DOES YOUR RELIGION SATISFY
Maybe your religion
satisfies you, but ... DOES IT SATISFY GOD ?
Maybe you think you are not religious or that you do
not have a religion. But you do. We all do. We all have ideas about our reason
for existence and about what happens when we die. Even those who consider
themselves to be atheists have a type of religion - secular humanism. There are
serious eternal consequences for those who trust their souls to religions and
ideas that do not satisfy the living and true God of the Bible...
Man says: "I am not a sinner."
God says: "For all have sinned
and come short of the glory of God." [Romans 3:23]
Man says: "I think I am good enough to go to
God says: "All our righteousnesses
are as filthy rags." [Isaiah 64:6]
Man says: "I may not be perfect, but I'm not that
God says: "He that believeth on
him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already"
Man says: "We are all God's children."
God says: "Many will say to me in
that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have
cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I
profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work
iniquity." [Matthew 7:22-23]
Man says: "I'll get to Heaven MY way."
Jesus says: "I am the way,
the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father but by me." [John
Man says: "All roads lead to Heaven."
God says: "Neither is there
salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven [besides
Jesus Christ] given among men whereby we must be saved" [Acts 4:12]
Man says: "I believe God loves everybody."
God says: "The foolish shall not
stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity." [Psalm
5:5] ... "The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth
violence his soul hateth." [Psalm 11:5]
Man says: "I believe people are basically
God says: "As it is written, There
is none righteous, no, not one" [Romans 3:10] ... "The wicked are
estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking
lies" [Psalm 58:3] ... "The heart is deceitful above all
things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" [Jeremiah 17:9]
Man says: "A loving God would never send anyone to
God says: "And I say unto you my
friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more
that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which
after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear
him." [Luke 12:4-5] ... "And whosoever was not found written in
the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." [Revelation 20:15] ...
"And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they
have no rest day nor night" [Revelation 14:11]
Man says: "I'm not that bad. I never killed
anyone. Lots of people are worse than me."
God says: "And GOD saw that the
wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the
thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." [Genesis 6:5] ... "Because
thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and
knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and
naked" [Revelation 3:17]
Man says: "But I go to church and pray and do good
things for people. That should get me to heaven."
God says: "Howbeit in vain
do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." [Mark
7:7] ... "Making the word of God of none effect through your
tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye." [Mark
7:13] ... "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going
about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto
the righteousness of God." [Romans 10:3]
Man says: "God forgives everybody so long as you
are sorry about what you do wrong."
God says: "Verily, verily, I say
unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
Man says: "Nobody is going to tell me what to
God says: "the Lord Jesus shall be
revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance
on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ"
[2 Thess. 1:7-9]
Man says: "I don't believe any of this."
God says: "the fearful, and the
unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and
sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake
which burneth with fire" [Revelation 21:8]
Man says: "That's just your interpretation."
God says: "Knowing this first,
that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For
the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake
as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." [2 Peter 1:20-21] ... "Shall he
that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? ..." [Job 40:2] ...
"Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye
say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth." [John 9:41]
Man says: "The Bible is just a book. It was
written by men. It can't be trusted."
God says: "All scripture is given
by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness:" [2Timothy 3:16] ...
"let God be true, but every man a liar" [Romans 3:4] ... "The law
of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple" [Psalms 19:7] ... "Thy word is true from the
beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever."
Man says: "I want my fun now. I'll worry about God
God says: "He, that being often
reproved [rebuked, warned] hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed,
and that without remedy." [Proverbs 29:1] ... "Seek ye the LORD
while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:" [Isaiah 55:6]
... "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved."
Man says: "Who cares. All my friends will be in
hell so it will be a big party."
God says: "The Son of man shall
send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that
offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire:
there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." [Matthew 13:41-42] ...
"And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they
have no rest day nor night... " [Revelation 14:11]
How to avoid God's wrath (eternity in Hell):
You must realize that you are a hell-deserving sinner, and
that you cannot possibly do anything at all to rid yourself of your millions of
sins. Only God can enable you to realize the truth about your lost spiritual
condition. God will not accept good deeds, prayers, religious rituals or any
other human effort as payment for sin. From the day that you were born you have
continually violated God's commandments - usually without even realizing it. If
you die in your sins you will have to spend all eternity in Hell in order to pay
for your sins yourself.
Only Jesus Christ could pay the penalty for a person's sins.
By dying on the cross and rising from the dead, Jesus was able to pay for the
sins of all those individuals whom He came to save:
"I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me
there is no saviour" [Isaiah 43:11.] ... "And we have seen and
do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world." [1
Cry out to God to have mercy on your sin-diseased soul
today asking Jesus to be YOUR Saviour and LORD:
"God be merciful to me a sinner."
[Luke 18:13] ... "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great
salvation" [Hebrews 2:3].
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord,
Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my
Father which is in heaven." [Matthew 7:21]
Ask God to give you a new heart, so you will be ready for
heaven and so you will want to obey God the way the Bible says we should obey
"He answered and said unto them, Well
hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people
honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me." [Mark 7:6]
"Then will I sprinkle clean water upon
you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols,
will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit
will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh,
and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and
cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do
them." [Ezekiel 36:25-27]
Without a new heart from God, you will be unable to enter
into God's holy presence in heaven and so you will be eternally damned:
"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." [Revelation
21:27] ... "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was
cast into the lake of fire." [Revelation 20:15]
DOES YOUR RELIGION
SATISFY GOD ?