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Monday, January 18, 2010

Something Different

I want to take a moment to do something different with my post today. My devotionals are usually about what I have felt God has told me through Bible Verses or Lessons. Today, I would like to ask those of you who are not Christians a few questions.
This is not intended to be done in a condescending tone. I am asking these questions with a sincere heart and with genuine intentions. I would like to know your honest answers and any feedback that you have. You may complete this one of three ways:
1. answer silently and send no response
2. answer via the comment section (which may be done anonymously)
3. answer by sending an e-mail to butterflyblue1116@yahoo.com

I want to get to know what you think about eternity- please remember I do this in a gentle manner.

Answer the following questions:

1. Do you have a Christian Background?
2. Would you consider yourself to be a good person?
3. Do you think that you have kept the Ten Commandments? Which are

a. Thou shalt have no other gods before me- Have you let money, sex, drugs, beauty, social status, etc. motivate and establish your meaning of life?
b. Thou shalt not worship any graven image- Is God the one true God in your life? Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God... Exodus 20: 4-6
c. Thou shalt not take God’s name in vain- Have you ever cursed and used God’s name along with the curse?
d. Remember the Sabbath to keep it Holy-Have you ever worked 7 days straight? Do you set aside time to remember God?
e. Honor thy father and mother- Have you always obeyed your parents?
f. Thou shalt not kill- Have you ever hated anyone? By God’s standard, hate is murder. “Whosoever hates his brother is a murderer: and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him” 1 John 3:15
g. Thou shalt not commit adultery- Have you ever looked at another being with desire and lust in your heart? By God’s standard-“But I say unto you, That whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.“ (Matthew 5:27-28)
h. Thou shalt not steal- Have you ever stolen anything…ever…even if from work?
i. Thou shalt not bear false witness- Have you ever lied? White lie?
j. Thou shalt not covet- Have you ever desired someone else’s spouse, home, vehicle, job, family?


4. So, if you have ever stolen – what does that make you? If you have ever lied, what are you called?
5. If God were to judge you based solely on the 10 commandments would you be found innocent or guilty?
6. Based on the answers to these questions, if you were to die right now would you go to Heaven or Hell?
7. If you answered Hell- does that concern you?
8. If it concerns you, what are you going to do about that, if anything?
9. Do you know how you can achieve eternal life with God in Heaven?

Think of it this way- If a judge were to let a person who there was NO doubt – not even a 1% chance of innocence- go free who was a murderer, rapist, etc…would that be fair? No.
If we choose to not accept Christ and run from our ways, God will judge us fairly.

But, there is amazing, wonderful, awesome news!!!!!!!!

You don’t have to spend eternity apart from God. God became a man to destroy eternal death by sending His son, Jesus-to die a gruesome, cruel and unjust death for you and me to have a way to Heaven and eternal life. No one is perfect. Every person who is a Christian right this moment has violated some if not all of the 10 commandments. However, by admitting you have sinned and asking for forgiveness and by recognizing Jesus is God’s son and confessing that He is the ONE and ONLY God, you can be freed from your past and have a future that is powerful and meaningful. God is no respecter of persons. He loves every one of us with an everlasting love. His grace and mercy provides a way for peace and joy beyond measure. He is a loving God who wants to have a relationship with you. He will not turn you away- no matter what you have ever done.
Being a Christian will not mean you won’t ever sin or that you are instantly made perfect. No one is nor ever will be perfect; except God. However, by accepting Him and turning from your past; by acknowledging Him as God, you will have His compassion and understanding to cover your imperfections for eternity.
If you decide to give God your heart all you have to do is pray. Just admit to God you have sinned and ask for His forgiveness. Confess to God that you recognize Jesus died for you to have a way to be with Him when you die. Accept Him in to your life.
If you choose to do this and/or have any more questions please contact me at butterflyblue1116@yahoo.com

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