Being a Christian in today’s world is NOT easy. In fact, it’s anything but. There is SO MUCH resistance going on out there against the true believers in Christ! Even from people that are close to us! And there’s something I don’t quite understand. What is so threatening about a just, LOVING God who wishes that NONE would perish but that ALL would have *everlasting life*?
“For God [the Heavenly Father] so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son [Jesus Christ] that whoever believeth in Him [Jesus Christ] should not perish but have *everlasting life*” [life in eternity with God/Jesus Christ] John, chapter 3, verse 16 (John 3:16)
And trust me, if I & other true Christians out there know the bible to be the 100% true, holy-spirit-inspired Word of God and that ALL non-believers are condemned by God, (if they don’t come to Christ before they die), then isn’t it my job, and EVERY true Christian’s job, to preach to all the lost souls of the world so that in Jesus’s name, they may be saved? What kind of Christian would I or someone else be if they DIDN’T teach about salvation and Jesus to people? Think about it.
And when I quote bible passages that go along with what I’m saying, I don’t do it to be threatening or scary or intimidating in any way. I do it because I love ALL that I speak to and because I want them, through God’s good grace, to see the way, the truth and the light [Jesus Christ] so that their eyes may be opened and so that they will be “saved” and go into eternity WITH God/Jesus someday!
I mean, forgive me for saying this and all but who in their right mind, after reading or hearing about the descriptions of hell and/or eternal punishment in the “fire that never quenches”, would want to go there? It is NOT the *party place* that secular people make it out to be. It is a place of damnation and torment. Jesus describes it in Matthew 8:12 “But the children of the kingdom [of darkness] shall be cast into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and knashing of teeth”. In order words, excruciatingly painful!
Just like, who, after reading or hearing about the descriptions of *New Jerusalem* (God’s eternal Kingdom talked about in Revelation, chapters 21-22 in the New Testament), would NOT want to go there? It is a place where there is no pain, only happiness. No tears are shed. All who are hungry for food or thirst for water will never have to hunger or thirst ever again. There is nothing but dancing and rejoicing and no signs of aging. In other words, enlightenment/spiritual nirvana! However, even still, the Lord Jesus Christ will be worshiped in the Millennial Kingdom and beyond and inhabitants of the holy city will go up on the mountain during the feast of Tabernacles and whoever doesn’t go up to the mountain during the feast of Tabernacles will have no rain on their crops, etc. (but more about that later)….
Guys, look…..the truth of the matter is, true Christians live a very hard life. They are mocked and ridiculed (even by some fellow “wayward/worldly Christians”, called crazy by some and even sometimes betrayed by people close to them, due to their faith!
But they are SO thrilled with Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of their sins [salvation] that they want to turn around and share that total joy in knowing Jesus Christ with others. What is so threatening about THAT? True Christians feel as if it’s their mission in life to save lost souls, so that’s what they do and that’s what God calls them to do.
If you don’t want to hear the message about God, don’t take it up with ME or whatever person is trying to teach you God’s Word, take it up with God himself! Not I or anyone else am FORCING anyone to read God’s message, afterall. People read things or not, of their own free will. Just like people come to God or not of their own free will.
So PLEASE, people….I’m not forcing you to read or do ANYTHING. I am just merely telling you of what is spoken about in God’s Word in the Holy Bible and of my own experiences with God, so that you can make the decision on your own to come to God or not. What you DO in terms of coming to God or not is entirely up to YOU.
But please know (and I say this with love) that God condemns ALL non-believers that don’t accept Jesus Christ into their minds, hearts, bodies and spirits before they die….
But to fully accept Jesus Christ into one’s mind, heart, body and spirit, one must pray for forgiveness of sins, REPENT/stop doing sins, get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and live a life that is pleasing to him UNTIL one dies.
And remember, one of the BEST kept secrets in today’s “secular world” is that Jesus Christ/God exists, and that the Devil/Satan exists. Satan would love nothing more than to have people believe he, Satan, doesn’t exist (and *especially* WANTS people believing that Jesus doesn’t exist). That way, he (Satan) is more easily able to infiltrate one’s mind, heart, body and spirit, and bend a person’s will to do his silent bidding. In fact, he’s ALWAYS behind the scenes of some of the most gruesome crimes in today’s world, as well as friends betraying friends, etc. Oftentimes after people are arrested for major crimes in today’s world, they will say something like “the voices told me to do it”, “Satan told me to do it”, etc. and these people aren’t lying! Satanic/demonic possession is a real thing in today’s world and more attention needs to be brought to it. (But that’s for another post).
Also, Satan is THE OPPRESSOR. He WANTS you to hate the people close to you. He WANTS you to feel depressed, downtrodden, hopeless, helpless, even suicidal. He WANTS you to struggle with additions (be it alcohol, food, drugs, music, cars, guns, etc.) He WANTS you to think that both he and Jesus aren’t real. He WANTS you to doubt your faith and not live a true Christian life. He WANTS you to be overcome with a love for entertainment (music, movies, videogames, television, etc.). He WANTS you to write off the bible as “myth”.
He WANTS you to turn away from Jesus Christ at all costs. He WANTS you to do bad things that he knows aren’t pleasing to God so he can try to suck your soul away someday. He WANTS you to be a backslidden Christian. He WANTS you to lose your faith AND hope in Jesus Christ so you will become part of the “Satanic fold”. He WANTS you to think that you can’t make a positive difference in this world. He WANTS you to not do the things that Jesus Christ wants you to do (“tell your friend you’re sorry”, “write this person a letter”, “go see how so and so is doing at your work”, etc.) Basically, he wants everything that Jesus Christ DOESN’T want for you or your life.
And Jesus Christ, on the other hand, is THE REDEEMER. HE wants you to love the people close to you (and around you). HE wants you to forgive those who have hurt you. HE wants you to feel joy and peace in your life. HE wants to give you hope and a future. HE wants to help you overcome your addictions, to heal on the inside and to be set free from all your addictions. HE wants you to know that both he and Satan are real. HE doesn’t want you to doubt your faith but will help you overcome your doubts if you cry out to him about it in prayer. HE wants you to live a true, Christian life that is pleasing to him.
HE does NOT want you to be overcome with a love for entertainment (music, movies, videogames, television money, etc.), the things in and of this world, etc. HE wants you to turn away from SATAN and Satan’s “entertainment/lust/greed” agenda at all costs. HE doesn’t want you to be a backslidden Christian but wants to help you overcome your sin(s). HE wants to help you make a positive difference in today’s world (even if you’ve only helped just ONE soul on the planet……in God’s eyes, you’ve helped him a TON just by helping that ONE soul). HE wants you to do things in your life for HIS glory. And basically, Jesus Christ wants everything for you and your life that Satan DOESN’T want (peace, joy, salvation, everlasting life).
Jesus said in Mark 16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be condemned”.