The following verse describes completely and succinctly the only means by which God has provided for mankind to be forgiven of all transgressions and be admitted into His presence in the next most fabulous and everlasting life.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
(John 3: 16)
Surely God has shown His love for us in spite of some of the most egregious things we do. He made it clear when He set the standard; “The soul that sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.” (Ezekiel 18: 20)
And again: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6: 23)
How incredibly unselfish, to think that that Creator of the universe would offer up His own beloved Son as payment for our sins and basic human shortcomings. I wouldn’t let my son die for anyone, especially some of the disgusting filth we read about in the news almost daily. But aside from God’s plan, there is no other way, only eternal damnation and death. If it seems strange and unfair, but remember that you are not God, you have not created yourself and therefore you do not make the rules. Keep this in mind; “The fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God.’ They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that does good. (Psalm 14-1)
Jesus taught using parables which would illustrate God’s mindset in human terms.
He told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away. Other seeds fell upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 13:3-9)
Jesus went on to explain the parable of the sower:
“Hear then the parable of the sower. When any one hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in his heart; this is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the delight in riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit, and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” (Matthew 13: 18-23)
“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”(Matthew 13: 24-30)
The wheat refers to the lives that mature spiritually by following the will of God by believing that the sacrifice of Christ is sufficient covering for their own sins, and in believing that they have asked Him into their lives as Lord and Savior and in the process they, like wheat that have brought forth grains of goodness. The enemy is the devil who continually sows evil thoughts into the minds and hearts of humanity. Those likened to weeds are of two types that have continued to suck up the goodness of life that God provides to all. One type is religious but only gives mental assent to the historical existence of Christ while ignoring their own need for him refusing him altogether, they can be referred to as believers in name only. Then there is the other type who openly hates God and his Christ and openly scoffs at and hates believers.
Jesus explained the parable of the weeds:
Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” He answered, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of man; the field is the world, and the good seed means the sons of the kingdom; the weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the close of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age. The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. (Matthew 13: 36-43)
We will refer to those who have set biblical scripture as foundational to their beliefs as (believers), they may be members of any church, denomination or synagogue. Christians are those believers who have acknowledged Jesus as the Son of God and have asked him to be their personal Lord and Savior and have made Him central to their lives. They will be judged solely on the basis of their trust and faith in Christ and His righteousness.
Non believers are comprised mostly of secular humanists, those that have taken on the mantle of morality based on their own self-righteousness with no belief in or regard for God or His Christ. This will include Atheists, Pagans and all followers of false religions, they will be judged on how well they followed the law all of which is essentially based on the ten commandments.
“For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.”
(James 2: 10)
Anyone can plainly see that It’s becoming more evident that we are approaching the close of the age, now is the time for you to accept Christ and salvation or reject Him and suffer eternal damnation your choice! What will it be?
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:9-13)