Many Christians seem uncomfortable with the harder truths of God’s word. If you don’t think this true, try telling a few believing friends that you have a close friend or family member who passed away, who it seemed did not have a personal relationship with Jesus. You may find yourself shocked at the responses. God’s word says that unless we place our faith in Jesus, we will not be with Him in Heaven, but rather will be eternally in Hell. Many Christians try to say otherwise when an unbelieving loved one passes on. I can understand the desire to have everyone reach eternal happiness. Really I can. But our desire to make something so, does not make it so.
Here is just a sampling of the strong statements Jesus himself made about the necessity of our faith being in Him alone!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” John 3:16-21
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16:15
Jesus disciples said:
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” John 3:36
”Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” John 5:10-12
“Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:68-69
“This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12
“Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.” 2 John 1:9-11
Judgment and Hell are inarguable Biblical truths; unless you choose to discount the very words of God and believe His Word to be errant, or thoroughly untrue; at which time, I would argue you are not a follower of the only Living God who inspired every last word of the Bible.
Some scriptures dealing with these strong concepts are:
“and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. “ John 5:29
“and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” Revelations 20:10
“And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelations 20:13-15
I am uncertain whether it is a lack of Biblical knowledge that leads Christians to think everyone has a decent chance of reaching Heaven. This could be a result of years of unchecked heretical Bible teaching in our Christian universities. Or it might be caused by a lack of personal Bible study. Or maybe, and in my opinion perhaps most concerning, is that it may be due to a willingness to pick and choose what we personally believe in the Bible. God’s Word is exactly that. God’s Word! It is never man’s position to place himself as judge of the Living God! Even if something makes no sense to us, we cannot change truth. If we attempt to, do we think we will escape God’s judgment?? God judges us, not vice versa!