I encourage you to read the whole message, then think what you want, but at least, read it all. You know I don’t want to be before the throne of God and then you will see me … and I can’t imagine someone telling me (at that time), “You knew about it and you didn’t tell me …” So, I’m telling you now … Read it carefully!
Let’s bring back the subject of Hell. It’s been a while now. I know some may not want to agree with it, but still, if you believe in God and in the Bible, then the Bible teaches CLEARLY the doctrine of Hell, as you can see in the following Scriptures (Matthew 3:10, 5:22,29-30 7:19, 10:28, Matthew 13:40-42,50, 18:8-9, 24:50-51, 25:41,46, Mark 9:43-47, Luke 3:9, Luke 16:22-24, Jean 15:6, Hebrews 12:29, 2 Peter 2:4, 3:7, Revelation 14:10, 19:20, 20:10,15, 21:8).
I don’t want to put condemnation on you, but I believe this to be true and, as a Christian, I also believe that I have a duty to tell you and everybody else that if you don’t repent of (ie. turn away from) your sins, you’ll go to hell. I don’t like to put some kind of “fear” on people, but if I don’t, WHO WILL tell you the truth (Matthew 28:19-20)!!!
If people agree or not … this is not important to me. I want to follow the truth and I believe the Bible to be THE TRUTH (John 17:17). If you don’t agree with me, you have a right to that, but can you tell me what wrong did Jesus do to be put on the cross??? Can you find it in the Bible???
Most people take the Bible as a “buffet” (smorgasbord). They pick what they want and reject what they don’t want. It’s not like this. You take it ALL or you don’t take it at all … God is love (1 John 4:16), but we have to remember that He’s also a just God. Would you let the unjust (murderer, thief, etc.), have the same judgment as the righteous one?
If God wouldn’t judge, then He wouldn’t be a just God, for He would not judge the evil ones. So because He is a just God He has to judge according to a standard.
God didn’t want anybody to go to Hell. Anyhow, He prepared that place for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). Because of Adam’s disobedience, sin, sickness and death entered this world. If we don’t repent of our sins and ask God for forgiveness, then we’re heading directly to Hell.
That is why Jesus came to the earth. Jesus came to pay the penalty for our sins, but still we have to accept what He did that we might receive what He wants to give us, which is eternal life in Heaven. It looks so simple, yet nobody wants to do it! They want to go to Heaven “their way”! The thing is that God is the judge and He sets the rules, so if you don’t follow His rules, you end up in Hell …
By the way, I don’t deserve to go to Heaven. Actually, nobody deserves it. I freely confess, I am not superior or better than anybody else. We ALL need to repent and humble ourselves before God. But one thing I know is that NOW I KNOW without a doubt that I will go to Heaven because I have trusted in Christ as my personal Lord and Savior!
It’s not because I’m a good guy (there’s none righteous before God, Romans 3:9-10,19-20), or because I attend a church (Hebrews 10:25), or because I read my Bible (Joshua 1:8) or because I pray (Ephesians 6:18), though ALL these things are good in themselves and I DO practice them ALL.
The point is: have you repented of (i.e. given up, yielded over to God, let go of, etc.) your sins? If not, you’re on your way to hell. I’m telling the truth in love. I tell you this because I love you (“Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Proverbs 27:5-6).
I prefer to have a friend that will tell me the truth that I don’t want to hear at the moment and be changed for the better, than a “friend” who’s always telling me that everything I do is okay, as long as I feel okay doing it. This way, in the long term, I might think I’m doing good, but yet I’m good in MY own EYES, but not everybody would agree with me, and if everyone would know how we truly are when no one looks at us, would we be that “good” after all? I don’t think so!
The Bible said: “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12. I might “think” I’m okay, but based on what standard? We’re all different and we all think differently, so, for one, something may be good; for the other one, it’s evil – and vice versa. That’s why God gave us the Bible that we might have a common ground to check if we’re “good” or not.
The Bible also talks about ourselves. Some people say that they can trust their own hearts, in other words, they say they can always trust that “feeling” inside of them! Let’s see what a prophet says about the heart of man, “Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:5,9.
With these verses, God’s word is clear, we CANNOT trust ourselves, or our feelings. “Why not?” you may ask. It’s because we don’t have good things inside of us. As someone says: “We don’t teach children to do bad, they do it by themselves, we teach them to do good because the evil is in them.”
Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:34b that: “…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” We speak out what we have in the inside of us, or in other words what’s in our hearts. But, you may ask, “what’s in my heart?” Let’s see what the Bible tells us about it!
Jesus is talking: “And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” Mark 7:20-23.
That’s what’s in our heart. That’s why we can’t trust it! You can be judged in 2 ways: by the law (including the ten commandments), or by being IN CHRIST. If someone is a Christian he is IN CHRIST, he’s not under the law. If you’re NOT a Christian, then you are under the law, you have to follow the law, for you’re under the condemnation of the law. If you miss one, it’s as though you missed them all. An easy question, “Did you ever lie?” If yes, then you’re condemned to Hell and it’s only one of the ten commandments (if you want to read them all, go to Exodus 20:3-17).
You might say, “But I’m a good person and I pray to God!” Look at Jesus’s answer: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21. It’s not because someone talks to God that God hears him/her (Isaiah 1:15).
In the last book, the book of Revelation, the Bible talks about our heart, it’s like a door (Revelation 3:20). If I’m on the other side of a door and I want to talk to you, I will say something like this: “Open the door, I want to talk to you!” Yet, we all know that I can speak to you through the door, but it’s not the same when we speak to someone face-to-face.
This is exactly what God wants to do with us. He wants to speak to us “face-to-face” in a way. He wants to talk to us, and us to Him, as a friend would do (John 15:14-15). He’s not a God that cannot be reached. He came to the earth in the person of Jesus, so that we’ll see what He wants from us.
He showed that he loved us and that He cared for us. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. (See also 1 John 3:16).
If you’re in Christ, you’re safe!