Saturday, September 09, 2006

Does Everyone Go to Heaven???

(Click the link above to view the complete article by Dave Daubenmire posted on News With Views; below are some excerpts from the article.)

You don’t hear much about hell anymore. It is not a very popular subject. In today’s “Who am I to judge” America, it is unusual to hear a pastor speak on this most important of all issues.

The recent abduction of two Fox News reporters by Palestinian extremists and their alleged conversion to Islam really caught the eye of the world. Many of the radio talk-shows focused on the “conversion” to Islam of Steve Centanni and his cameraman Olaf Wiig. I listened in amazement as I heard caller after caller explain why they too would have “converted” in order to save their skin. In a society where we worship entertainment and those who provide it, it is frightening that even those who call themselves “Christian” do not really understand what that term means. Is it possible to deny Christ and go to Heaven?

Hell is the farthest thing from the minds of Americans. In fact, I have heard the mantra many times that “this is hell right here on earth.” Funny, that isn’t what Christianity teaches. No, most “Christians” today think that they are going to go to Heaven because they are “a good person,” or they “go to church,” or they “try to do what is right,” or my favorite, “I was born a Christian.” How can any Christian study the Bible and come to that conclusion?

Right there is the answer. Christians today don’t study the Bible. They take for granted what others have told them about it. The crucifixion of Christ, the central event of Christianity, is not understood by most church goers. Christ died to save us from our sins and an ultimate eternity in Hell. That message is lost on most Christians today.

The American culture today is hell-bent (sorry) on convincing you that “I’m OK, you’re OK,” when in fact we are not. America is sick because Americans are sick. We are sin-sick, whistling past the graveyard, oblivious to the impending doom waiting at the end of our journey. We are a nation of “Christians” careening towards hell….truly living our best life now. Not concerned about eternal life? How about eternal death? Sorry, but someone has to speak the Truth.

If you really knew Christ you would never deny him. If you are merely following a religion then you are not a Christian. Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship. Would converting to Islam to save this life really be worth it? Would you trade an eternity in Hell for a few more years now? What if Steve Centanni had been beheaded after he converted?

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6. I think He meant it.

Do you KNOW Him? Have you received Him into your heart, or are you burdened down with a “moral code” that you can never quite live up to?

Yep. Everyone is going to Heaven. Unfortunately, not everyone is going to stay. Death waits us all at the end of this earthly journey.

Hell is real. What will you do with Jesus?


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