Whether we acknowledge the existence of God or not, that acknowledgement or lack thereof doesn’t remove us from the perils of hell and eternal damnation.
Gasp! I know… harsh words. Folks don’t like to hear words like hell and damnation bandied about, especially if they are pointed at them.
But not talking about something doesn’t make it less real.
The Bible teaches that someday, every knee will bow before Him.
Romans 14:11 For the Scriptures say, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the LORD, every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.’ Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.
Our knees will bend either by choice, rejoicing in Him or by the heavy weight of His holy judgement, holy wrath, and His sovereign power as our Creator.
Some of us might try to protest this idea, saying that doesn’t sound like a choice at all… except it is.
God Gives Us Two Options
Not 3, not 4, not a buffet of options.
We get only two, but just because there are only two, it doesn’t make them any less of a choice.
And even if you declare that you opt out, creating your own “option 3” by saying “I don’t know what I believe”, or choosing to believe “all roads lead to heaven”, you are still making one of the two choices you are given by God.
Not making a choice is still a choice. Just like a lie of omission is still a lie.
The two options God gives us are very clear… step into His light, acknowledge Him in all your ways, profess Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and you can experience the gift of eternal life with Him.
Or choose darkness, choose not to acknowledge Him that created you, and in that case He will (perfectly and justifiably) give you up to your wishes for darkness, by removing His light, His grace, His love and His benevolence from you permanently.
Isaiah 29:16 How foolish can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay! Should the created thing say of the one who made it, “He didn’t make me”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid”?
You will feel instead, the full weight of His perfect judgement and condemnation, and I don’t know about you, but that does not sound like something I would ever want to experience.
The Only Unpardonable Sin is that of Unbelief
Unbelief is the choice to reject God’s plan for eternal salvation. If we die in that state of rejection, that is end game. There’s no going back.
We don’t have an opportunity to change our minds at that point. The only time we have to change our minds is right now… in this moment.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God exists, He is our Creator, and belief or unbelief in that boils down to a choice that we must all make at some point in our lives.
God has given us everything we need and more to see Him in our day to day and in the world around us. But if for some reason we are not seeing him, it is our job to ask Him for forgiveness and our job to ask Him to give us eyes to see, to soften our hearts to Him, so that He is revealed plainly.
But first, we have to make that choice.
The Bible teaches that the choices you make are either storing up treasures in heaven or storing up wrath on the day of judgement.
I don’t know about you, but I’m grateful God has softened my heart, that He chose to overcome my natural enmity toward Him, and that He has provided for me an opportunity for salvation.
He has given me the opportunity to choose to store up treasures in heaven, and to me at least, that sounds infinitely sweeter than storing up His wrath. How about you?
Over to You
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