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15. The roads to hell
michelle yim  2013-06-08 17:22:02, 조회 : 2,812, 추천 : 545

Michelle Yim
Chapter 15

                        The roads to hell


                “Why should a person go to hell?” “What kind of people do you think go to hell?”. These two questions were asked in a 1988 poll. One in every five persons felt that “murder, being bad or committing sins” would be the reason a person would go to hell. Interestingly, only one percent of the people thought that “not repenting for sins” would be the reason to be sent to hell. John Bunyan (17th century preacher) said that “hunters, dancers, those who paint their faces, those that follow plays and sports, singing drunkards, and those who fail to attend church because they are afraid of wind and rain or are reluctant to leave their friends” will be doomed. Every one of us has an idea of “what type of people” will go to hell. However, Blanchard reminds us that we cannot rely on our own speculation to settles this matter. We must go back to the Bible!


                Many of us feel that only “the scum of earth” will go to hell. However, Jesus says the complete opposite at the end of his Sermon on the Mount, he urges “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). This verse shows us that, in all actuality there will be more people going to hell than heaven. This doesn’t sit well with many biblical scholars. Some argue that Christ isn’t going to return to earth until the “Christian population” will be dominant on earth and that those who die shamelessly will be reduced. Unfortunately, there are no bible verses that support this kind of guesswork.


                In the Bible, there is also warning to those who are wealthy. For instance in Matthew 19:22-24 it states “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God”. Blanchard points out two things about wealth and how it affects the person. One is that, although on this earth wealth can be used as an instrument to gain things, on the Day of Judgment it will be worthless. You cannot buy your way into heaven nor have any leverage against anyone else. The second thing that needs to be noted is that worldly possessions can sidetrack a person from their spiritual problems. Blanchard says it simply “It is difficult to convince wealthy people living in huge houses and enjoying luxurious lifestyles that they need something much more important and enduring than their material possessions”.


                Now one may ask “Who then will go to the kingdom of heaven?”.First you must be able to indentify your spiritual poverty. In Matthew 5:3 it states “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”. What does that mean? We must realize that we are spiritually penniless before God. To think that we can get into heaven with our own ability and our own effort will be shut out at heaven’s door. Another thing that Blanchard notes is that we must be humble. Jesus tells the story of the tax collector and the Pharisee who went to pray in the temple of Jerusalem. The Pharisees stood and thanked God that they were better than other men, but the tax collector hung his head and cried “God have mercy on me, a sinner”. After Jesus observed this he said “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 18:9,13-14). The third principle that we must practice, is to love God pure and wholeheartedly. In Mark 12:30 it states “Love your God with all your heart and with all your soul and all your mind and with all your strength”. Blanchard warns that those who do not choose to live this lifestyle will never see God in heaven.


                Now we must examine what Jesus had said regarding the people that will go to hell. First, Jesus says that one must be “born again” (John 3:3). However, to be born again doesn’t just mean to have a religious conviction or trying to meet the moral standards. It is only with the miracle of God’s grace that we can be born again. Secondly, we stated earlier the need for genuine spirituality. Unfortunately in the Pharisees case, they were too concerned about themselves and being self satisfied. They thought they were so righteous and so godly, they felt as if everyone else was below them. Blanchard states that “their so-called righteousness was nothing but a sanctimonious sham”. The third thing that was must have is “humility”. Jesus called a little child to him and said “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). Jesus was using the term “little children” to give us an example of the “humility and unquestioning faith” we need.


                In the New Testament , Paul gives us a detailed letter about the many “behaviors” that’ll lead a person to hell. He says “Do you know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral not idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” (1Corinthians 6:9-10). Then in Galatians 5:19-21 Paul writes to the Galatians “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy, drunkenness, orgies and the like. I warn you as I did before, those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God”.  We must understand that nothing impure will enter heaven.


                For those who are reading this and still think “Well, I’m not that bad” or “I may have sinned a little but not to the highest degree” need to realize these five things:


1)        NO SIN IS INSIGNIFICANT! You may think “I’ve told only small white lies in my life” however, no sin is small. Hell is mandatory punishment for EVERY sin not just for some.

2)        For those who claim “Well I haven’t committed any murder or adultery” are in for a rude awakening. Because in Matthew 5:28 it states “Anyone who looks at a women lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart”. Which means that although in this earthly world we can plead “Not guilty”, according to Gods law we are in fact very guilty.

3)        In Gods law, there are the sins of omission and the sins of commission. In James 4:17 it states “Anyone then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins”. This shows us that avoiding to sinning is one thing, however avoiding to do good is also a sin. If we want to avoid God’s wrath we must not only avoid sinning, but we must put in every effort to do things right.

4)        God doesn’t just put high standards for us, he demands perfection! Once again in James 2:10 it states “Whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it”.

5)        Lastly, when Adam sinned, all of humanity sinned. When Adam was pronounced as guilty, we too are all pronounced as guilty. Paul states this clearly in Ephesians 2:3 “Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath”.

                 Now after reading all this, you may feel discouraged. “Well then what’s the point of trying? When we are all sinners anyway?”. However, I must warn you of thinking dangerously about a topic such as this one. Although the way to heaven is difficult Jesus states “Make every effort to enter through the narrow” (Luke 13:24). Knowing what is in the pits of hell should put fear in your heart. We learned that its not a momentary confinement but rather an eternal punishment. To close your ears and deny the truth of the Bible is extremely hopeless on ones salvation.


김 에스더
'우리의 능력이나 노력으로 구원받을 수 있다고 생각하는 사람은 천국 문을 닫는 사람이다'

어디서 많이 들어본 내용이라 한번 찾아보았습니다.

"화 있을진저 외식하는 서기관들과 바리새인들이여 너희는 천국 문을 사람들 앞에서 닫고 너희도 들어가지 않고 들어가려 하는 자도 들어가지 못하게 하는도다" (마 23:13)

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.

맞습니다. 이런 생각을 가진 사람들에 대하여 예수님은 '천국 문을 사람들 앞에서 닫고 자신들도 들어가지 않고 다른 사람들도 못들어가게 하는 사람'이라고 말씀했습니다. 또한 예수님은 그들을 '자신들보다 배나 지옥 자식으로 만드는 사람들' 이라고 그 다음 15절에서 말씀하셨습니다.

오늘 날의 교회가 내 힘으로 천국을 가는 것을 가르칩니다. 일부 기독교회를 제외하고는 오늘 날의 모든 종교가 '내가 구원의 길로 가는 것'을 나누는 단체들입니다. 이제는 기독교가 세상을 변화시키고 물들이는 것이 아니라 세상과 함께 스스로 물들어 가고 있습니다.

그러나 성경의 가르침은 이들과 정 반대, 즉 좁은 길로 가야함을 가르칩니다. 다른 사람이 다 옳다고 가는 그 길이 아니라, 오직 한 길 그러나 좁고 협착하여 찾는 이가 적고 들어가고 싶어도 들어갈 수 없는 그 길을 구하여야 할 것입니다. 왜냐하면 그 길만이 생명의 길이요 구원의 문이 있는 곳이기 때문입니다.

이제는 "기독교인"이라고 부름받는 사람이라면, 천국을 가기 위한 우리들의 노력과 애씀으로 신앙생활하는 것이 아니라, 지금까지 배워온 그 "지옥"에 영원히 있지 않도록 우리들을 구원하신 삼위일체의 하나님께 주신 그 큰 은혜에 대한 감사와 찬양으로 신앙생활하는 기쁨이 있기를 바랍니다.
2013-06-11
06:42:34

 


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