DeleteLast week, we began studying about the choice each person has to make if they want to go to heaven. The thoughts are continued this week.
Some do not even believe in God. David wrote, “The fool hath said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). They reject the evidence they see each day and choose to believe a theory of how man evolved from an ape. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). The Apostle Peter wrote concerning those who “doubt” God’s word, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of his coming?’ For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the Earth standing out of the water and in the water, whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished. But the heavens and the Earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. The Earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (2 Peter 3:3-10).
God gave his word to man that man might come to understand God’s love and God’s terms for forgiveness. James wrote, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22).
Those who refuse to listen and obey God now one day will find that God will not listen to them. “Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 7:13). Luke told of one who ignored God during his lifetime and realized too late what he had done. “And in hell, he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom, and he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us that would come from thence’” (Luke 16:23-26).
You must decide for yourself about God. Open the Bible, read, study and obey God’s will. Eternity is too long to be wrong.
Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series.