It saddens me that people would rather follow a certain “religion” than to research for themselves to find out if they are being taught the truth by their leaders.
God has given us the truth through the Holy Bible. Why has this Book been the biggest seller of all time for all these years? Why do you think God left this Book for us? It certainly wasn’t so we could press dried flowers or keep the family’s genealogy!
When Jesus was praying to His Heavenly Father, He said:
~John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
It is up to us to read and study the Word of God so we can think for ourselves and make up our own minds – not rely on someone else to direct us. Your parents probably quoted you the old saying:
If your friends jump off a bridge, will you jump too?
It’s the same concept. Men boast of much knowledge. However, God says to study the Bible so you can be approved by Him, not man.
~2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
In turn, studying the Bible is not just for the intellectual. God wrote it in such a way that even a child can understand it. You can’t shove that responsibility onto a friend. You can’t depend on your church leaders to have all the answers. Doing so is repeating the errors of the Dark Ages. It was during this time that the Bible was forbidden to be read by common man – hence, the title “Dark Ages” was labeled for the time period. How appropriate it is, indeed!
I would rather be wrong on this issue of studying the Bible for ourselves and have spent hours in the Bible – for, truly, what have I lost??? A mere few hours a week on reading? I don’t want to be so pig-headed that I have not studied it out for myself – then only to find out when it’s too late that I was wrong.
If someone has been reaching out to you about salvation, why hesitate? What possibly could be so wrong with desiring to be more Christ-like? What can be so wrong with desiring to spend eternity with God? That’s all that God wants for you! But there’s a cost – that cost is repentance, which is exactly what most people do not want to do. They want to continue living their lives with their pet sins rather than repent and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Without Him, there is no entrance into Heaven. His way is not a prayer-ette. His way is not good deeds (although good deeds are a byproduct after salvation). His way is repentance and accepting His word on the cross as sufficient for our salvation!
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus is the only way to Heaven – nothing else and no one else can add to what He has done for us.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
You may think you are good enough to get into Heaven but how “good is good”? What’s the criteria? Do you think your good works are on one side of the scale and your sins are on the other and whichever one weighs more will decide where you will spend eternity? If you were to live 70 years and commit only one sin per day, you would have committed 25,550 sins at the end of 70 years!
If not ONE mere sin can enter Heaven, how do you expect 25,550 sins will be “good enough” to let you in?
Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
The bottom line is this: What will we say when we stand before God? Will we give the excuse that we left the “spiritual” matters of life to our minister or priest? The Apostle Paul said in the above verse that we are to study for ourselves so we can be approved unto God.
What will your answer be when God asks you why you didn’t read the Bible? What will you answer when He asks you why you chose not to repent and be saved the way the Bible says? What will you answer when you say that you chose to listen to your church leaders than to listen to God’s Word? Please think about what you are doing, dear reader! Eternity is a very long time and our time on this earth is very short in comparison. Don’t delay!