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Choosing Our Futures With God

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One of the great secrets to finding peace in life is realizing that we are creatures of limited choice, and choosing to use our choices well. We aren’t totally free, as some like to claim. We are primarily responders—things happen to us and we choose how we will respond. None of us chose to be born, for example. There was a day when we were simply thrust from the womb by forces which were beyond our control. None of us chose to grow—our bodies acted of their own accord, elongating and developing without any sign-off from us. We did not choose our human guardians. We do not choose to see, hear, and taste. We do not choose so many of our emotional reactions: fear, anger, falling in love. In life, experiences are constantly being thrust upon us by a God who is greater than us. All we can do is identify when we have an actual choice available to us and then decide if we want to use those choices well or not. Read more of this post

Understanding God’s Justice: Inequality in Hell

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In eternity, humans will be judged by how their souls responded to God in this world. All believers are not equal. There are those who seek God wholeheartedly, such as David, Job, and permanently surrendered Christians today. And there are those who submit to God enough for Him to accept them into Heaven, but not enough to fully please Him. There will definitely be ranks and differing degrees of rewards in Heaven. But what about in Hell?

God’s judgment system will be the same for every soul. More will be expected from those who received more, and those who received more will be punished more severely for squandering what they had than those who received less. But to properly understand the ranks of Hell, we must keep a firm grip on the fact that external sins have nothing to do with who will suffer the most. As much as some people would like to believe that murderers and molesters will roast in hotter flames than liars and cheaters, this is simply not true. God will not judge us by our external actions, but by our soul’s response to Him. Whenever you find verses which make it sound like people are going to Hell based on their actions, you need to realize that spiritual rebellion is being assumed in all of these cases. No one is going to end up in Hell just because they were a pervert or because they killed someone. God is quite willing to forgive every sin we commit IF we are willing to reverentially submit to Hm. It is the refusal to submit to God’s Authority on HIS terms that lands us in Hell. Under the current Covenant, God’s terms are that we reverentially submit to all three of our Creators: Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. We must also recognize that Jesus atoned for our sins on the cross and agree that He is our only hope of being accepted by Yahweh. Jesus said “No one comes to the Father (Yahweh) except through Me.” If we reject this statement by deciding that we can find other creative ways of getting right with God without dealing with Jesus, then we’ll end up in Hell. Read more of this post

The Eternal Cost of Defying God: A Warning for Christians

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If God is so gracious, and if He’s willing to forgive all of our sins through Christ’s atonement, then why bother to obey Him at all after salvation? In fact, why rush into salvation? Why not just do what we want to do and then sob all over Jesus in our dying moment and get our free ticket out of Hell? Or, why not get saved now, then ignore God for the rest of our lives and reconnect with Him on the other side? After all, in Heaven, the rebels will get the same prize as the obedient, right? Since Jesus has atoned for ALL of our sins, it’s all good, right? If God looks at us and sees the righteousness of Christ, then we might as well take advantage of His happy glasses and wallow in our lusts until the day we die. When we get to Heaven, we can continue to live for ourselves because we’re the ones God made Heaven for, right? Isn’t the whole point of Heaven to make humans feel like they’re in a blissful paradise? Read more of this post

Will all Christians be equal in Heaven?

Will all Christians be equal in Heaven?

Will all Christians be equal in Heaven? Certainly not. Heaven is not at all the difference canceling place we’re often taught to expect. In Heaven, the consequences of the spiritual choices we made on earth will be unveiled. God will reward us according to how we responded to the illumination He gave us on earth.

Not everyone receives the same level of insight from the Holy Spirit. Down here it’s rather obvious when someone has been endowed with an extra measure of spiritual insight, faith, love, etc. Everyone assumes that these people have an advantage over everyone else, and that they must be some kind of favorites to God. However these people do not have an advantage—they have a responsibility. Every soul down here has been given some measure of illumination by God. The quantity isn’t important. What matters to God is how you personally responded to what you were given. Read more of this post