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Has anybody noticed that if you read through the bible, it has no mentions of getting into heaven after death if you live a good life? It was invented by the leaders of the people thousands of years ago to keep them loyal.

11 Aug 2009, 02:14

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Yes, your correct. Throughout the Bible there is proven time after time that (for Christians) simply doing good here on earth will not earn you anything more in heaven than anyone else. Also, for those who are not Christians, doing good will also not gaurantee you heaven nor anything extra there. It's through grace, because God sent his son to die for the forgiveness of sin in this world. There in lies why Christians go to heaven, because they recieve this free gift from God and let Him transform their lives. Now, I have an analogy to explain the whole reason why any Christian would not want to sin. Veterans. Why do we remember and pay respect to them? Most of us were not there with them when they died defending their country. How about great speakers like Martin Luther King Jr.? Why do we remember him with a national holiday? There is, after all, much better things we can be doing with our time, like work. No, it is not out of our own interests, but out of obligation to demonstrate how much they have made our lives great. God came down in human form and sacrificed himself. He was tortured, mutilated, and abused both verbally and physically. Out of this great sacrifice Christians hold a respect for Christ's sacrifice, not to mention for all that he has created. We make an honest effort not to sin, but ultimately we do and then we have to ask for forgiveness. It's not about us, it's about what he did for us. It's an amazing love.

But why take my word for it? Read the New Testament over again. This time look for God's love, there wouldn't be Christianity without it.

11 Aug 2009, 02:18

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The modern message of the gospel is "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life." However, our idea of "wonderful" and the world’s may be a little different. Take a sinner through the pages of the Book of Acts and show him the terrifying scene of boulders breaking the bones of Stephen. Then smile and whisper, "Wonderful..." Listen together to the sound of a cat-o’-nine-tails as it rips the flesh off the back of the apostle Paul. Follow together the word "suffering" through the Epistles, and see if you can get the world to whisper, "Wonderful!"

After such a ride down Honesty Road, they may think the pleasures of sin are a little more attractive than the call to "suffer affliction with the people of God." John MacArthur said, "We need to adjust our presentation of the gospel. We cannot dismiss the fact that God hates sin and punishes sinners with eternal torment. How can we begin a gospel presentation by telling people on their way to hell that God has a wonderful plan for their lives?"

Who in the world is going to listen if we are so blatantly honest about the Christian life? Perhaps not as many as are attracted by the talk of a wonderful plan. However, the answer to our dilemma is to make the issue one of righteousness, rather than happiness. This is what Jesus did. He used the Ten Commandments to show sinners the righteous standard of God (Luke 10:25,26; 18:18– 0). Once the world sees the perfect standard by which they will be judged, they will begin to fear God, and through the fear of the Lord, men depart from sin (Proverbs 16:6). They will begin to hunger and thirst after the righteousness that is in Jesus Christ alone.

If you study the New Testament you will see that God’s love is almost always given in direct correlation to the cross: herein is love, for God so loved, God commended His love, etc. (See John 3:16; Romans 5:5,6,8; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:4,5; 5:2,25; 1 John 3:16; 4:10; and Revelation 1:5, among others.) The cross is the focal point of God’s love for the world. How can we point to the cross without making reference to sin? How can we refer to sin without the Law (Romans 7:7)?

The biblical way to express God’s love to a sinner is to show him how great his sin is (using the Law—see Romans 7:13; Galatians 3:24), and then give him the incredible grace of God in Christ. This was the key to reaching so many on the Day of Pentecost. They were "devout" Jews who knew the Law and its holy demands, and therefore readily accepted the mercy of God in Christ to escape its fearful wrath. When you use the Law to show the world their true state, get ready for sinners to thank you. For the first time in their lives, they will see the Christian message as an expression of love and concern for their eternal welfare, rather than of merely proselytizing for a better lifestyle while on this earth. Any questions?...I'm here for you.

11 Aug 2009, 02:21
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