“If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” (John 3:12)
Not much has changed since Jesus challenged a religious leader of His day with the above words. Religious leaders then and now continually miss the simple truth of God’s message. In doing so, they cause more harm than good to the legions of people that follow them blindly. “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mark 4:23)
“If” can be a very frightening word, even more so when it has to do with your eternal destination. What sadness there will be for the many that ignore God’s truth and rely on the foolishness of man to direct their paths. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
Here are some “ifs” to consider:
If the Bible is truly God’s message to the human race, is it vital for you to read it and understand it?
If Jesus is the only way to get to Heaven, should you pay attention to His words?
If there are absolute truths concerning God and how He deals with people, would it be wise for you to search out these truths?
If all the good deeds in the world cannot get you to Heaven, don’t you want to know how you can get there?
If the Bible indicates that the vast majority of people will go to Hell, should you make certain not to be in that majority?
If you only have the remainder of your life on earth to choose your afterlife destination, shouldn’t you get serious about obtaining salvation?
If the Bible is correct about the eternal misery and torment of Hell, shouldn’t you take all steps necessary to avoid going there?
If there is false teaching concerning the way to Heaven, should you learn to discern the truth from the lies and errors?
If you can have a personal relationship God, what valid reason is there not to do so?
Only the last “If” should be answered in the negative. All the others should be a resounding “yes”. Like most everything else in life, you have the free will to choose your beliefs. And, as it is with every other choice you make, you will bear the consequences of your choices.
If you go to Heaven, you will have the Lord Jesus to thank. If you go to Hell, you will only have yourself to blame. Choose wisely!
Most people live life as if it will never end. However, every human being knows for a fact that death awaits them. It’s unpleasant to think about dying, worse yet if you don’t know what happens after death. The truth is you can know and the Bible is the source for this information.
May God give you wisdom as you consider these vital questions.
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” (Proverbs 12:15)
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