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To Those Who Are Falling
To Those Who Are Falling
Religion often stirs up controversy among those who have strong opinions regarding spiritual matters. Why does religion even matter? Why can't we just live out our lives, doing whatever we want to do?
Most people agree that we need to have laws to protect innocent people from those who break laws. They also agree that those who break laws should be punished. The fact is that many laws are connected to religion, and those who break those laws commit sins.
People sin everyday, even though most of them are not considered criminals. Some of the sins people commit are not illegal and yet they are still wrong. These sins may have been illegal at one time, but have been down-played so much, they have become acceptable. Still, many illegal acts are committed by people who don't receive the punishment they deserve. Usually a good lawyer can get them off with a light sentence, probation, or paying a fine.
Suppose someone commits murder, and he or she goes to trial. If found guilty, what is the worst punishment that person could receive? That would be the death penalty; and, depending on the situation, it would be death by lethal injection, electric chair, firing squad, etc. In any event, this "punishment" would only take a few moments. Actually, most of the time, these murderers just get some easy prison time, and many times get paroled and released early.
The biggest problem is that people are becoming more sinful, and many are becoming criminals. It starts early; children are mistreated and many become violent. Many of them are neglected children who eventually join gangs, get involved with illegal drugs, and commit violent acts against others. Sometimes these children get straightened out, but often they end up in prison or they get killed. What can be done to help them from falling into a criminal lifestyle?
We live in a dangerous world, where sin is the problem. Should we blame God? After all, He created us. But did He create us to sin and commit crimes? No, people choose to do that. Many don't even believe in God.
Could it be that atheists don't believe in God because they don't want to be accountable to Him for their sins? Maybe they just want a world where everyone fends for themselves until they die. These ideas only contribute to the danger in the world. The world, as terrible as it is, would be much worse without God.
We are less able to handle sin and corruption in the world now than ever before. Sin leads to crime and crime is increasing. Many people are quick to blame this on others. For those who are criminals, the punishment is usually inadequate when they get caught. That doesn't help deter the crime problem.
Fortunately, most people are not criminals, and they try to live the right way. Many of them even try to help solve problems caused by crime. This, however, seems to be an impossible task.
We can't solve the problems of sin; therefore, God must intervene. Many believe in God, and that He has a plan to save us from destruction. Many of those believers are Christians who are actively trying to help those who are falling because of sin. All too often, however, some Christians have a self-righteous attitude, and are judgmental toward those they are trying to help.
Christians should try to help those who are falling to their destruction, and not try to prove they are right. Instead of criticizing them, they should try to help because they care about them. Many people reject the truth; perhaps because they don't understand it. Christians should not condemn or judge them; they should instead try to help them understand the truth. This may help those who are falling to make better choices, and find the way to eternal life. If not, they could end up being destroyed.
We are all sinners; therefore, no one should judge others who sin. God will intervene and judge the world someday. For now, those who believe in God should not be pointing fingers of accusation; instead they should be offering helping hands to those who are falling.
Help will be on the way soon. Jesus will return someday. No one, except God, knows when that will be. But when Jesus does return, He will take all Christians to Heaven. Even Christians who have died will be resurrected and go with Him. Those who are not Christians will remain on earth, and will have to endure the tribulation of the last days. This is part of the punishment for their sins. If, during this tribulation, they decide to follow the antichrist, then they will fall to their destruction.
What is the truth? We are all sinners and cannot save ourselves from destruction. God has a plan to save us from destruction. If you don't believe in God, then you will be destroyed. If God has not forgiven your sins, then you will be destroyed.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and He suffered and died for our sins. If you believe in Him as your savior, you will be saved. You won't be perfect and you'll still make mistakes. But if you follow the Ten Commandments, and study the Bible, you'll be on your way to perfection and eternal life.
What is the punishment for sin? The Bible tells us in the following verse:
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans, Chapter 6, Verse 23)
We die because of sin, but Christians have the hope of being resurrected to eternal life by believing in Jesus Christ as their savior.
What happens to those who don't believe in Jesus Christ as their savior? When Jesus returns, non-believers who have died will remain in their graves, and those who are alive will remain on earth during the tribulation. Some of these non-believers will turn to Jesus during the tribulation and be saved. Others will be killed during the tribulation and at the Battle of Armageddon, which will end the time of tribulation on earth. At this time, all the unsaved people will have died.
What will happen to those who are saved? Those who had gone to Heaven will return with Jesus to do battle with the Antichrist and his army of unsaved people. This will be the Battle of Armageddon, when the Antichrist and his army will be killed.
After the Battle of Armageddon, Jesus and Christians will live in peace on the earth for the next one-thousand years, called the Millennium. Satan, the devil, and his demons will be confined to an Abyss where they will no longer be able to tempt Christians to sin. For Christians, this will be a wonderful time.
During the Millennium, many will be born. Some of them, when they become adults, will not accept Jesus as their Lord. At the end of the Millennium, Satan will be released from his prison. He will gather those who don't accept Jesus to make war against Jesus and Christians. But as they approach the city where the Christians live, they will be killed with fire from God. Then Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire and destroyed.
What will happen to the unsaved? All the unsaved who had died will be resurrected to be judged on Judgment Day. They will be judged by what they had done in their lifetime. If their names are not found in the Book of Life, they will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. This will be their final punishment.
How long will the final punishment last? This is a controversial subject for which there are three main views. One view says that God does not exist; therefore, there is no final punishment for sin. Those who believe this think that we are not accountable for our sins. But if we are not accountable, and we die because of sin, then we have no hope of living eternally.
A second view says that God does exist. It says that we are accountable for our sins, and that there is a final punishment for sin. But if God forgives you for your sins, then you will receive eternal life, and not receive the final punishment. This view says that the final punishment will be spending eternity by burning in Hell, or the Lake of Fire. But if you are alive in Hell or the Lake of Fire, then you would not be dead.
What happens to a person who is cremated? Their body is burned to ashes. Someone who is thrown into a fire would eventually die and be burned to ashes. However, many believe that a person's soul is immortal; and when an unsaved person is thrown into the fire, that person's soul will not die. But the body is part of the soul; the other part is the breath of life from God. When the breath returns to God, the body dies and the soul dies.
The Bible tells us in the following verse:
The Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living soul.
(Genesis, Chapter 2, Verse 7)
The Bible tells us the wages of sin is death, not eternal life in a fire. Even man's idea of the worst punishment is death. Could you imagine someone getting the death penalty, being strapped into an electric chair, and feeling the pain from the electricity for eternity? This would be worse than death, but what man would sentence another to such an unfair judgment? Because God is perfect, would His judgment be so unfair as to send someone into a fire and suffer the pain for eternity?
A third view is similar to the second view, except that the final punishment for the unsaved will be death by being thrown into Hell, or the Lake of Fire, and being burned up. These unsaved people will have fallen from a worldly life to their death. They will be destroyed and never again have the the possibility of eternal life through Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior.
Those who are saved should give warning about the consequences of sin to those who are falling. This world will come to an end someday, even if God does not intervene. The problems caused by sin are unsolvable by human beings. Without God, and the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, we can only fall to our destruction. But with God and His Son who died to save us, we have the hope of eternal life, a life of happiness in a perfect new world.
From the Bible:
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but so that the world through Him might be saved." (John, Chapter 3, Verse 17)
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