One of the most horrific things I can think of is that people who say they don’t believe in God are often influencing, and even dragging others along in their belief. What that means, based on the only Word of God, the Bible, is that they are influencing / dragging to hell, those they profess to love. I know of very loving (as the world would view it) people, who are dragging others to hell with them. They are dragging them to this place of torment where none of them will ever be released from. There is no rest in hell. There is no peace. No time outs. Suffering is so overwhelming, eternal and all-consuming that there will be no comfort in each other. Worse, seeing those “loved” ones in such suffering will only add to one’s own suffering. If you were the person that influenced / dragged them there, surely your suffering will be multiplied beyond anything we can imagine. As much as we look into the eyes of those we love and are overwhelmed with joy, that good feeling will only add to the torment of hell. So leading people we supposedly love to a place of torment, is that loving them? If you are upset because God condemns sin, and you are willing to condemn yourself to hell, are you also willing to drag others with you? If you have been hurt, or are standing in allegiance with someone whom you love, is that worth going to hell and bringing your loved ones with you?
I have found, that very few, if any, truly don’t believe that God exists, no matter what they say. So what then? In order to justify their lifestyles they either deny God or make up other ways to reach Him. Jesus said in John 14:6 – “I Am The Way, The Truth, and The Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Jesus didn’t leave room to believe in any other way. You either love and follow Him or you reject Him. He left no room for anyone to re-make Him into the image that most pleases oneself. He came to be the Way to God and to show us who God truly is. Jesus came and perfectly lived as our Father God called Him to live so that Jesus would perfectly represent God to us. Trying to remake Jesus into something that is more pleasing to us, whatever that is, is making an idol and is a travesty to God.
So what is true love? Sharing the Truth of God or sharing a belief that is driven by selfish satisfaction and that, in the end, will be revealed that even the professor didn’t believe. Yes, this is a hard truth and yet I write to all that it is with great love and humility that it is delivered to you. The easy path is to go about my life and not share The Truth. I can’t do that because I do love. I weep for those who push Jesus away. I worry and lament their future. Yet I am rescued from being overwhelmed with grief by the fact that our God is desirous to bring all to Him and He is also fully capable of doing so, if we are willing.
If you have questions, please let me know. If you would like to talk, please let me know. I am available to serve you however I am able. Not that I have all the answers, but I do know the truth, and In John 8:32 Jesus said “32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” In John 8:36 Jesus said “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” I hope that truth and freedom, real truth and genuine freedom, sounds good to you.
Is living one’s chosen lifestyle worth leading yourself and those you profess to love to hell? I doubt that real love could believe that. I hope that your self-styled religion is not more important than God Himself, or than people you love. God knows you. He knows everything about you. He knows your hurt and your shame. He certainly knows mine. Still, as He loves me, He loves you. He wants you to fully know Him. Take His hand and let Him lead you to heaven, where He wants you to be. Where you end up is your choice because Jesus, the real Jesus, made the Way.
IHS 3-30-14by Bob with
I don’t want to be sensible in how I love and serve the Lord. I want to believe the Word of God and act on it. If I err on being a zealot, so be it. My desire is to please God! What does that mean? It means I need to absolutely love Him and express His love to others. In doing that, I show it as He has commanded, not by the ever changing standards of mankind. God is God, He does not change. Malachi 3:6a ““For I am the Lord, I do not change…”
IHS 3/23/14by Bob with
If I were to only post “Jesus loves you unconditionally” posts, I could get a whole lot of “likes” all the time. But the truth is I hope to please God by telling His truth. Yes, God so loved the world that Jesus died for it. Yet, how do we handle the following verses? Matthew 10:37-38 – “37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.” Following the Lord is not a casual thing. It is the best and most gratifying thing, but He insists that anyone who puts anyone in front of Him is not worthy of Him. These verses keep us humble. Yet this is easy, if we truly love God with all of our heart, our soul, and our mind – Matthew 22:37-40. May your peace grow in the love and grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Yes, His grace is free and it is determined that we have it by our response to it. Blessing to all!
IHS 3/15/14by Bob with
I’m stubborn! I’m full of “I” statements! I won’t back down! I won’t settle for less! I won’t give up! I refuse to doubt! I will accept only one! I am certain! I can’t be swayed! I have a solitary passion! I love one more than anyone or anything! I can’t be reasoned with to consider something else! I believe there are a lot of choices but there is only One Way! I believe in the One, in the Only True God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. I believe in the Only Savior – Jesus Christ. I believe I have been called by God to be His servant and His son. I believe that I am like every person in the world, doomed without the Lord. I believe I’m going to heaven. I know that I want as many people as possible to go to heaven with me. I know that God wants all to come to heaven to be with Him. John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. IHS 3-5-14by Bob with
“Mark!” Mom called out. Then she called again “Mark!” When she received no response she tried again “Mark, are you out there?” He gave her heart a jump when he suddenly appeared on the steps saying “Yes mom?” Mom could see by the big smile on his face that her being startled was certainly his intention. She was about to tell him to not do that, but instead she just smiled and told him it was time to wash up and eat his lunch.
As he passed by her she admired her son’s handsome features and sturdy young boy build. He was a good looking boy and the girls his age steadily proved that by their coming around and wanting to be her friend.
At the kitchen table they shared a prayer, thanking God for their food and the roof over their head. Mom then asked him “Honey, what were you doing in the back yard?”
“Um, nothing,” He gave his usual response. He then, without a second thought, began to tell her about what he had been doing. “I was just lying in the grass under the mustard tree. I was being quiet, just trying to listen to the sound of the birds, the cars, and Jerry’s little dog barking.”
“Hmm,” Mom replied. “I guess you were bored.”
“Nope, just relaxing.” Mark clarified. “Sometimes a guy can get a lot of thinking done just lying in the grass.”
“Did you get a lot of thinking done?” Mom asked, slightly amused.
“At first I was just listening,” he began, “but then I thought I would think about heaven.”
Now Mom was curious and asked “So what were your thoughts?”
“I began to think about what I know about God. I remembered hearing Pastor saying that we should take quiet time and wait to hear from God. So I was just quiet for a while and I felt so, um, comfortable. I felt so nice, uh, you know, I guess I just felt very loved.”
Mom almost audibly gasped.
“Then I thought that I would think about heaven,” Mark continued. “I was thinking about how heaven must look. It wasn’t easy to imagine, but what I then thought was that it must be very green in heaven. I imagined I could see hills with green grass and lots of big strong trees. Along with the trees were rivers, big and small ones, and creeks and lakes and ponds. I could hear birds singing. These birds seemed like very happy birds singing the happiest sounds you could ever hear a bird sing. I saw lions playing tag with sheep and dogs and cats running around chasing each other. All the animals loved each other. None of them were fighting. As I walked along I stopped to sit next to a nice big tree. As I leaned against the tree I heard someone ask ‘Comfy?’”
“I looked around but couldn’t tell where it came from. So I sat again and rested against the tree and again heard ‘Comfy?’”
Again I looked around and again I couldn’t tell where the voice was coming from. I stood up and looked in the tree to see if someone was hiding up there.”
“What did you see?” Mom, caught up in her son’s story, asked.
“At first nothing. Suddenly I was totally freaked out as I saw a face on the tree smiling at me. I tried to move backward so fast that I fell right down onto my bottom!”
“Oh my goodness!”
“Yeah, I know, huh?” Mark agreed. He then continued “Then I saw the tree’s face open its mouth wide and a big deep laugh came out. The tree laughed so hard that it snorted!”
“What did you do then?”
“Suddenly I was no longer afraid. In fact, the laughing and snorting of the tree were so funny that I also began to laugh and snort. Pretty soon we were both laughing so hard at each other’s laughing and snorting that I think we laughed for about ten minutes straight. Then as I began to stop laughing I heard other laughing. Some laughs were big loud deep laughs and some were very small squeaky laughs. As I looked around I noticed that many animals had come around the tree and I and they had started laughing with us.”
“Amazing!” was all Mom could utter.
“Yeah, but the funny thing about it was that it didn’t scare me, and didn’t even seem strange to me. Talking trees and animals just seemed like, uh, well kinda natural. It just seemed like it was all normal. Not only did all the trees and animals talk, but so did all the plants and all the insects. All of us loved each other as if we had known each other our whole lives. Like we were all one family. The weasels were really funny, always joking. I felt like I was in the most loving and beautiful place there could ever be. I felt like I could spend eternity there. I couldn’t imagine a better place ever. But then, it got better!”
“No way!” Mom exclaimed. “How could it get better?
“Because suddenly all the animals and all the plants got very excited, but very quiet, and they turned to look just behind the tree and I. So I turned to look and there He was Mom. About five feet away was Jesus. He was smiling real big and wiping some tears from His eyes. He had been right there laughing with us. In fact, he was part talking, part crying and part laughing when He said to me “Well Mark that was a really good laugh! I did enjoy watching you all have fun!”
“Wow, how neat!” was all Mom could get out.
“I know!” Mark agreed. “Then He said ‘You know Mark, I love you so much, we all do.’ Then he waved His hand to point to the animals and also to point up in the sky and the branches of the trees. In the sky and trees there were like a gazillion angels all around. They had been laughing with us too. Mom, it was so amazing, everyone loved everyone. Everyone got along. The light around us was bright and warm and somehow part of the love that everyone felt. The whole place was too beautiful and too wonderful to describe.”
Mom had to close her dropped jaw to ask “And then what happened?”
Mark smiled at her and responded “Then I heard you calling me. I turned to Jesus who smiled at me and nodded ‘Yes.’ I understood that He was telling me to end my imagining and answer you. Suddenly my thoughts faded and the last thing I heard and saw was the trees and animals saying goodbye”
“Oh honey I’m sorry to interrupt that you!” Mom apologized.
“No Mom, it’s okay.” Mark comforted her. The next thought I had was a verse that you had talked to me about this morning. You know, in 2 Corinthians where it says that we can’t even begin to imagine what God has in store for us. So you know what Mom?”
“As beautiful and awesome as that was, it is not even close to as beautiful and awesome as it is really going to be!”
“You know Mark,” Mom replied, “I totally agree with you. Whatever we can imagine, doesn’t even begin to compare to what it will be. It’s gonna be pretty tight dude!”
“Yeah Mom, it’s gonna be tight! I’m glad we’ll be there together.”
2 Corinthians 2:9 – 9 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”—the things God has prepared for those who love him.
IHS 3-2-14by Bob with