Monday, March 27, 2017

World view vs Biblical view pt7

     Is your viewpoint worldly or Biblical?  People in general tend to think that being a good person qualifies them for Heaven.  The world says, "I'm a good person, therefore, God won't send me to hell."  They think that God is responsible for where they will spend eternity, and not the life choices that they have made.  They think that it's only the truly "wicked" people of the world that are condemned.  They think that if they do their best, if they are "good", and if they keep some of the commandments, they will make it to Heaven. They also rationalize their behavior and try to compare themselves to others.  They think that if they aren't as bad as the guy down the street who sells drugs to kids, or aren't like murderers and rapists, or they aren't wicked, then they will be ok for eternity.
     Unfortunately for them, God has other ideas about "good" and "wicked" people.  First of all, "good" won't cut it with God.  Secondly, keeping some of the commandments is not enough.  The Bible says that, "Whoever shall keep the whole law and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all" (James 2:10).
     To God, one sin is just as bad as five hundred sins.  One sin is just as bad as the next sin; other than the sin of blasphemy.  Therefore, you must strive to remain sinless in all areas, not just the ones you think are the "bad" ones.  You won't be able to be sinless, even though you are redeemed, but you must strive towards that mark.  Jesus left us the example to follow on how to live.
     The world is right about on area of their thinking though.  God doesn't want to send you to hell, but that's a choice you make when you choose to reject Jesus as your Savior.  The Bible says that God is not "willing that any should perish, but...come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).  Which means that God wants you to choose Jesus.
     God's Word clearly tells us that all will be "judged according to their works," and that "anyone not found written in the Book of Life," will be "cast into the lake of fire" (Revelation 20:12, 15).
     Choose life, not death.  It's a choice we all must make.
     Take time to pray to God and choose life.

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