Condemnation: Who Will Be Damned?

Image result for HellA common topic often brought up by non-believers and those in other religions to Christians is about damnation. Am I going to Hell? Did my grandma go to Hell? How can I be saved and not go to Hell? Many people fervently ask this question for the simple reason, no one wants to spend the rest of eternity in the most painfully agonizing place in universal existence. Jesus Himself said that there will be cry and grinding of teeth (from agony no doubt) in Hell, Luke 13:28. With all of this Hell going around what is the benefit of becoming a Christian? This question is answered repeatedly throughout the bible most notably so by Jesus.

3Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again,a you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” 4“What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” 5Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.b 6Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.c 7So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘Youd must be born again.’ – John 3

Jesus goes on to say…Related image

 14And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up (on a cross), 15so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life (avoid Hell and go to a better place). – John 3

All of this brings us to one of the most noted scriptures in modern biblical history which is the very next verse, verse 16… “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

Plainly put, if you believe in Jesus than you will have eternal life. Now this seems way too easy right and understandably so. When you rob a bank, believing in justice doesn’t get you out of prison. If you say nasty words to your wife, husband, best friend, parent or child, simply believing in kindness won’t remove the hurt from their heart. With this believing in Jesus and that He is the son of God that died on a cross doesn’t seem like it would be enough to wipe all of your sins away. The bible literally exclaims that ALL of your sins, lies, every wrong-doing of the past will be forgiven by God and God will utterly forget them all when you believe in Jesus. Paul in Romans puts it like this…

1So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8

No condemnation, meaning God will not condemn or send to Hell anyone who believes in Christ Jesus, this is what belong to means in this verse. This seems unfathomable that murderers can even be forgiven if they become believers in Christ Jesus. If you are like me than you are looking for a caveat. Well there is a caveat! Yesterday we discussed how you can’t live in daddy’s house and not follow daddies rules and that the blessings of living under the protective shelter of God is that you get to rest in God’s peaceful shadow. God’s shelter is His house and His house has rules, so to get the rest you have to follow the rules. This is applicable here as well. James wrote:

14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? – James 2

This simply means that if you believe Jesus is the Christ than your behavior should reflect this belief, for example, if you believe kissing your spouse in the mornings before you go to work will make your spouse very happy, but you never do it at what point is it ok for your spouse to conclude that you either don’t truly believe that or simply don’t care enough about them to do it? God says if you love me, than love your neighbors, help the poor, be gentle, humble and kind. If you do not live a life following these principles at what point is it ok for God to conclude that you truly do not believe in Jesus or you simple don’t care enough about Him to do these things?

Faith and having Faith is great, but never forget that…

14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? – James 2

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