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Biblical Answers to Spiritual Questions:


Who is God?

The Assurance of Salvation

I Want to Know More About the Bible

If I am Saved, Why Do I Keep On Sinning?

Will We Be Judged Immediately After We Die?

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

Is It Wrong to Have Sexual Relations Outside of Marriage?

What Happened to Mary, Joseph, and Mary Magdelene After Jesus Died?

How Can I Overcome the Temptation of Sin?

Do Our Spirit and Soul Die After Death?

How Do I Know That God Is With Me?

Is Everyone Able to Speak in Tongues?

Why Does God Send People to Hell?

What Must I Do to Be Saved?

Is There Life After Death?

The Unpardonable Sin



Why Does God Send People to Hell?


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The question should be, not why does God send people to hell, but rather,


why would anyone choose to go to hell when God has provided a way to go to heaven


that can be taken freely and without cost simply by receiving His Son's death


on the cross as payment  for one's sins. 


We don't like to talk about hell, but simply put, hell is real.


Scripture tells us that hell was created for the devil and his angels (demons)


when they rebelled against God (Matthew 25:41)  They knew God, His glory,


His presence and His love and they defied Him, so He cast them out. 


They have no hope of redemption, but we do.


Adam and Eve brought sin into the world, but God sent a Savior (I John 4:4). 


2 Peter 3:9 says that God "is not willing that any should perish."




            God is holy and perfect (Revelation 4:8). 


Habakkuk 1:13 states "You (God) are of purer eyes than to behold evil…and cannot look upon wickedness."


If He cannot even look upon evil, how could He possibly have sinful people sharing His home


(Where, by the way, John 14:2 says He is preparing a home for us also). 


Can you imagine spending eternity in heaven with people who steal and murder;


people who backbite and gossip; people who bully and hate you. 


We can't abide these types of people; much more a holy God. 


Matthew 5:48 says "Be ye perfect; as your heavenly Father is perfect." 


According to Romans 3:23, we all fall short of that.


And so, since He is perfect and we are not, we have a problem. 


Keep this word perfect in mind as you continue this study.




            We are sinners.  Romans 3:19-22 teaches us that we are all guilty before God because all have sinned.


  Isaiah 59:1-3 (NKJB) says "your sins have separated you from your God. 


God sees every evil thought; hears every word; sees every selfish motive.. 


There is a penalty for our sin.  Romans 6:23 says that" the wages of sin is death." 


Anyone who questions this should read Revelation 21:8, Romans chapters 1-3, the book of Jude, 2 Peter 2:4-15


and John chapter 3.  We all find ourselves in there somewhere.


These and other verses tell us a lot about ourselves that we don't want to admit. 


It is our sin that condemns us. 


Read the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17).  We all fail.




            Romans 1:18-21 tells us that when men knew God they "exchanged the truth of God for a lie."


Verse 28 says men "did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God." 


Romans 1:29-31 has another list of sins: "They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice. 


They are gossips, slanderers, God haters, insolent, arrogant, boastful; they invent ways of doing evil;


they disobey their parents (who hasn't) ; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless."


It goes on to say in verse 32 "Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death,


they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them." 


Jude and 2 Peter 2:1-4 & 10-14 also condemn people because they not only sin but entice and encourage others to sin.


            When we are judged according to our works we are all concluded to be sinners (Romans 3:9).


  God concludes Paul's discourse on sin by an Old Testament quote in Romans 3:10-12:


"There is none righteous, no not one…All have turned away, there is no one who does good, not even one."


Romans 3:20 says: "Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law;


rather through the law we become conscious of sin." 


We are used to being graded on the curve, but God does not. 


God puts us all in the same position (we are all guilty.) and then provides a way to save us from our sin.




            If we think we are good, God says in Isaiah 64:6 that "all our righteous acts are like filthy rags,


" being tainted by those sins which we have done or are doing.


James 2:8-14 explains this and says, "whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty


of breaking all of it."  God's standard is much higher than ours. 


None of us can keep even the first of the Ten Commandments, much less be perfect. 


Here are a few more lists: I Corinthians 6:8-11 and Revelation 21:8. 


Revelation 21:8 includes the sin of not believing – of rejecting the truth (Romans 2:8).


            Romans 1:18-21 explains that the nature and power of God are made obvious by His creation


but that people suppress the truth.  Jude 10 says that we know the truth by instinct.  


2 Peter 3:3-6 says that those who choose not to believe "deliberately forget"


that God created the world and destroyed it with a flood. 


Romans 1:20 says: "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature


– have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."  


Romans 1:21 says that "they did not glorify Him as God." 


The Scriptures teach that God deserves glory and honor and respect and to not do this is reason enough for judgment.


The Jews felt He was so holy they would not even speak His Name. 


God told Moses to take off his sandals in His presence for even the ground was holy.


And Moses was afraid to look at God, even when He was revealed in a burning bush (Exodus 3:2-6).




            John chapter 3 talks about sin and unbelief. 


Not only does sin condemn us but John 3:18 says a man "stands condemned already


because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son."


A person's sins and "God's wrath remain on him" (John 3:31) because he refuses God's only way of deliverance. 


The passage also says the reason people don't come to the Light (Jesus) is that they don't want their sin exposed. 


Romans 2:8 says people "reject the truth and follow evil."  It is deliberate.  It is our choice.




            At the Great White Throne Judgment in Revelation 20:10-14 the first issue is:


Is your name written in the Book of Life?


(This happens when you believe.) 


If not, a person is judged on the basis of their works and no one will be found worthy.


  Read 2 Peter 2:14&15 to see how people "never stop sinning," forsake the right way and deliberately go astray (Isaiah 53:6).

 

            Since God says all are sinners and imperfect what can we do? 


God says in 2 Peter 3:9 that He "is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."  


What does that really mean?  In Greek (the original language of the New Testament) the word "repent"


literally means to "change your mind."


If a person is refusing to believe and accept what God says about sin he absolutely must change his mind.


He must admit that he has sinned.  John 3:19-20 says that men don't come to Jesus (the light),


because they know that the light will show that their deeds are evil.




            There is a story Jesus told in the Bible in Luke 18:9-14 about a Pharisee and a tax collector.


  The self-righteous Pharisee prayed "God, I thank you that I am not like other men –


robbers, evildoers, adulterers or even like this tax collector."


He refused to see himself as one who had sinned and then began to boast about his "goodness."


  The tax collector "would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven…saying "God be merciful to me a sinner." 


We must accept what God says: we are sinners in need of salvation by God's mercy.


Repenting and believing are tied together.  People won't come to Jesus for salvation if they think they can make it on their own.




            Then a person needs to change his mind about the way of salvation and accept God's way.


Jesus said in John 14:6 "I am the way and the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father but through me." 


A person must "change his mind" and stop believing he is good enough to earn it and believe


that Jesus paid for his sin (I Peter 2:24).


Read these verses: Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8&9; I Corinthians 15:3&4; Isaiah 53:1-12; I Peter 2:2;


John 1:21; 1:12; 14:6; 3:16, 30; Romans 10:9-10, 13.


You must simply believe just as the thief on the cross did and went to be with Jesus on that very day (Luke 23:40-43).




            The Pharisees are a good example (if you will), a picture of what it means to repent or to change your mind. 


They were self-righteous, counting on their ancestry as Jews, their standing in leadership,


their knowledge of Scripture and their good deeds; they saw themselves as righteous.


  Jesus saw their hearts and in Matthew 23 told them of their many faults:


calling them evil snakes and treacherous men.


  Clearly they needed to change their minds and admit their sin and need of salvation.




            They became the enemies of the very One Who came to save them.


  They refused to believe that He was the Christ (Matthew 12, Mark 3, Luke 10 and John 10). 


When Jesus pointed out their sin and Who He was they became angry to the point of trying to kill Him


were like Cain, who when told he was wrong, rose up and killed his brother  (Genesis 4:1-8).


They refused to come to the source of Life. 


Jesus said in John 5:39&40 "You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life.


These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life."  We can be like them. 


We can not want to admit our sin and our NEED OF A SAVIOR.


They needed to CHANGE THEIR MINDS (REPENT) and believe Who Jesus is (Philippians 2:10&11). 


Like them people need to change their minds about sin and the need for God's mercy; and stop rejecting Jesus


(God's way of salvation).  I Peter 2: 24 says "Who His own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree."


            But there is good news.  Remember 2 Peter 3:9 says that God is not willing that any should perish.


I John 4:14 says "The Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world."


John 3:17 says "God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world,


but that the world through Him might be saved."




            In John 3:14-16 Jesus tells Nicodemus a story from the time of Moses that pictures salvation. 


When Israel sinned and God sent serpents to bite them


told Moses to erect a serpent on a pole and that any sick person who would look at the serpent


on the pole would be healed (Numbers 21:6-9). 


All they needed to do was to believe what God said and look. 


The story is a picture of Jesus (the Son of Man) being lifted up on the cross. 


John 3:14&15 says "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,


that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life."


            We cannot be perfect by ourselves, but Romans 4:5 says that "faith is credited as righteousness."


Hebrews 10:14 says he has "perfected us forever." 


Jude 24 says God is able to present us without fault before His glorious presence.


He has put His Holy Spirit in us (I Corinthians 6:19) and made our conscience clean (Hebrews 9:14).


  He covers our sin and will never count it against us (Romans 4:6-8).


  He washes us "white as snow" (Isaiah 1:18). As the hymn writer wrote:" And when before the throne,


I stand in Him complete, Jesus died my soul to save, My lips shall still repeat.  



Jesus paid it all,  All to Him I owe, Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow."


            People use the horror of hell as an excuse for not believing the truth. 


They accuse God of "wrongness" because of His judgment of sin. 


They do this because they don't want to acknowledge their own sin and God's way of salvation. 


Read John 3:16-21 again.  Don't use a truth you can't change keep you from accepting God's "gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23).


God doesn't send people to hell.  People go to hell because they decide to refuse God's offer of forgiveness.



 There is great encouragement for believers in the following verses (Jude 17-25).


"But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 


They said to you, 'In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.'


These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.  


But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. 


Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you eternal life. 


Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear –


hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.


To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence


without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority,


through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen."



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Dear soul,

Do you have the assurance that if you were to die today,

you'll be in the presence of the Lord in Heaven?

Death for a believer is but a doorway that opens into eternal life.

 

Those who fall asleep in Jesus

shall be reunited with their loved ones in heaven.

Those you've laid in the grave in tears,

you shall meet them again with joy!

Oh, to see their smile and feel their touch...

never to part again!

 

Yet, if you don't believe in the Lord, you're going to hell.

There is no pleasant way to say it.

 

The Scripture says,

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

                  ~ Romans 3:23

 

"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."

                  ~ Romans 10:9

 

Don't fall asleep without Jesus

until you are assured of a place in heaven.

 

Tonight, if you would like to receive the gift of eternal life

first you must believe in the Lord.

You have to ask for your sins to be forgiven

and put your trust in the Lord.

To be a believer in the Lord, ask for eternal life.

There's only one way to heaven and that's through the Lord Jesus.

That's God's wonderful plan of salvation.

 

You can begin a personal relationship with Him

by praying from your heart a prayer such as the following:

 

"Oh God, I'm a sinner.

I've been a sinner all of my life.

Forgive me, Lord.

I receive Jesus as my Savior.

I trust Him as my Lord.

Thank you for saving me.

In Jesus' name, Amen."


If you have never received the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior,

but have received Him today after reading this invitation, please let us know.

We would love to hear from you. Your first name is sufficient.

 

"Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved"

              ~ Acts 2:21b

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Come, everyone who thirst, come to the waters...

            ~  Isaiah 55:1a


Jesus said unto her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,

but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.

The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

           ~ John 4:13,14


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God's Simple Plan of Salvation in Various Languages:

How Do I Become a Christian - Receive Jesus as My Savior


Now That I'm Saved, What's Next?


Now that you have believed the Gospel:

that Christ died for your sins

according to the Scripture,

was buried and raised on the third day

according to the Scripture (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

and have asked Jesus Christ

to forgive you of your sins,

what should you do next?


The first thing you need to do is to get a Bible

if you do not already have one.

There are a number of accurate,

easy to understand modern translations.

Then develop a systematic plan for Bible reading.

You wouldn't start any other book in the middle

and then hop from place to place,

so don't do it with the Bible.

The Bible is a collection of 66 books.

For of them, called Gospels,

tell about the life of Jesus.

I would encourage you to read all four of them

in this order, Mark, Luke, Matthew and John

and then read through the

rest of the New Testament.


The second thing you need to do

is to begin praying on a regular basis.

Praying is just talking to God,

and while you do need to be respectful,

you do not need to use special language.

The Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13

    is a great pattern for praying.

Thank God for what He has done for you.

Admit it to Him when you sin

and ask Him to forgive you.

(He promises that He will.)

And ask God for the things you need.


The third thing that you need to do

is to find a good church.

Good churches teach that the entire Bible

is God's Word, talk about why Jesus

died on the cross, and are full of good people

whose lives are being changed

by their relationship with God.

The most obvious evidence that a person is in

a life changing relationship with Jesus Christ

is how they treat people.


Jesus said,

"By this all men will know that you are my disciples,

if you love one another." - John 13:35

If the church has Bible studies or Sunday School

classes for new Christians, try to attend.


There are many exciting things to learn

as you get to know God better.

God has plans for you.

Jesus said

"I have come that they may have life,

and have it to the full."

God "has given us everything we need for life

and godliness through our knowledge of Him.

who called us by His own glory and goodness."

2 Peter 1:3


As you read your Bible,

pray and get involved in a good church,

God will begin to change your life in ways

that you never dreamed were possible and

fill you with love and joy

and peace and real purpose.


May God bless you as you follow Him.


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