Last week, I discussed a popular belief that has been circulating, that “a loving God would never condemn anyone to hell”. This is not by any means a new belief, though it’s gotten new attention lately. This is also not the only thing you would find out there that questions or stands against biblical truth. Today I read an article on Time Magazine’s website claiming that men erased from the Bible the “facts” that God had a wife named Asherah.
There is no “original text” to produce, which could prove this is to be an accurate, or even possible claim- but it’s so easy for us to maybe believe something such as this, no? To make God more like us? To show that maybe he has faults? That he is not perfect? That he’s either not all-powerful, or he’s not all-loving? Then it would be easier for us to justify our own sinful lives. And we can pick and choose those pieces of the Bible that please us, and toss out that which makes us uncomfortable.
2 Timothy 4:3 says “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” And that is exactly what we are doing. And God will allow us to do just that . That is how much he loves us – enough to risk rejection by us, so that we might choose to love him of our own free will! Don’t think it doesn’t grieve him that we reject him. Don’t think our complete rejection of him doesn’t break his heart. Don’t think anyone who chooses hell, a complete separation from God, over eternal life with God the Father through his Son Jesus Christ, doesn’t matter to him, doesn’t crush him.
Revelation 3:20 says “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
Matthew 18:12-14 says “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.”
John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Yes, God loves us so much that he sent his son to die in our place. But why then doesn’t everyone get to go to heaven, if he sent his son for us?
A gift is only a gift if it is first given, second recieved. If we choose not to recieve it, it’s not our gift……..
I beg you, if you haven’t yet recieved this gift, to consider what is really on your heart about this. Why do you reject Jesus Christ? Don’t just chime in with your same old reason or excuse – really check your heart on this. Is it REALLY because you can’t find evidence to prove God exisits? Or are you afraid of looking like a fool before your friends? of what comes next – “do I have to change my entire life”? Of “admitting I was wrong”? Of <insert excuse here>? I get that, really I do. It’s humbling, scary, foreign – maybe even uncertain at first. This is not something you need to share with me, or anyone right now – but be honest with yourself. And you may just be surprised. I pray for so many of you, that you consider just how wide and how deep and how high the love of God is for you.
Love does win. He’s already won. It was won when Jesus, who was without sin, took on our sins (all of them), died on the cross and rose again. All glory, honor and prraise to the Lord Jesus Christ!