Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Three Things You Should Know About Hevaen

   Last week we considered the reality of hell.  If you have yet to read the post on hell, I would encourage you to do so.  The subject of our thoughts today, however, are on the opposite end of the spectrum, I want us to consider some truths about heaven.  When someone hears the word “heaven” there is no telling what mental picture might appear?  Maybe an angel in a long white robe, sitting on a cloud, and playing a harp?  Maybe Peter standing at the pearly gates ushering people in?  Still others have no idea what heaven is like and they just think of it as a place to be preferred over hell.  As always, if we want the truth about a matter we need to look into God’s Word, the Bible.  Of all the things the Bible tells us about heaven, there are three that I want to share with you here.
   First, just as hell is a literal place, so is heaven.  When we see the word heaven in the Bible it can speak contextually of one of three places.  It can mean the space in our atmosphere, it can mean outer space where the stars and planets are, or it can mean the place of God’s throne.  The place where God’s throne resides is a literal place, just as inner and outer space are a literal part of what we can see.  One day Jesus told His disciples that He was going away.  He was speaking of His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension back to heaven.  The idea of Jesus leaving troubled His disciples greatly.  In response, Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14.1-3).  Jesus has prepared a literal dwelling place for all those who are saved by faith in Him.  Heaven is a literal place where the redeemed of Christ will abide with Him.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Three Things You Should Know About Hell

   I recently read a definition of hell that said, “A place of perpetual fire and loathsomeness” (Wycliffe Dictionary of Theology, pg 266).  That definition conjures up all sorts of ugly mental pictures that most of us would rather not think about.  The problem is, Wycliffe’s definition is spot on.  Hell is a terrible place, the horror of which exceeds anything man can comprehend in this life.  Hell is a place to be avoided at all costs.  Most of the world today never thinks of hell in those terms.  It is with that in mind that I want to share with you three realities about the place we call hell.
   First, hell is a literal place.  Hell is not the figment of some writer’s imagination.  Hell is not some mystical place or the result of some religious system’s creativity.  Hell is a literal place that is as real as the world you and I live in right now.  The Bible tells us that at the end of the tribulation, the beast and the false prophet will be cast into a “lake of fire” (Revelation 19.20).  Jesus described hell as a place where there is, “Weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 8.12).  Jesus later described hell as a, “furnace of fire” where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13.50).  Hell is a literal place where God’s judgment is administered upon lost men and women for their sin.  Some of the biblical descriptions of hell include a place of total darkness, a place of perpetual suffering, a place of eternal fire, a place of unquenchable fire, and a place of perpetual unrest.  The worst part of hell is that it is a place of perpetual separation from God.  You can be sure hell is a literal place.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Same Sex Marriage - Part Three

   The last thing I want to consider in this brief series on same sex marriage has to do with rebellion.  Mr. Webster defined rebellion as, “Open resistance to authority.”  All sin is a form of rebellion against God.  The prophet Samuel said to King Saul, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness as iniquity and idolatry” (1 Samuel 15.23a).  It is a very serious matter indeed to rebel against God and His righteous commands. Refusing to believe on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is in essence rebellion against God’s anointed King.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Same Sex Marriage - Part Two

   We continue here with some further thoughts and truths concerning what is called same sex marriage.  Homosexuals and those who are sympathetic to their position see the homosexual lifestyle as an acceptable way of life.  They are militant in their efforts to force everyone else to see it in the same way or at a minimum to have to acknowledge legally that it is an appropriate lifestyle.  However, there is a fundamental flaw in the homosexual relationship and it is called sin.  God did not create men to be with men or women to be with women.  Anatomically, emotionally, and relationally, men and women were created to complement one another in a life-long marriage relationship.  It is a perversion of God’s created and ordered design to engage in same sex unions.  Homosexuality is not an issue of equal rights, it is an issue of sin.  A man or women who chooses to sin by way of homosexuality certainly has the freedom in this country to do so, but they do not have the right to force the rest of society to acknowledge their sinful lifestyle as equal with God’s ordained way of life.  A homosexual relationship between two men or two women is most certainly not the same as the relationship I have with my wife of over thirty years.