Hope for a better future
Too much pain for too
long? Looking for a way out?
Are you disappointed
with how things are going in life? As you know taking
pills and bad relationships do not improve things. Pills are easy to swallow
but they do not provide a lasting remedy.
Even suicide is no guarantee of improvement and most likely will
increase your pain ... dramatically.
Life is too short and
eternity is too long to keep doing the same thing over and over
and expect a different result.
Are you willing to address root causes to gain lasting solutions?
There is a lot of
text on this page, but your future well-being is worth your
time to read it!
First we need to
realize that we are eternal souls
inside temporal bodies. Our Creator wants us to be free of
the pain of this world. If we are not
right with Him, that can cause all kinds of problems. Our Creator
wrote a love letter to humanity. It's called the Bible. The
Bible tells us,
is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way
of suffering occurs because we lack knowledge. Our Creator
does not want us to suffer for lack of knowledge. But if we
to neglect His ways outlined in the Bible, we will suffer. Now
is the time to gain the knowledge of the Bible and gain the
blessings our Creator has in store for us.
Jesus told us:
"The thief comes only to steal and
kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it
Do you know where you will spend eternity? Are you
going to make it into heaven or is there a chance you
might end up in hell?
on us when we genuinely want to learn about Him and His ways.
Ignoring Him is not a good idea. Many
people have their own beliefs about God and how to get right with
Him. God doesn't
adapt His ways to conform to our beliefs any more than parents
conform to their children's beliefs. Assumptions and wishful
thinking are among the worst ways to conclude anything about
anyone, especially God. We need to learn
what God says about Himself. In this
age of political correctness and moral relativism, God has not
changed. Moreover He has
the final say in everything. Let's take
a look at what God has to tell those who make incorrect
assumptions about Him.
the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: “Who is
this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare
yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.
“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me,
if you have understanding.
Chapters 38-42 of the book of Job in the Bible are rich with verses that
establish God's authority and gives people a better perspective of
Then the LORD said to Job, "Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it. Then Job answered the LORD and said, Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You? I lay my hand on my mouth."
1 Corinthians 2:14 The
natural person does not accept the things of the
Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is
not able to understand them because they are
Because of the above
Bible verse it would be good for you to now pray this
short prayer: Father in Heaven, please have Your
Holy Spirit give me understanding of Your Bible
verses and to increase my faith in You. In Jesus'
name, thank You.
It is vain
for us to expect not to be held accountable for our sins or that
they are insignificant in comparison to the sins of criminals who
make the news. People are not God's standard for
righteousness ... Jesus is.
all our sins
"... for there is nothing concealed that will not be
revealed, or hidden that will not be known."
the wages of our sin?
For the wages of sin is death
[hell]; but the free gift of God is
eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Our Universal Dilemma
We don't need to go
too far down the list of the Ten Commandments to learn
we are guilty of sin. For example: Thou shall not use
the Lord's name in vain. Honor your mother and father.
Thou shall not commit adultery/fornication. Thou shall
not steal. Thou shall not lie. Sin separates us from a
perfect and Holy God. Lying to God about our innocence
is not an option to get into heaven.
If someone has the cure for cancer and keeps it to
them self, the world would call them cruel. But
humanity has a greater and more universal problem than
cancer. It is sin. Sin is what keeps us out of God's
sinless heaven and condemns us to sinful hell. And
Jesus warned us that more people are ending up in hell
Matthew 7: 13-14
"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is
wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction
[hell], and there are many who enter through it.
For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads
to life [heaven], and there are few who find
think we get into heaven by being a good person. But how
good is good enough? If someone were to compare us to repeat
offenders in prison, we
would compare favorably. But if our works were to be compared to
Sister Theresa of Calcutta, we would fall far short. And is Sister
Theresa good enough to stand before a perfect and Holy God and
proudly state I am so good that I deserve heaven for eternity? At what point does God say,
enough, you no longer need to worry about your eternal destiny?"
The fact is,
if being good is the criteria for making it into heaven, nobody
can know before they die how much good is good enough to make it.
The following Bible verses make it clear that salvation is not earned by
doing good works, but is a free gift of God.
all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment....
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and
this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works,
so that no one can boast.
the law and stand before a judge you need to break only one law to be found guilty, suffer the penalty
and be labeled a convict ... right?
It is the same with God's laws. Just because we don't regularly commit the
worst sins, we are not innocent.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
stand before a judge who knows you, you get a pass [assuming
he/she doesn't disqualify himself]. He/she will not
judge you and convict you. It is the same with Jesus. He is our Judge and He
passes on condemning His own.
even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to
the Son, so that all will honor the Son
even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does
not honor the Father who sent Him. "Truly, truly, I say to you, he
who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life,
and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into
Christians who are so in name only (not by practice) and
unbelievers have something in common. They both have a secret
fear that the Bible might be true. Today with easy access to
Bibles and people who are willing to share their knowledge of the Bible,
there is no excuse before God to not perform your due diligence to investigate this
issue. It is safer to believe the Bible than not to. If the Bible is wrong, Christians
lose nothing. If the Bible
is right, those who do not obey it, lose everything.
From everyone who has been given much, much will be required ..."
Some people believe that upon
physical death, their soul simply ceases to exist. This is a minority
opinion and is only an opinion. It is not supported on a solid
basis. It contradicts what the souls of most people tell them.
Moreover it contradicts the words of the only One Who came back
from the dead to tell us about it. If souls simply cease to exist
upon death of the body, then life is meaningless and our emotions
are a pathetic waste of energy. But life is not meaningless! God
has a divine purpose for each of us. With logic, reason and a little
faith, eternal life is a more plausible conclusion.
If you do not need all the details for each of the topics
below skim down to the topics most important to you, but keep in mind there is a lot of valuable information in between
the headings. And this web page is shorter than a chapter in your
average book and is more valuable.
Twenty-five+ years ago I
realized that I didn't know where I was going to spend eternity.
Because life is short and eternity is long, there is nothing more important than making sure
we get it into heaven. I then realized that if this is true, then God must have
established a way for us to know before
we die where we will spend eternity. It is not wise to let our
eternal destiny be left to blind chance. I began to try to figure it out on my own, but couldn't.
So I prayed to God that He would show me what I need to do in
order to secure my place in heaven ... before I die.
I began to
read the Bible and became
extremely nervous when I got to John 3:3. There Jesus declares,
"I tell you the truth, no one can see the
kingdom of God unless he is born again."
I immediately knew I was in serious trouble. I was not born again
because nobody told me I needed to be born again. I didn't know
what it was, but knew I needed to find out.
everyone is born physically alive, but spiritually dead. From
birth we are selfish and focus on the physical. God commands us to have a
spiritual birth (the second birth) and to begin focusing on
spiritual and eternal matters.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what
he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that
nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the
Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
people trivialize what often is referred to as the Good News
of the Gospel. Many think they know what it is, yet they can't
explain it. Moreover they have not personalized it.
people think nobody can know before they die whether they will be
sent to heaven or hell. I thought the same until I realized that
is far too important of a matter to be left to chance. Once you arrive at your
eternal destiny it is too late to change course. One hundred years from now
we will be dead. One million years from now our bodies will still
be dead, but our spirits will be alive ... somewhere! What could
possibly be more important, than to know where you will spend all
of eternity? God is too loving to keep that a secret until it's
too late to change course.
How we get sin removed from our record
the cure for sin is accessible to all and is free!
Most people already know these three very important
1. Jesus died
on the cross for our sins
2. Jesus shed
His blood when He was crucified
suffered this painful death voluntarily for us (He did
not have to do this for Himself--He is sinless).
Jesus paid the price for our
sins because we are unable to pay the penalty.
If we could
make it into heaven on our own by doing good things or
by some religious exercises, then Jesus was a fool …
He suffered voluntarily for nothing.
But Jesus is no fool! He paid the greatest price anyone paid for
anything and that is for our souls so we could make it
who ignore this costly gift He is offering to us for free. (Think of how
you would feel toward
who rejects/ignores the most precious gift you
Now you can understand why God is
So how can
we transition from insecurity to eternal security? We do this by
acknowledge that I am a sinner and my sin separates me from
truly repent of my sins and ask You to forgive me of my sins.
confess Jesus is Lord and that You raised Him from the dead. I
receive Jesus' shed blood and resurrection as His payment
for my sins.
4.) I ask
for your Holy Spirit to come into my heart to help me walk the straight
and narrow path that leads to life.
I prayed that prayer, I read: Matthew
10:28 "Do not fear
those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but
rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
Once I knew I was in right standing with God, this verse brought me more peace than anything I ever experienced.
What I am
communicating to you is not new or unique. This is the simple
Gospel message that has been preached for 2000 years all over the
world. This is the
message people lived for and died for. This is the message that
has been banned by many government
promoted by a few government officials. This is the message that stopped people in the midst of
suicide and divorce. This is the message that put families
together and tore them apart. This is the message that converted
people from all sorts of backgrounds: rich, poor, fools, wise,
slaves, kings, queens, prostitutes, alcoholics, drug addicts,
religious fanatics, atheists, but mostly common people.
significance of the blood of Jesus
might remember watching Charlton Heston play Moses in the movie The 10
Commandments. In that movie there is a true scene where the
streets are dark and quiet as the angel of death moves down the
street killing all first born males in homes that do not have the
blood of a lamb sprinkled on the door posts. That was the original
Passover holiday of the Jewish people. The angel did not inquire
about who lived there or about good deeds or bad deeds. He just looked for
the blood of the lamb. Those with the blood of a lamb covering the door posts
were passed over and got to live. Households with no blood covering suffered death.
is another sign pointing to our Messiah (Savior), Jesus Christ. The Bible tells
shedding of blood there is no forgiveness [of sins],
Hebrews 9:22. Just as the blood of an innocent lamb protected Jews
from physical death in Egypt, so too the blood of Jesus (the
innocent and sinless Lamb
of God) protects us from spiritual death.
The Bible tells us that the blood of
Jesus washes our sins away (like a delete key erases the record in
computer file). This means when true Christ followers are
called up to give account at the
Great White Throne
Judgment, their record will have no sin on it because
the blood of Jesus washed it off their
That is HUGE!
Hebrews 13:12 And so Jesus also suffered ... to
make the people holy through his own blood.
Revelation 1:5 And
from Jesus Christ, … Him that loved us, and washed us
from our sins in His own blood,
John 14:6 "Jesus said ..., 'I am the way, and the
truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but
John 3:18 [Jesus speaking] "He who believes in Him
is not judged; he
who does not believe has been judged already, because
he has not believed in the name of the only begotten
Son of God.
Sincerity of Faith
people are quite complacent with the belief system they were born
people think God doesn't care what you believe, as long as you are
devout to your beliefs. Besides the obvious question about how 'devout' is
'devout enough,' we need to ask if God really doesn't care
what people believe or practice.
There is a way
which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
news media occasionally reports on people who have enough faith to
stand before a speeding train and believe with all their heart
that mind over matter will prevail and they will not be hurt. And
many more people believe if they strap a bomb onto themselves and
kill Jews or infidels, they will receive 70 virgins in heaven.
Their devotion to their faith is unquestioned, but
reality sets in upon impact. The Bible is clear that God requires
us to learn about Him, His ways and practice the right things.
Some peopel try to tell us all
religions are equal and they all lead us to heaven. Those who are
informed about the doctrines of the various religions know that is
impossible, because they contradict each other. Religion is man's
way of reaching God. Christianity is God's way of reaching man.
Sounds like a play on words, but this is a very important point
about the uniqueness of the God of the Bible.
years I had hundreds of conversations with people about
"religion." Atheists and people in cults tried to convert me to
their religion. At some Christian events we discuss issues tougher than
most atheists raise. Nothing has shaken my faith. As a matter of
fact, my faith continues to strengthen.
I am a skeptic and do not make hasty
irrational decisions. It has been over 25 years since I accepted
Jesus Christ as my Savior. That was, by far, the most important
and best decision I ever made. Most born-again Christians feel the
same way. Click here to watch
an unrehearsed video of strangers
giving testimonies about their
before and after experiences:
I had something missing
in my life ...
I didn't want to live
It wasn't working out
for me ...
Hope and freedom
worries have all gone away.
[My life now is]
much suffering and evil
people wrestle with the age-old question: If God is good, why is
there so much evil in this world? But when people are asked, "Would you want God to have created you as a robot or as one
with free will?" They consistently respond, "Free will."
As you know, with free
will comes responsibility and consequences. The sin of humanity (not God) is the cause of evil
Adam and Eve only knew good when God created them. They learned
evil only upon eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil (Genesis 2:16--3:24). Now all generations suffer the consequences of
knowing and choosing evil.
need to worry about evil going unpunished. God promised to right
wrongs and reward us for our sufferings (the sufferings are
temporary and the rewards are everlasting). He will also take care of unrepentant sinners
and prevent them from causing us anymore problems.
God hates evil so much, that
He paid the ultimate price to
reconcile us to Him and take us away from all this evil and
suffering. He does not want to condemn us. God wants us to accept
His free offer of eternal life.
It is important for us to realize that God is all loving and all
powerful and that He will bring about His original plan for us
(eternity in paradise with Him, forever and ever!).
not a cheap gift to be disregarded
emotions too. We all heard the saying, "Hell hath no fury like a
woman scorned." If you stand before a judge who loves you and you
return that love, that judge will forgive you or pay your penalty
and let you go free. But if this Judge learns His love for you is
scorned, watch out!
Jesus willingly dying on the cross in
payment for your sins, was the absolute highest price anyone ever
paid for anything! And ... that was for the salvation of your
soul! What can you offer to God in payment for your sins? Can you
think of anything more precious than an only born child? But
children are tainted with sin and are in need of a Savior just
like you do. Jesus is sinless, thus only He is eligible to be our
Savior. To reject this ultimate sacrifice, brings His fury.
But God loves you so much that He
didn't hold back His precious Son, but allowed Him to be our
sacrificial Lamb, so that we could get back on track with His
original plan for our lives (paradise with Him for eternity).
"Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe
in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be
saved. For it is with
your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your
mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture
says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." For there is no
difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all
and richly blesses all who call on him, for, "Everyone who
calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
won't sell both their eyes for $1 billion dollars. The value of
the quality of their temporal life on earth is worth at least that
much to them. Yet so many people will not invest the time and
energy needed to insure their eternal life is spent in heaven. God
wants you to make the right choice and to lift you up above the
majority who are ignoring Him and rejecting Him.
I hope you pray the following
prayer with deep sincerity. If you do, you too can
have the confidence that you are in right standing
with your Creator and will make it into heaven.
1 John 5:13 These things I
have written to you who believe in the name of the Son
of God, so that you may know that you have eternal
Prayer to get right
Dear Father in heaven, I
confess that I am a sinner and my sins have separated
us. I want to be reconciled to You. I ask You to bring
my sins to remembrance so that I may repent of them
and come clean. I sincerely repent of my sins and ask
for Your mercy to forgive me of my sins. I accept
Jesus' crucifixion, His shed blood and resurrection as
His payment for my sins. Now I ask for Your Holy
Spirit to come into my heart to guide my thoughts and
actions. Thank You in the name of the Lord Jesus
"... there is rejoicing in the presence of the
angels of God over one sinner who repents."
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