From Grammy Blick's desk (^^,)
Sunday, 8 April, KERA (DFW's PBS) broadcast a program where Christianity was discussed in a round-table format, both Christians and non-Christians participating.
I find it odd that a discussion of Christianity broadcast on Easter would include non-Christians. But they didn't ask my opinion.
One of the participants questioned God's attitude toward unbelievers. The gist of his comments were that although he did not believe there was a God, that he had lived his life doing good for people, working hard not to harm anyone. When he died, and perhaps found out there was a God, he could not understand why God would send him to eternal burning in hell. Why would a short life on earth determine an eternity in hell.
Excuse me? This man knew the commandments God gave to the world. He knew that Christianity taught both heaven and hell. He knew the requirements to reach heaven, but declined to believe those requirements applied. Instead, he was seeking confirmation from others that God was not just in sentencing a 'good' person to hell.
It is a very sad fact, but it is true -- a lack of bad acts has no more effect on a person's salvation than a wealth of good acts. To call God unjust because a man rejected God's existence does not make sense.
The Bible -- God's word given to mankind -- is very consistent and very clear. Hear the word of the Lord:
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 KJV)
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. (John 3:14-18 KJV)
And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:6-12 KJV)
And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (Acts 16:30-31 KJV)
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. (Romans 10:9-18 KJV)
Yes, they have heard -- there are only two choices: Life / Death, Heaven / Hell. They should be carefully considered. If the thought of an eternal existence in hell is to be avoided, the avoidance method is clear. If the possibility of hell's existence appears unjust, come to know the King of saints:
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. (Revelation 15:3-4 KJV)