“Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: The law will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations. My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm.
Well, this one here is probably the one I was most intimidated to address. Because God’s Judgment is not a favorite topic of the unbeliever, NOR the believer.
I admit I was never really on the side of the “unbeliever”, so I don’t want to put words into anyone else’s mouth. In the featured clips, I think the people here do a much more better job of explaining than I ever could. But I will give it a go here :).
I think people choose to believe that there is No God, so they can feel justified in not following His laws. Meaning, say like they lie, they can always say “Well who made that rule… God? I don’t believe in God.” And then they have their arguments all ready for why they do not believe in God. (And of course they never say they do not believe in God because they don’t want to follow His rules. They say it’s because they don’t believe in a God that causes death and suffering in the world. That sounds a little more noble than saying “No I don’t want to follow rules” :)..)
Honestly, if I were an unbeliever, that’s what I’d say. That’s how I’d think. I don’t want to be told that I’m wrong. No one likes that. We all like to think we are smarter than the next person. And that our ideas and beliefs are the “right” ones.
And I certainly don’t want anyone looking at how I live my life and judging me. I mean, who are you to judge me. Right?
The implication behind that though is that I want to do what I want to do, when I want to do it….
And I don’t want to feel guilty for it.
This is where I think the unbeliever and the believer are the same. And I am going to take a lot of slack for this. But I don’t think the believer wants to feel guilt either. But instead of saying there is no God, they say “I accepted that Jesus died for my sins when I was such and such age…. so I’m good.”
And on the outside, an unbeliever could look at my life (my fruits) and say that there wasn’t any difference. And they were right.
I was a professing Christian since the age of twenty two. I went to church on Sundays, did all the “right” things. But the signs were there.
I could go on forever. But I think you get my point. I don’t need to go on and tell you how I stole the Bible off the internet 🙂 Oh yeah, I did that.
Don’t Judge Me.
Anyway…..I know a lot of people on both sides are probably not going to like me after reading this. I’m not trying to be harsh and I’m certainly not trying to come off as a know it all.
But I believe God the Judge is the one area that people are uncomfortable with. I mean let’s face it. God the Creator, yeah cool. Right? All the wonderful things God made and He created us in His image? Awesome. God the Revealer, fascinating all the prophecies that have come true and how many we see happening right before our very eyes when it was predicted thousands of years ago. God the Father, we all want an All loving Father in Heaven. We all want to be loved. So no problem there.
I think God the Judge is the one area that we as humans have a problem with.
Both unbelievers and believers. Because as humans, we just think so highly of ourselves. The unbeliever wants to think “I’m the God of my own universe, and I don’t need God.” And the Believer says “I accepted Jesus.” I accepted Jesus, as if we are the king, and we are doing Him a favor.
Neither side FEARS the Lord.
Which is why I believe that Christians today are using the “I accepted Jesus” the same way and for the same reason the unbelievers hide behind the “I don’t believe in God”.
Because both sides want to believe “I’m a good person” or “I’m a good Christian.”
They don’t want to answer to a Judge. I know I don’t. I’m terrified :). I mean I stole the Bible people. It’s not looking good for me 🙂 Lol.
But the fact is, we are all going to stand in God’s courtroom. We are all going to answer for our sins and give an accounting for our lives before thee Just and Holy Judge, Almighty God.
And we are all going to be found Guilty. Guilty of our individual sins.
And as a Good Judge, a penalty has to be paid. We are not going to get off because we are a good person. We are not going to be let off because we said I’m sorry.
A penalty has to be paid.
You can pay that price – which is eternity in hell. (For those of you who believe you don’t need God, this is why. Watch 23 Minutes in Hell.)
Or Jesus can pay the price for you (A gift none of us deserve. And for the Christians who say they know Jesus died for them. Even the devil and his angels believe and tremble (James 2:19). There’s a bit more to it and You will know by your fruits. Examine yourself in the faith to make sure. And by examine don’t do what I did and compare yourself to other Christians .. That is not what God meant…:) Watch true and false conversion above to see what I mean.)