Posts Tagged ‘hell’

Heaven is For Real

June 19, 2014

I recently watched the movie Heaven is For Real.  I had heard a lot of good things about it.  After viewing the movie I have a mixed response.  The movie is good in that it helps people to believe in a life beyond the grave.  It gives credible support to the existence of an afterlife.  That is a good thing.  Unfortunately, one could easily come away from the movie with the belief that everyone goes to heaven.  I am told that the book did a better job of presenting that a life in heaven came as a result of faith in Jesus Christ.  The idea that everyone goes to heaven is a belief called universalism and is a very dangerous belief.  No repentance, no faith is necessary.  A loving God simply welcomes everyone home to heaven.  That is not biblical truth.  There is a line in the movie where the minister states “What if we truly believed that heaven is real?  Wouldn’t we live differently?”  (This quote may not be exact, but it is close.)  I would suggest a different question “What if we truly believe that both heaven and hell are real?  Wouldn’t we live differently?”  The Bible tells us in Revelation 20:15

And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

If we truly believe this to be true, would we live any different?  If only heaven is real, that is one thing, but if both heaven and hell are real, how should we live?

 

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A Risky Gamble

November 19, 2008

Blaise Pascal once presented the choices facing a person regarding faith in God in the form of a wager. 

Does God exist? 

If you answer yes and serve him throughout your life you will die not knowing if you are right.  After you die, if you are right you will be received into heaven for all eternity and rejoice forever in the knowledge that you were right to believe. 

If you die and God does not exist, you will never know that you were wrong for you will simply cease to exist and have no knowledge of being wrong.

If you decide to believe that God does not exist and you live your life accordingly, you will die not knowing if you are right.  If you are right, you will cease to exist and will never have the satisfaction of knowing that you are right. 

If you are wrong, you will face God, who will judge you for your sins and your unbelief, and you will spend eternity in hell knowing just how wrong you were to not believe in God. 

So, the believer cannot really lose, and the unbeliever cannot really win.

Many people know the famous verse John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (NKJ)

Not as many know John 3:18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (NKJ)

Does God exist?

Wanna bet?