YOU’VE SHATTERED MY ILLUSION!
So one young man said after a discussion about heaven.“I thought everyone went to heaven, but you are saying this isn’t the case!” “Actually, I definitely said the words, but they were taken from the Bible.”
Especially the words of Jesus recorded by John in his gospel, chapter 14 and verse 6:
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
To this I could have added Acts chapter 4 and verse 12
“there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
It all began with a discussion of John Blanchard’s booklet ‘Ultimate Questions’.
“Life is full of questions. Some are trivial, some more serious – and some tremendously important.
Even as you read these words you may have questions about your health, your financial situation, your job, your family or your future.
But the greatest, the ultimate questions, are about God and your relationship to Him. Nothing in life is more important than this. Good health, financial stability, secure employment, a contented family and a hopeful future are all things that people want.
Yet even these are temporary and eventually pointless unless you have a living relationship with God, one that is clear and certain – and will last forever.
In the following pages you will discover why such a relationship is so urgently needed – and how it is possible.
The questions that follow are the most serious and important that anyone could ask. The answers are those everyone needs!
Page 3, Ultimate Questions, author, John Blanchard, published by Evangelical Press. 27th printing 2000
The young man and his lady friend had almost walked past, refusing the leaflet offered them, but an inquiry asking whether he believed in God caused him to stop.
He’d been raised to attend Church, even sung in the choir, but had never heard that he was a sinner, unfit and unready to meet his Maker.
We concluded that he was a ‘cultural christian’ rather than a ‘true Christian’, he’d never been ‘born again’, didn’t think he had sins that needed to be forgiven before he would find a welcome from the Almighty.
Unusual in that he had some knowledge of Christianity, he was very typical of those who are deluded into thinking God could turn a blind eye to sin.
Our discussion turned to the matter of ‘lying’, he readily confessed he’d lied and protested that everyone did, surely God realises this and will turn a blind eye!
I carefully set out to explain that ‘God has no blind eyes’, that He sees and records every detail of every life, and I made it clear that He says there are/ will be no ‘liars’ in heaven.
Revelation chapter 21 and verse 8 says so plainly:
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
I pressed upon him their urgent need to flee to Jesus Christ, the ONLY SAVIOUR of sinners, the One Who died that people might escape the coming wrath of God.
John says it’s possible for all who will surrender to and believe in Jesus Christ, Chapter 3 and verse 36:
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him”
If this is new to you, then its time you read John Blanchard’s booklet too, write to me and I’ll do my best to get you a copy. Alternatively you could just open your Bible at John’s Gospel and read the word’s of life for yourself.