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Heaven and Hell

September 24, 2011

Heaven and Hell

There’s an age-old question  that people have debated since the beginning of time.     People want to really know  if there actually is a heaven  and a hell.     And, it’s a very valid question.     After all,  who wants  to be bamboozled  into believing something  that simply  is not true.     Being fooled into a false belief  can really make a person feel  used and degraded.

People of differing faiths  might claim different  “experiences”,  but,  that can’t count as proof.     We just can’t verify  the reality  of their experience.     And, some sound pretty nutty.     So,  we’re still clueless  and it feels troublesome.     That’s why the debate continues today.

We need proof  from a trustworthy eyewitness.     Our whole source  needs to be  trustworthy.     We need  to be fair-minded  in judging  the validity  of the  “eyewitness”,  because,  if we aren’t,  there’s  no sense  in saying anything  one way  or the other.

The  “eyewitness”  to be considered is  Jesus.     Why Him?     He is the trustworthy  eyewitness  because  He is the Savior  that was prophesied  all throughout the Old Testament  by many different  prophets  over thousands  of years.     Those many prophesies  described  intricate details  of His birth,  suffering,  death,  and resurrection.

There is absolutely  no way  anyone  could have faked  the fulfillment  of all those prophecies.     Because  Jesus is the fulfillment of prophecies,  we should conclude  that He is the promised Savior.     Because  He is our Lord and Savior,  He is sinless  and can only speak the truth.     He can speak the truth  because  He is God  in the flesh.

So,  we listen to His witness  in Matthew 22:23-33.     The Sadducees taught that there is no  heaven  or hell,  so they were trying to trap Jesus  with their line of thinking.     The Pharisees  taught  that there is a heaven  and hell,  but they could not really say  why they believed that.     So, here’s Matthew 22:23-33,

On that day  some Sadducees (who say there is no resurrection)  came to Him  and questioned Him,  saying,  “Teacher,  Moses said,  ‘If a man dies,  having no children,  his brother  as next of kin  shall marry his wife,  and raise up  an offspring  to his brother.’

“Now  there were seven brothers with us;  and the first married  and died,  and having no offspring  left his wife  to his brother;  so also the second,  and the third,  down to the seventh.     And last of all,  the woman died.

“In the resurrection  therefore  whose wife  of the seven  shall she be?     For they all had her.”

But  Jesus answered  and said to them,  “You are mistaken,  not understanding  the Scriptures,  or the power of God.

“For  in the resurrection  they neither marry,  nor are given in marriage,  but are like angels  in heaven.

“But regarding  the resurrection  of the dead,  have you not read  that which was spoken  to you  by God,  saying,  ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM,  AND THE GOD OF ISAAC,  AND THE GOD OF JACOB’?     God is not the God  of the dead  but of the living..”

Jesus quoted  Exodus 3:6  in His reply,  which was in regard  to when God identified  Himself  to Moses  in the burning bush.

Throughout scripture,  the  “dead”  often refers to the spiritually dead,  and the  “living”  refers to those  who put their faith  in the Lord.

What is so marvelous  is that God teaches us  so much  throughout the Bible,  but quite a bit  of the time,  we don’t know  how to pick up  on it.     Neither  the Pharisees  nor Sadducees  knew how to back up their  “feelings”  or doctrines  about heaven  and hell.     They just  continually debated it  and allowed  their feelings  to divide them  into two different sects.

Because Jesus  is God  and obviously knows  what He is teaching  throughout scripture,  we can be  assured  that His word on this subject  is reality.

So,  the next question is,  how should we be applying  this truth  about heaven and hell  to our lives?     What sort of  difference  should this truth  make within us?

As we consider  God’s love  for each  and every one of us,  we can only say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  You prove Your word  for us all  to see.     Shepherd our souls to live for You.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods

Pray for our country

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The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.

Psalm 118:24

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

Psalm 18:30

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

Just as a father has compassion on his children,

So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

O give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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