Saving Grace


Unmerited forgiveness is what I received
From my Savior whose body was pierced
For my transgression, he was slain
His pain became my gain

My riches and treasures
They give me no pleasure
In a world that offers only tears

One day, my knee will bow
To his conspicuous love
One day my tongue will sing
Of his amazing grace
One day my feet will tread
Those precious paths of gold

One day, when he wipes my tears
Extinct would be my fears
When I see the lamb of God
Magnificently adorned
seated on the heavenly throne

– A poem of hope based on the book of Revelation 21
– Written by Maria Joseph

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Can Non-Christians go to Heaven???


The short answer is “YES, they may“. Now that you have the answer, you might want to go back to what ever you were doing.

This is probably the “One Question” raised by Atheist’s that literally stumps the average Christian. The other being “How can a benevolent GOD, create suffering that kills innocent children? or Why does GOD allow evil?” There is a great explanation about this given by Ravi Zacharias on YouTube.

Back to the question at hand.

Will God prevent a good and morally upright atheist from going to heaven; while allowing a reformed child molester to go to heaven?

I think the Christian knows the answer to that – Yes He Will (Prevent the atheist from going to heaven).

Jesus Christ dogmatically stated: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

Exclusivity is the hallmark of Christianity. Even Islam is more inclusive than Christianity.

But the Bible declares that “God is love” (1 John 4:8) and “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4, see also 2 Peter 3:9). The Bible’s most famous verse declares that “ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life ” (John 3:16).

Could a loving God sentence people to an eternity of torment for not having had a chance to hear about Jesus?

Let’s see how Jesus reflects on the subject.

When Jesus had to confront the Pharisees of his time who were demanding a sign from him. Jesus says

“The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here” (Matthew 12:41-42).

Let’s just assume that Jesus is using figures of speech here, that He didn’t actually mean what He said; because He is literally saying that the Queen of Sheba, Assyrians from Nineveh and the Jews are all going to be judged at the same time. You have to be alive to be judged!!!

Why do we have to be judged?

On this planet, we have to pay a price every time we break a law. Be it as trivial as jay walking or a serious crime like murder. The law is absolute and we have to face the consequences.

Jesus is simply saying, that he will bear our punishment so that we can be set free from the law. All we have to do is put our faith in him. [ I can’t imagine of a simpler agreement or term to avoid the consequence that is due to us]. Christian or not, we are all fallible, even the best among us have shame written on our back side. Therefore judgement is unavoidable.

Obviously, a non christian, may have never heard about Jesus. Even if one did hear about Jesus, very few are willing to step outside the comfort of the religion that they were born in. [Because they simply can’t believe such a ludicrous claim]

If God is love, isn’t it unfair for Him to destroy the people who have never heard of Jesus Christ? Is it fair for Him to punish people in hell for being born in the wrong place at the wrong time? How about those millions of babies who didn’t even have the chance to even understand what the Bible says? How about those people who lived and died in places where Christianity is forbidden or during the times when it would be difficult for them to know Christ? Will they all be thrown into the lake of fire even if it wasn’t their fault?

This would mean that God is a complete failure! He could not even save the majority of mankind from the evil works of the Devil!

Before you write him off, consider this

II Peter 3:9 tells us:

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, NOT willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

Ezekiel 33:11 adds:

“Tell them that as surely as I, the Sovereign LORD, am the living God, I DO NOT ENJOY SEEING SINNERS DIE. I would rather see them stop sinning and live. Israel, stop the evil you are doing. Why do you want to die?”

These are just a few verses showing God’s infinite mercy, love, and compassion toward us. He does not want anyone to perish. In fact, He wants to save as many people as possible.

So, what is the fate of those nonbelievers and non-Christians? Will they also be saved or be eternally tormented in hell-fire?

Forget everything that you have been told by secular media. The real truth about Death & Resurrection is that everyone gets a second chance.

The answers can be found in the two Biblical books devoted to prophecy: Revelation and Ezekiel.

Revelation 20 talks about the first resurrection, when Satan will be bound for a thousand years immediately after Christ’s return (verses 1-3) and of the resurrection of the saints—Christ’s faithful servants throughout the ages (verses 4-6). Christ and His saints will rule for 1,000 years (commonly called the Millennium). Then, after the Millennium, another group will be resurrected to life. This group is called “the rest of the dead” (verse 5).

Who are the rest of the dead? Verse 12 reads: “I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God.” This will include the vast majority of those who have lived and died through the thousands of years of human history—all resurrected at the same time. The prophet Ezekiel was given a vision of this coming resurrection (Ezekiel 37:5-6), and he saw how God will give physical life back to what will turn out to be billions of people. Make sure you read his description and try to imagine what this will be like when human bodies will be reassembled and then resuscitated.

What will happen to the unbelievers? After they are given life, they will be given an opportunity to learn about God’s Word. We read, “And books were opened” (Revelation 20:12). The books (Greek biblion) refer to the books of the Bible. Those who were blinded to God’s truth before (Mark 4:11-12; Revelation 12:9) will then have the Bible opened to them—so they can truly understand it!
Revelation 20:12 then goes on to say, “Another book was opened, which is the Book of Life.” This represents the opportunity for eternal life being opened to all these people. This will be accomplished by God offering His Holy Spirit to billions of people (Ezekiel 37:14).

All of these people, the billions upon billions of them, will finally be able to understand the Bible, know and believe and obey Jesus Christ and have the opportunity to live forever.

This is the hope for all the people Christ mentioned—people like the queen of Sheba and the inhabitants of Sodom—and all the other people who have ever lived and not known the true God and His truth.

resurrection of unbelievers

resurrection of unbelievers

PS: I wrote this article as a reminder to myself. I hope someone finds this useful. Of course the working assumption is that the reader believes in GOD.

When the likes of Sam Harris questions the authenticity and relevance of the God of the Bible, this is what you tell them.

Long Time


That which we know is Science
That which we don’t is GOD

I haven’t blogged for a long time, because it became an addiction. I  found myself spending too much time doing things that really didn’t matter. That being said, it was also a time where I lost myself. Everything that I had build for a period of time has been deconstructed. So, in a sense this is a new start. I am almost thinking of giving up the domain name and start over.

 

Law or Grace?


Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him.
1 Corinthians 16:2, KJV

Sometimes people say, “I don’t believe in tithing because we don’t live under the Law.” As Christians, we live under grace, and hallelujah for that! Does that mean we shouldn’t honor God with the first portion of our income?
In the Old Testament, specific giving was taught; in the New Testament, giving was sacrificial. In the Old Testament, giving was done by Law; in the New Testament, out of love. In the Old Testament, giving was an obligation; in the New Testament, it was an opportunity. In the Old Testament, giving was done by percentage; in the New Testament, by proportion, “as God has prospered” us. In the Old Testament, giving was a responsibility; in the New Testament, it’s a response.

The truth is, some Christians today are stuck at ten percent when they should be giving eleven percent, or fifteen, or twenty percent. But whatever we give, we shouldn’t do less under grace than under law.

Don’t let the law/grace debate erode your stewardship. Give as God has prospered you.

Almighty God has given me a home in heaven forever and ever. Why would I want to be miserly with Him?
David Jeremiah

I 💓 you but I 💔


John 14:21,23,27
21. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.
23. Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home him.
27. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

 

Some people completely ignore this verse, because they claim that Salvation is free; Others cling to this verse so much so that it becomes legalistic, meaning that you cannot enter the kingdom of GOD, if you do not keep the commandments of GOD.

The truth is that, they are both right. Salvation is free. So, “All our righteousness are as filthy rags, and we all do fade as a a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, has taken away” (Isaiah 64:6).
At the same time Apostle Paul says “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:1-2).

Salvation is free, because GOD has made it possible through the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ. We will never truly appreciate the suffering that went with it. We think love is free, but it wasn’t, Jesus had to make an enormous sacrifice to deliver us from our sins.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Love goes both ways. God loved us enough to sacrifice his Son for us, but He cannot force us to love him. In human terms When you love someone you do things to please that person. Our actions are directed from the heart, not just an outward motion.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise when Jesus said that we must keep his commandments if we truly love him.

I Love God and I want to keep his commandments, but I just can’t seem to do it.

Apostle Paul in Romans 7:15-20 expressed this really well

15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.

16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.

17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.

18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.

20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

I accepted Jesus when I was 12 and things went swimmingly well until I turned 17. From my teens to my forties, I don’t know what happened. You hear about people living a riotous life and then turning to GOD after a season; it was just the opposite for me, I became a christian, but I could never keep up or live up to the christian standards.

I was confused, I accepted Jesus, but I could not follow him. I prayed for the holy-spirit,  I thought I felt his presence but I am not sure. I read the Bible, I prayed… then I gave up, I got caught up with the world and I lost everything.

I had the Moses complex. I decided early on that I was going to be God’s right hand man. I imagined that I was special, that I was going to accomplish something great. But first, I had to straighten myself up. No matter how much I tried, I Just couldn’t do it. I was never good enough to meet neither mine nor God’s standards. I didn’t know it, but I was so full of pride. Even when I genuinely thought that I was humble, deep inside, I was still trying to be God’s right hand man.

I now realize that, this is an issue of the heart. I said that I loved Jesus, but it was an emotional statement. I wanted to be the Status Quo. I could never live up, because I never really loved God, the way he loved me. By that I don’t mean that I love God now, like he loves me. All I mean by that is; I did not truly experience the love of God to my heart’s desire. You see, you cannot truly love another person, unless you received love from them.  unless you knew them.

Matthew 7:21-23
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Its not that Jesus, didn’t know you. There is a difference…. I know who the president of USA is, but I don’t know him. I know my mother, my father and my siblings.  On the same note, I know about GOD, but I never knew him. In order to know him, you need to experience him.

If  you  are a christian who is struggling with sin, and you know that you love GOD but you just can’t get your act straight,  it’s because you don’t know him well enough to want to give up your sin. Pray long and hard to know him intimately. For me personally, it meant that I had to loose everything. I had to come to the realization that I had nothing but him. He didn’t just meet my needs… he surpassed all of my expectations. When I realized that I could trust him, he became a tangible and real being, like a real person with personality and all that.

Love conquers all.  He conquered me. Ask him to conquer you with his love. Tell him you want to experience him, even if you have to loose everything.  He will always meet us on our own grounds. He doesn’t enjoy stripping us to our bare minimum, but some of us have a flare for the dramatic. We just can’t accept him, until the drama has been played out.