March 11

Cast all of your cares…all your anxieties and distress, all your fears and worries, all your concerns and burdens…once and for all upon Me, for I am continually thinking about you and watching over you with love and compassion in everything that touches your life. [Father God…1 Peter 5:7]

Letter to an unbeliever…

Continuing with my March 29th Forum presentation…there are 100 different opinions as to what happens after death.  That being the case, there are 2 overriding questions everyone needs to consider concerning life’s single most important question, “What happens after death?”…

1] What is the source for your opinion; on what are you basing your opinion?  Is your opinion your “gut feeling?”  Is it based on supporting written documentation underlying all that its teaching embraces?  How authoritative and reliable is the source…the author of the written documentation?

2] What are the consequences to you if your opinion is wrong, and someone else’s opinion is the right one?

My opinion is based on what the Bible teaches about existence after death…an eternal existence in either one of 2 neighborhoods…Heaven or Hell.  Heaven is a place of eternal bliss together with God; Hell is a place of eternal, intense, and unceasing torment in a blazing lake of fire, together with Satan and his demonic beings.  Which neighborhood I will live in for all eternity is not based on merit, but rather solely and only based on relationship with Jesus the Christ.

The authority claimed by the Bible is that it was written by God Himself through selected chosen human authors, who wrote what He revealed to them, and is therefore entirely without error [infallible].  The Bible was written over a period of time from 2,000-3,500 years ago, and year after year is always on the best seller list.  No other source on this subject of “what happens after death” claims to be written by God Himself, has been in existence for anywhere near as long a period of time, and continually year after year outsells every other book.  There is literally nothing like it in all the world.  It has shaped every facet of the human experience: literature, the arts, law, education, science, politics, and human relations.  It is ancient, yet ever new.  No other belief system’s written documentation has influenced human experience down through the ages anywhere remotely near what the Bible has done.

The man…Jesus the Christ…claimed to be God Himself in the flesh, both fully human and fully Divine.  Jesus did not mince any words…He proclaimed clearly and beyond the shadow of any doubt that He was, in fact, God.  The religious leaders understood clearly that Jesus claimed to be God, and were determined to kill Him for blasphemy, “because You, a mere man, claim to be God.”  They eventually were able to carry out their determined purpose by having the Roman authorities crucify Him.

Here is the one Supreme, preeminent claim that separates the belief system based on the Bible from every other…all 99…belief systems.  No other belief system embraces a human being claiming to also be God Himself in the flesh.  Either Jesus is indeed God, Who He claimed to be, or He is not God.

Among the proofs that He was God is His resurrection from the dead.  This is an historical fact, written about by secular writers of His day apart from the Bible.  Also… the miracles Jesus performed, including raising people from the dead, has been attested to by secular writers of His day as well.

If Jesus was indeed God in human flesh, both fully human and fully Divine, then all that the Bible teaches is the Truth and without any error, because the Bible claims to be the Word of God and Jesus Himself is the Word of God.  If Jesus was not God… then the Bible is no different than the writings of the other 99 belief systems, and all bets are off. Take your pick…because no one, then, knows the actual Truth.

It comes down to this: What is the most important question to answer while you are still alive?  Was Jesus the Christ the Divine Son of God?  What is your opinion?  If yes… then the Bible is the only valid belief system.  If no…then take your pick; any of the 100 is just as good a guess as the others.

The only difference between you and I is…you have an opinion that you do not know whether it is true, and I have an opinion that I know is true because I have experienced its truth.  You have an opinion about Jesus based on what you have read about Him; I have an opinion about Jesus based on what I have personally experienced of Him [and written to you about for several months].  You know about Jesus like you would know about George Washington; I know Him personally.

Free gift of eternal life: Heaven is a free gift; it need not, and can not, be earned.  The gift is not an object, a thought, a theological concept, or a prayer.  The gift is a Person… Jesus the Christ.

There are only 3 choices when someone offers you a gift:
You can refuse to take it; reject it
You can ignore it
You can accept it and receive it.

God is the Captain of the ship coming to rescue you.  If you are out there in the middle of the ocean, shipwrecked, clinging to a piece of wood trying to survive the wind and the waves threatening to engulf you, nothing but ocean as far as the eye can see…you know beyond the shadow of any doubt there is no hope for you unless someone comes to your rescue.  Then off in the distance you see a speck on the horizon, coming toward you, and you see that it is a ship.  As you frantically wave your arm that they would see you, hope wells up in you as you realize they do see you!  As the ship pulls near you, the Captain of the ship…God Himself…throws a life preserver to you.  But you ignore the life preserver and push it away, as you continue to thrash about in the water.  So God the Captain reels in the life preserver and throws it out again to you.  Again, you ignore it and push it away.  The Captain keeps on reeling it in and casting it back out to you, but you keep on refusing to take hold of it…until finally, you sink into the waters of the ocean and drown. That life preserver is Jesus the Christ.  If you drown, was it the Captain who caused you to drown?  No…He was trying to save you!  And if you sink down into Hell, was it the Captain who sent you there?  No…He was trying to save you, but you wouldn’t have it… you refused to take hold of the life preserver Jesus the Christ!

If you were to die tonight, do you know where you will be for all eternity?  Only 1 of these 100 belief systems allows you the right to choose your eternal destiny…Heaven or Hell…here and now, with absolute certainty beyond the shadow of any doubt.  You can choose your eternal destiny right now and know at this moment, for sure, beyond the shadow of any doubt, in which neighborhood you will be after death.

Friends, brothers and sisters…

There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell.  You must be a born-again child of God.  I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom.  I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]

If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”  

All creatures of our God and King:

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