People Without Jesus Christ Do Not Go to Heaven

John 3:18-19″He who believes in Him [who clings to, trusts in, relies on Him] is not judged [he who trusts in Him never comes up for judgment; for him there is no rejection, no condemnation-he incurs no damnation]; but he who does not believe (cleave to, rely on, trust in Him) is judged already [he has already been convicted and has already received his sentence] because he has not believed in and trusted in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [He is condemned for refusing to let his trust rest in Christ's name.]19 The [basis of the] judgment (indictment, the test by which men are judged, the ground for the sentence) lies in this: the Light has come into the world, and people have loved the darkness rather than and more than the Light, for their works (deeds) were evil. [Isa. 5:20.]“Dear people of God, in today’s lead Holy Bible text, the Lord Jesus Christ says anyone who does not believe in Him as the Son of God has already received God’s Divine Judgement and sentence.For those who don’t understand the implication of this statement, God’s Divine Judgement and sentence for anyone who rejects Jesus Christ as Messiah, the Son of God and Saviour of the world is eternal separation from God and eternal damnation in HELL FIRE.Now, someone may ask, what is the fate of those who have never heard the Gospel? The Word of God answers this in Romans 2:14-16, “When Gentiles (unbelievers or Non-Christians) who have not the [divine] Law do instinctively what the Law requires, they are a law to themselves, since they do not have the Law.15 They show that the essential requirements of the Law are written in their hearts and are operating there, with which their consciences (sense of right and wrong) also bear witness; and their [moral] decisions (their arguments of reason, their condemning or approving thoughts) will accuse or perhaps defend and excuse [them].16 On that day when, as my Gospel proclaims, God by Jesus Christ will judge men in regard to the things which they conceal (their hidden thoughts). [Eccl. 12:14.]

Dear friend, as you can see here, this is for people who have never heard about the Lord Jesus Christ until they died, including those who lived before the Lord Jesus Christ came as a human being into this world to save mankind.This is quite different from the first case, that is, the individual who has heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ but for reasons of enjoying sin, pride, fear of rejection, fear of ostracization and fear of torment by family members, relatives and friends deliberately refuses and then rejects Jesus Christ.Another person may ask, what about those who profess Christ and are living a double life of deliberate sinfulness in disobedience to God’s commands? There is yet another group of people who claim that once someone has accepted Jesus as Messiah, you can begin to sin as you like because salvation is eternal.For these two aforementioned groups, there are two Scriptures we must examine, first in Philippians 2:12b, “work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).”What this Scripture is telling us is that Christ died to save all mankind, the objective redemption of God (Christ) for all but we must EACH work out our own salvation with fear and trembling by avoiding whatever is offensive to God, which is the subjective redemption.The second Scripture is found in 2 Peter 2:20-22, “For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through [the full, personal] knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they again become entangled in them and are overcome, their last condition is worse [for them] than the first.21 For never to have obtained a [full, personal] knowledge of the way of righteousness would have been better for them than, having obtained [such knowledge], to turn back from the holy commandment which was [verbally] delivered to them.22 There has befallen them the thing spoken of in the true proverb, The dog turns back to his own vomit, and, The sow is washed only to wallow again in the mire.” [Prov. 26:11.]Dear friend, I can tell you that today many professed Christians who are living a double life of sin are dying prematurely daily and going to eternal damnation in HELL.Their premature death is caused by satan, the same satan that encourages them to live a double life of sin here on earth. What then is there to gain in all these? Absolutely nothing!!!Someone may now ask, but is it really possible for any one in Christ Jesus not to commit sin? Of course the answer is no because satan will always do everything possible to make sure a Christian stumbles.However, let us see what the Word of God says in John 8:34, “Jesus answered them, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Whoever COMMITS and PRACTISES sin is the slave of sin.”Again, let us see God’s Word in 1 John 3:8-9, “[But] he who commits sin [who PRACTISES evildoing] is of the devil [takes his character from the evil one], for the devil has sinned (violated the divine law) from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil [has done].9 No one born (begotten) of God [DELIBERATELY, KNOWINGLY, and HABITUALLY] PRACTISES sin, for God’s nature abides in him [His principle of life, the divine sperm, remains permanently within him]; and he cannot PRACTISE sinning because he is born (begotten) of God.These two Scriptures make it clear that the person who practises sin is of the devil and God’s nature is not in him. To practise sin means to pre-meditate on the evil intention and then carry it out knowing fully well that it is sin.In fact, for a genuine Christian, the Spirit of God will warn you even before you carry out the evil and also indict you after the sinful act, so there is no excuse whatsoever to commit sin.This is why a genuine Christian MUST daily ask God in prayer for forgiveness so that the devil does not have any legal right to accuse you and prevent your access to your God-given rights in Christ as His child.

Dear friend, in summary, it is clear as the Scriptures has made us understand today that anyone who does not have the Lord Jesus Christ as His Messiah will not enter heaven. Let us recap:1. If someone has never heard of Jesus Christ but commits sin, his conscience which God has given to all humans would judge and condemn him and if he refuses to make amends/restitution, he cannot enter heaven.2. Anyone who has heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ concerning Repentance, Salvation and obedience to all God’s commandments in the Holy Bible and yet for reasons best known to him rejects the Gospel, that person will not enter heaven.3. A person who professes the Lord Jesus Christ as Messiah but deliberately and knowingly makes a habit of sin is of the devil and will not enter heaven.4. A person who strives to live a holy life in Christ Jesus must daily ask God for forgiveness for those sins he committed unintentionally and ensure to study the Holy Bible daily in prayer to know what God expects of us in our relationship with Him and our fellow humans and ensure to obey God’s commandments.I must warn here, however, that if you hide under the canopy of unintentional sin and deliberately commit sin, you are only deceiving yourself because you are taking God’s grace for granted and exposing yourself to satan, the father of lies and deceit who can kill you prematurely before your God ordained time on earth and send you to an eternal damnation in HELL FIRE.Dear friend, time is running out. God is waiting for sinners to repent and return to Him sincerely. If you claim to love God, this is not a difficult decision. You must repent and return now to God through Christ Jesus before it is too late.May the good Lord bless you as you heed His Word today, act on it and share with others in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Amen.

Could There Have Been Previous Beginnings, Before The Accepted Beginning Of Our Universe?

Note — at this present moment in time, it is a pure assumption on my part that before the accepted beginning of our universe happened, the “force” that existed must have been a negative magnetic one that exhibited a direct influence over all of the emptiness that abounded.

“The beginning”, according to the guides set out in that book of books, the “bible”, starts its beginning chapter with “genesis”, or literally, the generation of this world and the encompassing heavens.

“Genesis” states, (and I quote) “In the beginning god created the “heaven” and the “earth” and the earth was without form, and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep and the spirit of god moved upon the face of the waters and god said, “let there be light”, and there was light”.

The first line of the quote shows that this entity called “god” existed before the heaven or the earth came into being.

The second line suggests that the earth was barren and unoccupied.

The third line states that darkness prevailed upon the part of the deep that faced the darkness.(Was this face the face of the waters?) If it was, then where did these waters come from? As it appears that god did not create them in genesis! It also appears as if they were in existence before god created the heaven and the earth! It also seems they consisted of an all-encompassing entity, before any of the reported “doings” of gods works happened in the creations of heaven and earth.

The fourth line says that the spirit, (presumably power) of god moved upon the face (presumably surface) of these waters. (Could this have possibly been wind?)

(The third and fourth lines begs the question of where these waters were situated.(Were they upon the earth or not?)

The fifth line states that god, only had to say, “let there be light” and lo and behold, light came into being in all its many glorious and magnificent forms of this great phenomena. Because our scientists tell us how light, manifestations or creations occur from differing sources of raw materials.

Anyway, the above tells us that there was no light before the beginning. It also tells us that it was dark, and that the heaven and the earth did not exist. It also tells us, that the waters existed before light existed. It also tells us, that god existed before the beginning of the “heaven” and the “earth”.

Summary –The heavens and the earth did not exist before the beginning. There was no light before the beginning. It was dark before the beginning, because light did not exist until after the beginning.

Water existed before light, because darkness shadowed the surface of the waters. so we have no choice but to accept that,

God existed before the beginning!

Scientists tell us that a “singularity” existed before the beginning, one that happened to contain everything in the universe. This singularity exploded in what they call “the big bang”. They state also, that it was this massive event that created the beginning, and of course the light too; (which as a matter of course, is always part of explosions, explosions also cause implosions to occur within their central cores.) They also tell us that everything else that exists in this universe now happened to be created at the same time. (how convenient for them) however, it so happens that they are somewhat correct in their theory, especially the explosion part, but not in the singularity that contained the “all” part.

The scientists are sort of correct here too, but their explanation of this event states that everything as we know it was highly compressed within the singularity. (Just like in their explanations of “black holes’)

If we as idiots are to believe this, then we must also conclusively come to the logical conclusion to believe, for the sake of our own sanity, that the universe had at some stage previously “mysteriously” collapsed in upon itself, condensing all its parts into this singularity point. If this were what happened, then it would have to have been an event which must have occurred before the scientists beginning, began!

If we are to accept the scientific explanation of the beginning, then there is a question begging to be asked — because if everything that exists in this universe today came from the singularity exploding.

Then where did all this previous stuff come from that was contained within the singularity, if the big bang created it in the beginning?

(To me, this explanation of events proves that there must have been another beginning that happened much earlier before this singularity point of compaction provided our explosive beginning,)

There is also the question of how many other times could this have happened before our scientifically stated beginning? Could the answer to this question be, “infinite”? This also raises another query — if god existed before the beginning as shown above, was this entity also contained within the singularity point.

Does the above raise some sort of conundrum?

Fiction: An Exercise in Various Beginnings

I love to exercise, not in a gym, but in fiction writing. Since I’ll be exercising, I’ll start stretching with a few beginnings.

Nobody knows more about the importance of beginnings than fiction writers, because the beginning of any narrative is the part that hooks the reader from the start. Not each beginning is suitable for any one piece, and some beginnings become passé after decades of overuse; nevertheless, it is a good idea to take a look at the few types of beginnings used in fiction.

At this time, applying the same storyline, I’d like to write a few exercises. Each exercise will be for a different type of a beginning.

  • Beginning with the setting: The city of Bern snuggles into a U shaped arm of the river Aare, extending its reach to the other sides by historical bridges and railways. Surrounded by densely wooded areas and mountains, Bern is not a crowded city, except for tourists. At 1800 feet altitude, as the highlight of the Bernese-Oberland region, the city ticks to the tune of a modern civilization, although still cuddling its centuries-old astronomical clock tower at the east gate right around the marketplace where one can buy Swiss goods at a much lower price than at the imported price anywhere else.
  • Beginning by inserting characters into the setting: At the east gate of the city of Bern in the marketplace in a tidy corner, Rodolphe’s magasin de chocolat or Schokolade Speicher sits facing the setting sun, and across, Mireille’s Spielzeugspeicher boasts with all sizes of plush baby bears at its window. Rodolphe sees those brown and gray plush toys with a wary eye. He knows from behind that window, Mireille’s husband Karl is watching his every move.
  • Beginning with the thematic way, which is with a truism, a generalization, or a philosophical idea: Our greatest deeds we do unknowingly. Like love. Most of us fall in love unknowingly, and that is what exactly happened to Rodolphe in his chocolate store while he watched the plush toy bears from across the street and wondered if Mireille, the owner of the teddy bear store, was as cute and cuddly in bed.
  • Beginning the factual way; that is, a realistic no-nonsense opening derived from real events: In 1879, Rodolphe Lindt of Berne, Switzerland, produced chocolate that melted on the tongue, creating the fondant. Two centuries later in the same city, his namesake Rodolphe sat in his Schokolade Speicher that faced Mireille’s toy store, his neighbor across the street. As he rolled a soft sweet fondant in his mouth, Rodolphe thought of Mireille, her thin waist, her large green eyes, her overly made-up face, her cadenced walk, and her syrupy smile.
  • Considered to be the most successful by some, beginning through the emotional way, which is aiming for the heart and appealing directly to the reader’s emotions: In the middle of the street in Berne’s marketplace, a jealous Karl shot the unsuspecting Rodolphe with a hunting rifle as his traumatized wife Mireille ran about screaming. Rodolphe, the chocolatier, had the reputation of a saint to young and old alike; however, for Karl, Rodolphe was a scorpion who knelt in prayer while raising its tail to kill.
  • Beginning with action, that is, starting with any significant movement: Rodolphe, the chocolatier, cocked his head quizzically. Karl, his neighbor, was aiming at him with a rifle. “No!” With the sudden blast of the rifle, Rodolphe dropped to his knees, blotting his damp, chocolate-covered hands on his denim jeans. As Rodolphe’s body grew stiff, Mireille ran screaming toward the two men, but she too fell down like a folded cloth and heard nothing else except for the throbbing of the street to the thick, fast beat of her heart.
  • A medias res (in the middle of things) beginning, which has been in favor during the recent years: The blast from Karl’s rifle brought Rodolphe to his knees. As his blood created puddles on the cobblestone street, the last sound he heard was Mireille’s screams before he grew stiff and senseless.
  • Beginning with a dialogue: (Most readers respond to dialogue well, especially if they sense tension or foreshadowing in it.) “Karl is screwed up,” Mireille said. “This is going to be difficult. Are you sure you want to go ahead with this give and take?” “Yes,” Rodolphe nodded. “You need my fondants. I’m like moonlight on dark water for you.” Then, he looked away. “Are you still in shock from last night?” “It was routine,” Mireille shrugged, arranging her plush bears in the window in irregular rows. “Karl always gets like that. He is just jealous. It isn’t everyday that he sees me eating expensive fondants.”
  • Beginning with a character’s description: Rodolphe wiggled on the red leather-cushioned stool near the window of his chocolate store, watching the street and Mireille’s plush bears, because even at his age, he was still deeply interested in toys. Tall, fat, and ugly with a crooked nose and misshapen smile, Rodolphe was also generous and jolly, except when he espied Karl putting his arms around Mireille. Then, Rodolphe’s face pinched with pain and his mouth drew downwards, trembling. Still, all this was before Karl shot him and Rodolphe was pronounced dead by Mireille, though only for a short time. Afterwards, when the medics brought him to life, Rodolphe’s outlook changed.
  • Beginning with the author’s voice addressing the reader: Although this method of beginning can be appealing, confidential-sounding, and even effective, it is considered old fashioned and boring. Speaking for me, I hate it, but here it is anyway. If memory were a movie, dear reader, you would see the marketplace in Berne from above, and in a close-up you would see me, Joy Cagil–the author here, strolling in front of a chocolate store thinking of this poignant and funny story, since a tiny part of my life was spent in Berne. Then, you would have to take my word that in this very store, Rodolphe offered his delectable fondants to Mireille because he felt sorry for the plush bear that Karl, Mireille’s husband, had ripped apart.
  • Diary, epistolary (letter-writing), or reflective beginning: Dear Mireille, What would you say if you knew I have your diary? Yes, my dear one, yesterday, when I brought you the fondants, I couldn’t help myself to pick it up when I saw the diary near your cash register. At that moment, you had your back turned to me, for you were putting a teddy back on the shelf, which you had knocked down when you saw me enter. I took your diary like a common thief and put it under my vest. Am I sorry? No, believe me; I am not, although this is not a gentlemanly act. In fact, I am deliriously happy. I took your diary because I was curious about what went inside your pretty head, but oh what joy, I found out that you had feelings for me. Is it the chocolate that affects women to melt like cream over fire? Maybe, since I am never sure of my manly charms. But that doesn’t matter now, for you have given me a new life and a new brown plush teddy bear for my counter that I will cherish forever and ever. I am returning your diary so you can write more about me. Rodolphe
  • Beginning by asking a question: Where was Mireille? Spielzeugspeicher’s doors were still locked; although it was far later than the usual hour Mireille opened her shop. Had Karl hurt her feelings again by throwing out the fondants in the trash? Or worse yet, at this very moment, was Mireille being forced into Karl’s brusque embrace? Rodolphe tapped on the counter with his plumb fingers as he sat wiggling uneasily on the red leather-cushioned stool.

I had a lot of fun playing with these exercises, and you, too, have fun with a few beginnings of your own. Who knows, you may end up with a great beginning that will hold the attention of even the most reluctant reader.

New Beginnings

Over the past several weeks there has been so much news of endings. End of tournaments, end of life, end of businesses, and end of relationships. All of these endings could cast a pall of depression over us. We wonder why things have to end.

This column is going to focus on beginnings. It is like Spring which sends a natural message of new growth, after a season that has hardened seeds to be ready for their explosion into life. Spring has a sense of renewal and freshness.

Marsha Petrie Sue said, “Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.”

In my own life experience, I have felt that there were those times I was facing an ending. It was so overwhelming I was not sure that tomorrow would ever feel the warmth and joy again. Miraculously, I discovered a newness of living that was not on my radar screen. I experienced living life as it opened up to new vistas.

Beginnings require that we let go of yesterday to live today. If we hang onto yesterday wishing we had lived it differently, we reach the sunset of today only to realize that we have compounded our regret for not having lived another day. We sit in despair not beginning because we could not let go of the ending of yesterday.

It is true that yesterday may have been a life altering event. There is a time to grieve for a loss, a missed opportunity, an error in judgment, or just making the mistake of not trying or engaging. Whatever it is, we cannot live the day over again. Nor can we make someone else do what we wished or change what happened.

Maria Shriver said life-altering experiences make us then live the altered life direction we are pointed toward and make it into something worthwhile. I’ve thought a lot about that fact of living. How different our lives have become because of what looked like the end, and it became the beginning of a whole new life experience.

Beginnings are not a once in a lifetime event. They begin every day. When there is an ending, is it not really just the beginning of something new? I came across this quote, attributed to Semisonic, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.”

The end of childhood begins adulthood. High school graduation begins a future holding a variety of options and challenges into a world of discovery what it means to be adult. The end of a career begins the discovery of retirement and new challenges yet to unfold.

Relationships end and new ones begin. Marriages may end in divorce or death. It is the beginning of a life not planned for when there were two and now there is one. Children leave home, the nest is empty, and time is open for something else to fill it. Explore a new career, an opportunity to serve the community, or rediscover the person who is full of gifts that could not emerge until this time of their life.

Jobs are lost to downsizing or relocation and now the door opening requires a new look at skills unused but valuable. Could it mean more schooling, creating a small business or something outside of the box only dreamt about?

Beginnings are often fearful, for we do not know what the ending looks like or how it will change or alter our lives. However, without them we have lost living to the fullest potential given to us.

Edith Lovejoy Pierce said, “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

It is Spring! It is New Year’s Day! Today is the beginning of another day of life. It is up to you to leave yesterdays pain and hurts behind which hinder your own ability to plant seeds of new growth and discovery.

Life is short, spring into action and live today’s beginning. Who knows what the next ending will mean for your next new beginning.


©MCStrom 11/AP/05