It is becoming increasingly alarming how many people that proclaim themselves Christians say things that are opposite of what the Bible believes. I have read so many things that grieve my heart in the last few days that Bible believing Christians should 'know'.
For instance: "They are such a good person. I know they say they don't believe in God the way I do, but how could God keep them out of heaven? I just know they will be there standing beside me when I get to heaven."
No, they won't. If they don't believe on Jesus for their salvation and profess Him crucified, buried, and resurrected then they will not be in heaven. God won't be keeping them out, they will have kept themselves out. The Bible, God's inerrant Word, states very clearly that the ONLY way to heaven is through Jesus Christ.
John 14:6 states it clearly:
"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Seems pretty clear to me. What about this one:
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'"
Being that I have family that proclaims to be atheist, this makes me very sad. But it is their choice. There are many Scripture that talk about this and explain it very clearly so how can we think otherwise?
There is only one way to heaven. One way to God. It is not a religion, a church, a pastor, or on our own. It is through the blood of Jesus Christ. And Him only.
That is just one of the many things I have been reading lately and it breaks my heart. When we try to interpret the Bible to mean what we want, we do no one any good. We might as well not even read it. Yes, I believe the Bible is to be taken literally. The earth was created in seven literal days bc it says so. The Bible is the most historically and archaeologically proven book, ever. Why would I not believe it? You may not believe it and that is your choice. But I refuse to water down it's life giving message to anyone just because it might offend them.
Honestly, sometimes it offends me because I don't want to admit that I need a Savior. I don't want to admit that I can not do it all or that I am not the end all-be all to everyone and everything. I am a vain, selfish person that wants what I want when I want it.
Where has that gotten me? In pain, in need, and friendless.
I choose to believe God and His Word. I will not alter it to fit man's needs or desires. (I will try anyway, I am but a sinful creature you know ;-) ) Yes, I know that not everyone believes as I do. That is their choice. But I firmly believe that if you are going to call yourself a Christian then you better behave like one and follow the teachings of the Bible. Don't pick and choose based on what you want and don't want.
Okay, I am done. I just couldn't hold it in any longer. More may follow, I don't know. I'm just fed up with people who say they believe one thing and then act, say, do another. And lest you think I am leaving myself out, I am not. I am chief among sinners and the worst of hypocrites. I struggle with this daily and strive to walk the talk. Daily. It doesn't always work and I have to apologize and try again.
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