probably heard the saying, “The road to Hell was paved with good intentions,” that actually holds some truth to it. Not that there is an actual road to Hell paved or otherwise but that even our “good intentions” are coated in sin. We may intend on doing good & may even do good but even our intentions are tainted with pride, the expectation of a “payment.” We expect God to be pleased with us, to bless us, to give us what we desire. There is nothing we can do to earn God’s favor, blessing, or pleasure. The only wage we can ever expect to earn in this life is the wage of death (Romans 6:23).
You are condemned to eternal, conscious punishment in Hell.
The punishment for sin, even one sin, is eternity in Hell. This is not for a limited time but for all eternity. There is no hope of ever “burning off” your sins in order to leave Hell.
Hell is not a place where you will hang out with your friends or avoid those “annoying” Christians, it is a place of eternal torment (Revelation 20:15, Matthew 13:50).
There is no excuse for any sin; not “every one else does it,” “it’s just my nature,” “it’s how God made me,” or “I didn’t know.” Every single person is guilty and without excuse. (Romans 1:20).
God sent His only son to earth to pay the price of death those who would believe (John 3:16). Jesus is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. He is eternal. He was with God the Father before creation, at creation, and will always be (John 1:1-5). Our sin is so terrible that a perfect sacrifice had to be made (Hebrews 10:11:14). A sinless man, despite being impossible, would not have been enough to atone for the sins of all who would believe. Only God, Himself, would be an adequate sacrifice. Jesus lived a sinless life, was crucified, was buried, and raised on the third day for man’s sin. After Jesus’ resurrection, He walked the earth for 40 days proving His real resurrection and not just that he was a ghost (Acts 1:3). After 40 days, Jesus rose to Heaven to sit at the right hand of The Father interceding for those He saved (Mark 16:19, Romans 8:34).
How do we obtain Salvation?
Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8). There is nothing we can do to earn salvation (Ephesians 2:9); it is only a gift bestowed by God upon those whom He chooses (John 15:16, Ephesians 1:4-5). Faith is something granted by the Father and not something we can obtain by anything of our doing. The only thing that can be done is beg God for His forgiveness and ask Him to grant you faith. Repent and believe (Mark 1:15).
“Salvation is not a reward for the righteous, but a gift for the guilty.” — Dr. Steven Lawson