Monday, November 11, 2013

Hell and Jesus - What's Your Choice?
So what will you do with Jesus?  He made some extraordinary claims that, if honestly  considered, can ONLY lead to four possible conclusions:


  • Jesus was a Liar  (In John 14:6 Jesus said He is the way, the truth the life.  No one comes to the Father, except through Him. Consider His words and His actions.  Did His actions contradict or confirm what He said?)                                           
  • Jesus was a Lunatic. (Consider the consistency of His life and His teachings. Can you honestly conclude that He was delusional or insane?)
  • Jesus was a Legend.  (Too much proof to deny the historical Jesus, unlike Paul Bunyan and his ox, Babe! )
  • OR Jesus is Lord.     If true, then…
 Whatever your conclusion / choice, you can be certain that God will honor it.   So it is up to YOU; 
  • Not your parents – God does not have any grandchildren. 
  • Not the church you may attend or its teachings – a church can only point the way.
  • Not you being a member or being raised in a certain religion – God is not interested in the labels we place on ourselves.
  • Not your friends – God does recognize associations / acquaintances. 
You have either been adopted as one of His Sons or Daughters or you have not.  There is no middle ground, wiggle room or gray area here.

In summary, consider once again the two passages of the Bible this response began with, but this time personalize it – insert you own name in the blanks:
            “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that if _________ believes in
             Him  He/She will not perish but have eternal life.  God did not send His Son into the world
             to condemn it, but to save it.  There is no judgment awaiting those who trust Him.  But
             those who do not trust Him have already been judged for not believing in the only Son of
             God.  Their judgment is based on this fact:  The light from heaven came down into the
             world, but they loved darkness more than light, for their actions were evil.”     
             John 3:16-19  New Living Translation

            “The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise to return, as some people think. 
             No, He is being patient for __________’s sake.  He does not want ___________ to
             perish, so He is giving more time to repent.”      
             2 Peter 3:9  New Living Translation

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