The first truth is that there are two paths you can go by in life. One leads to heaven, the other to hell. Consider the following quote:
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (The words of Jesus in Matthew's gospel, chapter 7 and verses 13-14 in the Bible).
In other words, you are either on a narrow path to eternal life (a stairway to heaven) or a broad path to eternal hell (a highway to hell)! While the song, Stairway to Heaven doesn’t tell you how to get to heaven, the central person in the song is a lady who is “buying a stairway to heaven". It raises the question: Can you buy your way into heaven? Is there something imperfect people can do to earn their way into a perfect heaven?
Here’s a thought: if you could buy your way into heaven, by giving money to the Church or whatever, then heaven would not be worth going to! Why, because if you could buy your way into heaven, it would no longer be heaven. It would be an unholy place filled with corrupt people and a corrupt god. Sounds more like hell. God’s moral standards would also mean nothing in this life and the world would have already gone to hell by now. Furthermore, if God accepted bribes into heaven he would have no moral basis on which to condemn anyone to eternal hell. Thankfully, God is not like that.
As another famous song says, “Money won’t buy you love”, least of all, God’s love!
Now while you cannot buy your way into heaven, the Bible does say you can still store up for yourself treasures to enjoy once you get to heaven. That is definitely something worth looking into. While there is no spiritual stairway to heaven that you can buy shares in, you can however store up treasures in heaven by the good you do in this life, when those good works are done as an act of thankfulness and love to God. Put it this way, heaven itself is not a reward for good works but in heaven, God will reward the good works that are done by those who look to him for salvation in this life. More about how to do that in a moment.
You need to be sure about this, doing good works will not buy you one single step in any kind of spiritual stairway to heaven. The Bible makes this clear when it says that all our righteous acts are like filthy rags in the sight of God who alone is Holy, Pure, Perfect. For the person God has saved from their sins, good works are done out of obedience and thankfulness to God. It is THESE good works, that receive rewards, stored up now as treasures in heaven.
Now just like those who are saved can store up treasures in heaven through the good works which they do (out of love for and trust in God), those who are NOT saved can and do store up for themselves wrath on a day of judgement through their rebellion and unbelief towards God.
You can’t buy heaven but you can by your evil deeds, earn punishments in hell.
After speaking of the two paths you can go by in life, the song Stairway to Heaven says, “there's still time to change the road you're on." Then it adds, “Well I hope so!”