June 2, 2015
When presented with the simplicity of the gospel message, that salvation, eternal life in heaven, and God’s acceptance, are the gifts of God, freely given to anyone who will make Jesus Christ their Lord and Master, why do people dogmatically, stubbornly, and unreasonably, refuse to believe?
The answer is different for each person, but many simply prefer their lives as they are. They are happy with their life. They find fulfillment in their work, in their social life, or in their hobbies. They are not in need of anything, certainly not a Savior, and they ask what do I need to be saved from? Eternal life is a sketchy, made up thing, so why do I need to worry about it? Is heaven or hell even real?
Others might say that they simply don’t want to give up the way they live their lives. Religion is a bunch of “No’s”, don’t do this, don’t do that, essentially don’t do anything that is fun. I can’t believe in anything that says I can’t be happy.
Still others would say that they don’t like the idea of owing something to a Creator. For if a Creator does exist, and that Creator made them, then that Creator has the sovereign right to establish the absolute truths about right and wrong. He decides what is a sin, and what is righteous behavior, and the social morals of today are not valid. If this is true, then God has the right to decide the path to eternal life, and nothing made up by man will get the job done. It’s God’s way or an eternity in hell.
A large number would probably say that they have their own faith, their own idea on eternal life, and this is just too simple to be true. Nobody does anything for free. You have to earn your way into heaven. Jesus was just a prophet, so who is He to be my Savior?
Jesus was absolutely right when He said:
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
This podcast describes the unrelenting disbelief of the Jews in Jesus Christ as the Messiah and the consequences they face as a result of that disbelief. But this message has just as much application to anyone today who has heard the gospel message of Jesus Christ and they simply refuse to believe it. The Bible declares that eternal life can only come to those who accept God’s free gift of salvation by believing that Jesus Christ is indeed the Son of God, and that He died on cross for all our sins, and that He was bodily resurrected by God. God’s way says that the only path to heaven is through making Jesus Christ your Lord and Master.
The question is, will you believe God or not?