Life, How’s It All Working Out for You?
By Don Twobears
Just asking a couple questions here, like: “If you see railroad tracks warning lights and a bell going off, do you think trains run on those tracks?” Then I would have to assume it would be a bad thing to stand or park your car on the tracks, right? That is of course, unless you’re suicidal.
If you go up in a really high tower of any sort, there is usually tall fencing around the edge, to make sure no one falls off, right? Then I would have to assume that falling off the edge of the tower would be counter-productive to living! Again, unless you are suicidal.
Sounds a little stupid or at the very least the proper use of “common sense” should be adhered to if you wish to continue living. My previous article will probably come across to some as fantasy or a lousy story at best. But what if you suddenly decided to use common sense and read the Bible and find out that there are only two directions after this life, heaven or hell? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but this is true, whether you wish to believe it or not.
The Lord gives you this ONE free will choice (I know it feels better to think there are many free will choices). HIS Word, the Bible, words directly from God’s mouth to our ears tells us how to be saved, how to go to heaven! It also tells us that if we do NOT accept the free will gift of Jesus Christ you definitely go to hell. I believe this is an excellent example of using “common sense.”
For those who are unaware: heaven - good, hell - bad! Now this information is given to you and me because God is the Creator and HE did indeed create everything, including you and me. There is a problem though and it’s not with the Word of God but in how we humans wish to interpret the Bible.
Today there are way too many people that are more than willing to skew the Word of God in order to make YOU feel better or to increase their income through YOU. You’ll gladly go to their church and give of YOUR income if they think YOU feel good, if YOU feel happy there. Let’s be honest here. You wouldn’t want to go somewhere and have people call YOU a heathen and beat you over the head, right? They will say whatever needs to be said if they can get away with it. Who cares if what they is the truth or not! That is of course until the day you find yourself standing before righteous God─then truth is paramount.
You must understand this too, that it will not always be someone else lying to you. You can lie to yourself at will and you do so -- quite often. Step on the scale for a moment and tell me the truth. See what I mean? Here is the question that needs to be asked: WHO are YOU willing to believe? Hey, this is not to be funny. It’s downright serious stuff here because once you die the rest of eternity and where you are in that eternity is going to make all the difference to YOU! Everyone that has ever been born and lived on this earth is in the exact same spot as YOU. Here are a few things that YOU might want to consider:
Romans 3.20-23, emphasis added: “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets. Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
John 3.14-18, emphasis added: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up. That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
So after only two or three verses we find out there is only ONE WAY into heaven and that is through Jesus Christ! We find out that there is nothing we can do to be saved! We MUST go to Jesus Christ and ask HIM to save us! Without pulling any punches, this is saying that you and I are worthless. We are not even worth the dirt we were made from. WITHOUT Jesus Christ, who is GOD, the CREATOR of all things including you and me.
So do you want to hear the truth or are YOU still so willing to be LIED to? I hate it when I am lied to because those who are lying to me are implying that I do not have what it takes to deal with the truth! I can NOT think of a better way to be told that someone thinks I’m stupid! I have given you Scripture, I have given you stories of truth, I have given you some strange things to think about but I have NEVER LIED TO YOU!
I try and think of ways to give out the Word of God in ways no one else has thought of or used thus far. I try and use words that are simple to understand and easy to read because it’s not my delivery that counts, it’s the message in the words! It’s the blood of Jesus Christ, it’s HIS love for you and me that matters and all I want is for more people to hear those words and know them as truth. NOT what I say, BUT to see Jesus Christ everywhere you look, because IF you see anything else YOU’RE LOST!
Matthew 7.13-14, emphasis added: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Please notice the last six words in the Scripture above! Notice it says, “few there be that find it.” Out of all the people who have ever been born and raised to live on this planet since Adam and Eve ONLY A FEW will get to heaven? So how many is a FEW? How do YOU know you are one of that FEW? I don’t know about YOU, but this is some scary stuff to be considering. And then we look at everyone saying, “There are many ways to God” and yet that is incorrect!
I thought we just said that you must belong to Jesus Christ, you must be saved, born-again and you must be a true follower of Jesus Christ and then you come along and say only a FEW will find the road to heaven? Yuppers! “Ya cain’t skew the Word of God and expect to enter heaven -- that there jus’ ain’t possible! Don’t you understand? That’s the entire reason for the Bible, God’s Holy Word to YOU and ME.YOU MUST READ IT! As a writer, I can throw words together and tell you anything but that doesn’t mean I am telling you the truth!
GO to your BIBLE and READ it for yourself! How else do you think the Lord is going to talk with YOU? Duhhhh, people this is NOT rocket science. Wake-up and try doing a little of your own homework just for yourself. The relationship with Jesus Christ is between YOU and HIM, alone!
People, just because you go to a church and plunk your butt on a pew doesn’t mean you are saved to heaven! Just because you are a member of the choir and you’re an Elder of the church, doesn’t mean you’re going to heaven either! There are very strict criteria to be saved to Jesus Christ!
Matthew 11.28-30: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
John 14.6-7: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.”
Take those two passages and memorize them. Say them to yourself often, more frequently than just often -- how about all the time? They are the absolute TRUTH and they are the ONLY way to heaven and life eternal with Jesus Christ -- who is GOD.
Ya got a choice to make before you die. You want heaven and eternal life? Call Jesus Christ and don’t ever let anything or anyone tell you different!
In my Life, Jesus Christ is Lord!
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