Perhaps you just really don’t care about eternal life at this time.
Perhaps you don’t believe such a thing exists.
Perhaps you are young and think you have your whole life ahead of you and you just want to do what you want to do for now and you will think about the after life later.
Perhaps, the subject just doesn’t come up much. Why bother?
Well, one day, all humankind will care intensely about eternal life. When you find yourself standing in line before the Lord and he is directing traffic either to his left or to his right, believe me, you will want to be among those who are directed to the right (that’s the direction to eternal life).
But here’s the thing. If you haven’t gotten this eternal life issue settled before you find yourself in that line, you are out of luck. Once you die, and by the way young person who thinks his whole life is before him/her, all options are off the table. No one knows when they are going to die. It happens at any moment and so this eternal thingy is a decision that really should not be put off. Again, I say, once you die, all options are taken off the table.
So why wouldn’t you be interested in eternal life? My belief in eternal life does not cause it to materialize. Disbelief in eternal life does not make it go away. It exists despite what you or I may think, or wish or make up. Eternal life exists because of God.
And of course, the options are:
Eternal Life or Eternal death
The stakes could not be higher.
Guess what? God does not want anybody to be directed to the left (eternal punishment) but the sad fact is, the majority of humanity will pass through the gate that lead there.
Now, nobody likes these concepts: Hell, torment, punishment, perish, lake of fire, scorched tongue, darkness, gnashing of teeth, weeping, especially since it is permanent and can’t be changed; not once you are dead. The time to get eternal life in place is now, while you are still on the right side of the dirt (not dead & buried).
This subject is so unpopular that preachers and churches have stopped talking about it. I’ll grant you that in the early part of the last century, Hellfire and damnation type speeches were common and perhaps over done but how can you over do warning someone of impending doom when you know it exists. Still the shouting and pounding style of delivery put people off and the very important subject matter was largerly dismissed by society.
Please don’t react incorrectly to the notion that there is such a place as Hell and think that God must be awfully cruel. You forget, God does not want anyone to perish and he has made the supreme sacrifice of leaving his Son on a cruel cross to atone for our sins (sins that keep us out of Heaven). And all of us are incapable to gain entrance into heaven on our own merit. No matter how good we are, our goodness is not sufficient to secure us a place in Heaven. Only Christ can get us in. God did not rescue his Son from the cross; why? So that our rebellions and sins would be atoned for and we could be allowed into Heaven. We would be allowed to enter without violating the strict dictates of God’s pure justice. How does that work? God is not only love but he is justice also. Justice requires to be satisfied (injustice must be atoned for -which requires a blood sacrifice). God is not soft on crime or injustice. In order to forgive our infractions of his holy law, atonement had to be made and none of us have enough capital in our bank to pay the penalty. So God had to do it himself by sending his Son to shed his innocent blood to atone for us. The devil cannot accuse God of being unjust when he made the supreme sacrifice of leaving his son on the cross, shedding his blood to cover our offenses.
Thanks to God’s love, we can have our names written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life, be saved, redeemed, born again, reconciled, regenerated and be a new creature in Christ. These are all terms that refer to that life changing relationship with God called salvation, made possible because a soul places its faith in His plan for saving us.
Scroll up to the navigation menu above and click on the other buttons to find out more about this eternal life and death struggle you are in. Click on the menu items, What? How? Etc. God wants you to live forever.
IN REVIEW: to find verses in the Bible, it is important to know how to read their reference or their address as it were. Verses are listed first by the name of the book, for instance John. Then the chapter is listed, for example chapter, 6. Then the number of the verse is listed, number 47 for instance. So it would look like this: John 6:47 book, chapter:verse.
Here is a list of the books of the New Testament in the order in which they appear:
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians, I Timothy, II Timothy. Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, I Peter, II Peter, I John, II John, III John. Jude, Revelation.