‘From Eden … to the Cross!’
A recent survey asked people if they believed in hell, and about 60% said they believed in some kind of punishment after death. Yet few are willing to believe that many people go there! Those who believe there is a “heaven,” more than 80%, believe almost everyone goes there, and 60% of those who claim to be Christians believe other faiths lead to heaven. What this survey, and others like it, reveal is that most people are confused about what happens after death. It is understandable that those who do not believe the Bible would be confused, but why do so many who claim to be Christians reject the idea of an eternal hell and believe that those who don’t know Jesus will still go to heaven? In large part, it is because they don’t know the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!! Having been taught that “God is LOVE!” they imagine a wide road leading to eternal life … a road with many entry points. Jesus said otherwise! He said there is a narrow gate that leads to a narrow road, and this road leads to life; but there is a wide gate that leads to a wide road, and this road leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). Jesus taught that there is eternal life and eternal punishment, and that HE came to give LIFE to those whom the Father had given Him. As the world around us today continues to rush toward the coming judgment of the God they do not know, God reveals Himself as the holy and just God, offering hope and security to those who draw near to Him through His Son Jesus Christ!! To know God’s love in sparing you through the gift of His Son is to know He is with you always, and that He will never leave you. Here is where hope and security are found!!