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Heaven and Hell

January 22, 2017

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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.      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 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.      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”  refer to the spiritually dead  and the “living”  are 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 questions is,  how should we  be applying this truth  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 say,  “Hallelujah!     God proves His word.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

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

Psalm 18:30

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

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

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

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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