Based on the Bible and careful observation of trends and world news, i would submit to you the readers the painful part of hell. It might surprise the readers that the pain will be through rejection of way of escape. Hell is very much avoidable.
We all sinned the Bible says and therefore worthy of death and punishment. But there is a way of escape that is through repentance and acceptance of God's gift of pardon through Jesus Christ's atoning sacrificeon the cross. God even offers us His Holy Spirit for power and ability and assistance to live a Christian life.
Ending up in hell comes through rejection of God 's gift of pardon. The way of salvation is being broadcast through many means. Through radio, television, internet, literature, through missionaries, churches. Unfortunately there are some false ways but that could be unmasked through prayers and careful study.
Let us ask ourselves,did i check my ticket if it is bound for heaven or hell ? Did i check its validity, that is through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We may say why trust God who we can not see ? But can we trust things we can see ?
Our trust on something should stood the test of time. Can you think of something you trust long ago that still standing today ?
Whatever you have that you trust other than God, you may hang on to it but for me that is too risky , but hopefully i can you show a better way.
Trusting in God makes sense for me because the things i have are soon fading away. But again why trust in God who one can not see ?
We may not see God but He gave us collection of His words and works preserved in the Holy Bible.
I first encountered the Holy Bible in 1976 about 43 years ago. I thought it was just a book. It did not take long for me to see that this is not an ordinary book and i met people who believe that this book came from God and therefore should be obeyed and loved.
Have you checked for yourself whether the Holy Bible is really God's words ?
This blog is for Christians and for those who want or curious to be Christians. According to the Bible Jesus is the exact representation of God the Father. To glorify Jesus is to glorify the Father. All authority is given to Jesus Christ in heaven and on earh. This is one of the mysteries. some says these are two Gods , some says One is God and the other is man.But i believe the Bible teach One God in three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Back to loving Jesus the second Person in the Trinity.We should love the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit equally and above all else.
Loving Jesus is individual and personal pursuit. He should or recommended to be our number one love. Next is loving our neighbor or fellowmen as we love ourselves. These are based on Matthew 22:37,38,39,40.
Perhaps it is recommended that we ask God personally what is the condition of our heart/s.
Today i get to appreciate boundaries or boundary. Boundary allow us to rest or reach at least a semblance of finality.
Let us say in championship games, can you imagine if there is no limit in time of play ? Players will continue to play to exhaustion.
I was preparing a class reunion album, something tells me i can do it better but to do so there might be no end. Hence i need boundary
Since this is a Christian blog, what lesson could we share or realize ? God who is infinte is without bounds or boundary. God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. God took boundary in coming to us in human form in the person of Jesus Christ.
But lo and behold Jesus Christ is beyond description. Praise His holy Name.
Because of my Parkinson's I was expecting low bat ("low battery") on my body or moments when I have low energy. I have been monitoring my low moments in my life for many years now up till now. I even made makeshift reminders for me to anticipate those moments and to take medicine.
It is depressing to expect to remember those moments till something click in me.
And it is this, why don't I remember the goodness of God, His Names, titles and attributes and recite in my mind uplifting verses in the Bible like Philippians 4:13I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.;
Isaiah54:17 No weapon formed against me shall prosper...
1 John 4:4Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world..
Then if i will continue to suffer i will remember 1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow his steps:
I believe the Bible teach both gifts and rewards but on different matters. Salvation or being saved or being admitted to heaven is a gift. It is a gift because the standard is too high no one can earn it or work for it . please see Ephesians 2:8, 9.
Where do rewards come in ? the rewards come in when we obey and follow God. See Ephesians 2:10. Is this confusing ?
It is like receiving house and lot for free, but to maintain the house we have to work, like clean up, repair when it is getting old.
Have you thought of why for Christians, Jesus is called Lord and Savior ?
Savior because He saved us, because we are drowning and can not save ourselves. Lord because He is our Master, and we are to obey Him after we are saved.
Being saved is a gift while obeying is for us as followers and for obeying we get reward/s.
If you disagree or you are not convinced ,could you please let me know ?
The cross was invented to execute criminals in the time of the Roman Empire till Jesus Christ was killed on it. We have read it in the Bible , we seen it in movies. We heard it preached many times. We see churches adorned with it but have we fully explored or even come close to knowing its message.
Gather your best recollection of the cross and our Lord Jesus Christ and see what will be your response.
Whether you are Catholic, Protestant or any of the Christian denominations, please consider who Jesus Christ is and all the pains, heart aches, treatment, endurance, loss of blood, head swollen due to thorns, the shame, abandonment, every nerves of his body reacting, the body organs trying to function, the wind, heat, and dust, the pain from the nails, exhaustion, the lashes marks, the thirst,the dizziness, the mockings and ridicule, etc.
If you can not bear it anymore just thinking about it let us not forget He (Jesus, or Yeshua) did it or endured it for you and me.
For me those are enough to make Him my Lord and my Savior forever. How about you ?
If your response is the same as mine, would you consider sharing this blog so others may hear or read the message ? i hope you will share it.