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A question I've seen and heard many times. Often used to justify a sin.

People mistakenly seem to think that because Jesus' sacrifice on the cross was sufficient to clean our sins, we are forever saved regardless of what we do. His sacrifice wasn't meant to take away our sins so we could keep living a sinful life, walk away from His righteous ways and still somehow get to heaven. He sacrificed Himself for us to ensure that even if we sin, we can have the hope of being redeemed, of being forgiven and saved, if we accept our mistakes and ask forgiveness.

"He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed." ~1 Peter 2:24

Nowadays, people want to be saved, but they don't want to repent. Repentance is: "To change one's mind. A change of heart, that involves turning away from sin" (Ezekiel 14:6)

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." ~ 1 John 1:9

God wants us to repent, to change. (Acts 3:19).
We confess because we admit and acknowledge we are sinning, and we repent because we know we have to change our ways. And when we change our hearts and mind about sin, a change in behavior will naturally result.

But the desire to repent is a result of the goodness of God.  (Romans 2:4), so without Him, we can't achieve anything (John 15:5). Don't try to change by your own strength, because you will fail and you'll be discouraged and disappointed. Pray and ask God for help and He will change your heart.

I don't need to change, He accepts me as I am.



True.

You come to Jesus just as you are. Unclean, broken, scarred etc. He will accept you, because He loves you. But once you meet Him, you won't be the same anymore. He will renew your heart. You will be born again.

People seem to forget that if they truly accept Jesus, they will let Him work on their lives; they will have a desire of 'walking away from sin' and pursuing a godly life. If you accept Christ, but still want to leave your life unchanged, you're not actually accepting Him into your life and heart. You're just accepting the idea of believing in Him.

Believing in Jesus is not just 'knowing' He exists. Even devils believe (James 2:19) and they won't get to heaven.  Believing in Jesus implies something much more than that.

Believing means: to have faith, confidence, and trust. We must believe that He IS (Hebrews 11:6), He is the Alpha and Omega, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8) The great I AM (Exodus 3:14). He is all powerful and He can clean what's unclean, He can fix what's broken, and He can heal any wound.

When you get to know Jesus, you know the wonderful things He can do in your life. And you know He can change your life for the better and you'll want that change.

God wants us to go to Him (Matthew 11:28), because He wants to give us a new spirit and heart.
"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." ~ Ezekiel 36:26

It's not in my control



Our sinful nature hates everything that has to do with God and His perfect ways. We are in a constant fight. While we're trying to get closer to Him, our nature is trying to go the other way.

"For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish." ~ Galatians 5:17

We have to be able to control that sinful nature. How? Starving it.
If we don't feed our nature with sinful actions, it won't have the strength to control us.

It's not our fault that we are born with a sinful nature, but we are responsible for the actions we take with it. We have to make a decision: to sin, or not to sin. We have to choose if we want to be saved or not.

So the excuse of: "It's not my fault, why would He send me to hell for something I can't control?" is invalid!  (and erroneous)

You are not in control of how, when, where, etc. you're born, but only you have the control of choosing what you want to do with your life. You can take the wheel or let sin drive for you.

"So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh" ~ Galatians 5:16

We can choose to walk in the Spirit. We can choose to let God change us, giving us a new spirit and a new heart. We can choose to accept His sacrifice and be dead to sin. (Romans 6:5-11). You have the control to make that choice.

God doesn't take away our salvation; we give it up, with our actions.
People that get arrested often get angry and take grudges with the cops that imprisoned them. It's not the cop's fault. They're behind bars because they broke the law. They chose to give up their freedom. Likewise, it's not God's fault, it's ours. He did everything that was on His power so we could be saved (He did what we could not do); now it's our turn to accept that salvation.

The right question should be: why would I choose the lake of fire instead of a loving God?

What do you love more, your sins or God? God loves us and because of that, He will respect our decision. He won't force the gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8) on us.
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” ~ 1 Timothy 2:3-4

This is an old short piece I wrote months ago. I finally decided to submitted.

It's short and simple.

Don’t comment if you’re gonna be rude and disrespectful.

God bless :heart:




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Jayceel Featured By Owner May 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
the way I always saw it was Jesus gave us a way to get the way to heaven we take or we leave it, we leave it  satan drags us down there...(blunt terms I know its more complicated than that but I'm a little too tired right now)
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BraveSwordTactitian Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
"If God loves me then why would He send me to Hell?"

Because he isn't a loving God. There is no way around it. Hell is not a place of love; it is a place of eternal suffering. An all-loving and merciful being would never send any living soul into a hell, even the devil itself, because it's nothing more than useless punishment. Suffering for suffering's sake. Hell is not love. If your god created it then he is not love.
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Nilopher Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It’s easy to accommodate love to what we want it to be. According to us, because God is love He can’t do this or that. If God doesn’t agree with our lifestyle surely He is not a loving God because a loving God would let me be happy whatever way I want.  

Yes, God is love (1 John 4:8), but He is also consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). He is holy and because of that He will cleanse the earth from sin. When that time comes sin will be eradicated from the universe, those who don’t repent will have everlasting death and those who repent will have everlasting life. There’s a reaction to every action. God love is unconditional (Romans 5:8), and eternal (Psalm 136:1). His love is unchanging and He will not love less those who perish in the lake of fire.


Also, my view on hell is not the one I think you’re referring to. God hasn’t “created” a hell, nor will it burn forever. The same question applies: ‘would a loving God watch part of His creation burning forever in pain?’ No. He promised eternal life to those who repent; and logically those who don’t repent will receive eternal death.  


These are my views of hell:

I don’t know where the eternal hell comes from, but it’s not biblical. The eternal fire burns as long as there’s something to burn, the fire is eternal but the materials that are burning (cities like Edom, Sodom and Gomorrah, the wicked people, Satan and His angels) are not eternal. So the eternal fire will stop burning when it finishes its mission: to destroy sin.
Malachi 4:1-3 says: That will leave them neither root nor branch, they shall be ashes
“What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.~ Nahum 1:9
Revelation 22:3 says: there shall be no more curse.
And if you look in Revelation. Hell, that is the Lake of fire (Revelation 20:15) will be on top of the earth. (Revelation 20:9). How can it burn forever if is in this earth that we will live after sin is destroyed? (Revelation 21:1-5).
No, the un-saved won’t burn forever. Because they won’t receive God’s gift of eternal life. “The wages of sin is death. But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”~Romans 6:23.
If they burn forever, that means they’ll live forever, meaning that they will also receive eternal life, a gift that the bible clearly says will be only for those who go to heaven.

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riceXyummy Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amen!!
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Nilopher Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:) :tighthug:
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naruhinalover3 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This changes the way I think as a Christian I always gets questions like this.This really gives me something to think about
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
this too is nicely researched and good use of the Scriptures is made. in Reveleation 20:14 and again at Revelatin 21:8, John (under inspiration) states clearly what the "lake of fire" means, or symbolizes. it is the "second death." in other words, those who are judged as irreformable by God's appointed judge, Jesus, will never have the privilege of enjoying life again for all eternity. they will remain forever dead, the dust of the ground (Genesis 3:19; Eccleiastes 9:5-10; John 11:11-14). in Jesus' day the greek word mistranslated as hell in many Bibles is actually hades, which root definaition is simply "the abode of the dead." it is a SYMBOLIC place to which all the dead go, awaiting a future resurrection. the word mistranslated as "hellfire" in many Bibles is actually the hebrew word "Gehenna" or "valley of Hinnom." this was a real place located outside of Jerusalem that was used as the city garbage dump, and refuse there was burned with fire and sulphur. sometimes, the bodies of dead, heinous criminals were thrown there to symbolize their unworthiness of a resurrection. Jesus frequently used illustrations in his teaching, things the people of his day were familiar with. hence, he used Gehenna as a SYMBOL of everlasting death, from which no resurrection is possible. the idea that the God of love (1 John 4:8) would burn, torture, or torment souls or bodies in everlasting fire is clearly a teaching of the devil, and is slanderous and blasphemous of our Creator
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Nilopher Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for this late reply ^^;

Thanks for reading and for the comment :tighthug: :nod: Yes, I also think that an eternal hell would immortalize sin in the universe, and that wouldn't make sense with Jesus' sacrifice. :) I was doing an article about hell and my laptop crashed jaja and it was lost :/

God bless :heart:
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
keep up the good work!
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Brisingr-Arget Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the double post, but this is a question that I kep asking, mostly to myself and my mom.

Is belief in God essential? Does lack of belief guarantee damnation?

Of these, faith, hope, and love, the greatest is love. I forget from which part of the Bible this is.

Basically, I keep interpreting this as as long as one truly loves (to the Greeks, this word is Agape) and acts on that love, then does whether one believes in God or not truly matter?

I keep contemplating these things. Not everyone is exactly willing to believe in God and I've met a few. One is my classmate.

But I find no correlation between belief in a divine being and doing the right thing. What I do find, however, is that people do noble things (even atheists) for the sake of an ideal they believe in. So while they may not have faith in God, they have faith in the ideal.

This is something I'd like to discuss with you, as, well, my own faith is shaky at the moment.
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