“When I die, I’m going to ask God….”
Actually, when you die and come face to face with God, you will be unable to speak. You will ask Him nothing. You will just fall to the ground in abject terror and mouth the words,
“Woe is me! Woe is me! For I have sinned greatly,”
but not a sound will emerge from your mouth until God says, “Speak!”
We know this to be true from the Biblical accounts of godly people who have experienced God in His glory. It is unimaginable how much more terrifying it will be for the ungodly! Read more…
Do you have fond memories of spending time as a small child with that special person such as your favorite uncle or aunt, your grandma or grandpa?
Do you remember playing with them – perhaps playing ball, or cooking, or exploring in the woods – doing something special that you did with no one else?
Do you remember the special name you had for that favorite person, and the special name he had for you?
Do you remember looking forward to those days, wanting to be with them, savoring every moment – and then the sadness of the parting, the tears?
That, my dear friends, is a taste of Heaven here on earth. Read more…
This post is a follow-up of “The Restaurant”, and contains God’s personal explanation for the continued existence of evil in this world.
This is the explanation provided by Jesus, the Son of God, in the form of a parable:
The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
The owner’s servants came to him and said, “Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?”
“An enemy did this,” he replied.
The servants asked him, “Do you want us to go and pull them up?”
“No,” he answered, “because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.” (Mat 13:24-30)
Jesus subsequently interprets the parable:
He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. (Mat 13:37-43)
God wants to share His eternal joy and fellowship forever in Heaven with all men. That’s why He created mankind in the first place and sowed the good seed. But the enemy corrupted the field through evil. God could destroy all evil today, but doing so might create the potential of some people being denied an opportunity for eternal joy and fellowship in Heaven with God. Therefore God chooses to wait until the fullness of time to judge and destroy evil, lest He miss one soul.
God demonstrated this same exact characteristic in the case of Sodom. God decided to destroy Sodom, but Abraham negotiated with God who agreed to not destroy the city if even 10 righteous people could be found. (Gen 18:23-33) Of course 10 righteous people could not be found in the city, and the city was destroyed.
Now consider this: If God had judged all evil 200 years ago then you, the reader, would not have been born and would not have been given the opportunity to obtain a blessing of eternal life in Heaven. God is holding back His judgment because He wanted YOU to have that opportunity!
The Bad News
In Heaven everyone will have such an intimate relationship with God that eternity in Heaven would be unbearable for anyone who doesn’t love Him. Jesus describes this intimate relationship as
… I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. (Joh 14:20)
Jesus also states unequivocally that He is God in the flesh:
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (Joh 14:9)
Therefore eternity in Heaven would be unbearable for all who reject Jesus Christ now, and God – through Jesus – will graciously oblige those people by keeping them out of Heaven. After all, they rejected God himself when they rejected Jesus Christ. Hence eternity in their company would be unbearable!
The bad news is that the only available alternative to Heaven is eternal weeping and gnashing of teeth in Hell. Furthermore, because of our sinful nature we are all automatically excluded from Heaven and destined for Hell – unless some action is taken now. Moreover there is nothing we can do about it ourselves because everything we offer to God is like filthy rags. (Isa 64:6)
The Good News
But all is not lost. There is Good News: Jesus Christ graciously and freely offers everyone an opportunity to join Him in Heaven. Everyone is eligible, no matter what evil acts one has committed. All one has to do is
- Make a personal choice to repent and turn from evil ways,
- Believe that Jesus speaks the truth, is who He claims to be, and
- Have faith that He will make good on His promises.
He does the rest. It’s that simple. Now that is Good News, indeed!
So, what’s keeping you from repentance and Jesus? There is no better time than right now.
Many individuals complain about God. They say, “God doesn’t really give me a real choice. On the one hand is eternity in Heaven, on the other is eternity in Hell. The two options He gives me are such ridiculously polar opposites that Hell isn’t even a realistic choice. It’s not a true choice. Only a controlling, power-crazed God would force such a ridiculous choice on people.”
All is not as it looks. Read more…
An explanation of why God allows evil in this world…
A man went to a restaurant that advertised, “Huge buffet, all you can eat for free!” Read more…
In “The Toxic Lie” we examined the issue whether “What you see is all there is” and concluded that there is more to this world than we can see. When we think of the “world we can see”, we generally think of our physical Universe of three spatial dimensions and tend to forget about the fourth: Time.
We are born, we live, and we die locked in time. We are but a flash in the Universe. But do we exist only in that brief moment, or is there more to our life than death? We will examine that topic in this post. Read more…