Jesus asked life's most important question...
"Whom do men say that I am?"
How would you answer?
Since every person is equally accountable to God by how they answer this question, should it not be extremely important for you to provide an answer? Sure, a person can choose not to answer this crucial question by choosing to ignore it, but that in itself becomes an answer by failing to deal with your present condition at hand.
What is my present condition?
Your present condition is not good...
God, in His Word (the Bible), clearly considers our present condition to be one that is ruined, sinful and absolutely contrary to God and His holiness. That is, we are corrupted by sin in every area of life: our mind, emotions, and will. We think sinful thoughts, we feel sinful and guilty, and we choose to make wrong and sinful choices. Furthermore, we cannot change our condition no matter how hard we try. Jeremiah 13:23 says, "Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil."
What does that mean?
Our sin has seperated us from God
Since we are sinful beings, God has determined that death (seperation from Himself) is necessary as a just payment for our sinfulness. Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin (the payment or penalty) is death (eternal death)." This death means seperation from God in hell for all eternity (Luke 16:24-25). By sinning we have earned death.
You might question and argue...
"But I try to keep the ten commandments..."
"I'll turn from my sin and stop sinning..."
"I go to church and give money..."
"I try to live a good life and do my best..."
Will doing these things make you perfect?
The answer is, No.
Trying to keep the ten commandments cannot save us (James 2:10). Being sorry for your sins or confessing your sins cannot take away sin. Good works and behavior cannot save you (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Even doing your best, no matter how commendable, still cannot make a person perfect.
Since Heaven is a perfect place and you must be perfect to enter. The Bible says, "And there shall in no wise enter into it (Heaven) any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life" Revelation 21:27