There is no greater gift in this world that I can give you than in sharing with you the good news of the life-transforming gospel, the good news of Christ Jesus and what He accomplished for you on Calvary’s cross. By His sacrificial death on the cross, He forgave you of all your sins – past, present and future and is now reconciling you to God; opening the way into the presence of your Creator by demonstrating to the world the indispensable and glorious fact that God loves man and wants to have that relationship with man. This is why God created us in the first place before sin and spiritual death entered into the picture when Adam and Eve were deceived by God’s adversary, Satan; into disobeying God.
Does religion matter? Well, it really doesn’t. It’s not about buildings, denominations, rules, traditions or ceremonies – it’s all about a true relationship with the God of the universe through His Son, Christ Jesus. There’s really no “religion” to it! Just true faith from the heart in Christ Jesus and what He accomplished for you on Calvary’s cross. It’s all of what He did for you and not anything you will do; you can just cling to His rightousness. (Please read Rom. 8:8-11; 2 Cor. 5:21)
Let me ask you: Have you ever thought about the eternal destiny of your soul? You haven’t! Then, let me give you some biblical facts. Jesus said, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul (Mark 8:36-37)?
Jesus was conveying to us the great importance of the value of the individual soul which is beyond the worth of money or possessions.
What good are the influential friends, all the popularity, fame and riches when your body is 6 feet under the sod and your soul is burning and being tormented night and day for all eternity in a place reserved for Satan and his demons called Hell or Lake of Fire. ( Rev. 20: 10)
Your soul/spirit is eternal and long after your body is dead, your soul/spirit will live on eternally in either Heaven or Hell. (See Ecclesiastics 12:7) Every human being is on a journey to eternity. There can be no turning back and no way to miss this appointment.
The Bible says, “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment (Heb. 9:27).” The sad thing is to face death alone without God, and then to be judged and doomed to eternal torment forever because of rejecting the Savior, Christ Jesus. We know that physical death is a certainty and so is God’s judgment that follows. Your eternal salvation is the most important thing in this life. It doesn’t matter what you‘ve accomplished if you lose your soul in Hell; you lose it all. There is nothing in this world that is worth losing your soul for. Your soul is worth more than the whole world and everything in it. Your soul is the part of you that is going to live on forever and ever throughout all eternity. Jesus says concerning eternity, “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life (Matt.25:46).”
Both Heaven and Hell will last forever and ever (Matthew 25:46). Both are eternal and everlasting. The vast majority of people are living their lives as though they don’t believe there is going to be an eternity. Satan has deceived and lulled these people into a state of complacency. Scripture clearly states, “For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ (Rom. 14:10).” Every one of us have two appointments that have already been made for us and that we will definitely keep. These two appointments: physical death and God’s judgment cannot be canceled – we will keep them. The Bible says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end is the way of death (Proverbs 14:12).” Our feelings are not a safe guide, but only the Bible is. We must not make an error concerning our eternal salvation and following what “seems right” to us, or that we “feel in our hearts we are saved.”
We will not have a second chance on the Day of Judgment to make things right. You have to get it right in this life. We are told in Amos 4:12, “Prepare to meet your God.” On Judgment Day we will be either prepared or unprepared. Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. We cannot hope or wish our way into Heaven. Life is all about choices! Choose wisely as your eternal destination will be determined by the decisions you make. Love Oscar