Why is it SO hard for Christians (especially)
to believe that
God is going to save EVERYBODY?
Lorraine Day, M.D.
Christians all look forward to going to heaven. In most instances, that is WHY they are Christians. They don’t want to go to hell. But Christianity is really for here and now. In order to be ready for heaven, a person must first become One with God here on this earth. He or she must develop the character of Christ, here on this earth. God does not wave a magic wand and make a person “perfect” after he dies. The perfection of one’s character occurs on this earth, by going through trouble. That’s why Jesus said, “In this world you WILL have tribulation.” (John 16:33)
Spiritual vision depends on our character. It is the “pure in heart” who “see” God it is the “pure in heart” who understand the true character of God (Matthew 5:8).
“My vision of God is dependent upon the condition of my character.
My character determines whether or not truth can even be revealed to me.
Before I can say, “I saw the Lord,” there must be something in my character that conforms to the likeness of God.
Until I am truly Born Again and really begin to see the kingdom of God, I only see from the perspective of my own biases.” Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, July 13.
Unfortunately, we see God through our OWN character, and NOT through His. If I want MY enemies to be destroyed, then I will worship a God who destroys HIS enemies.
I will never be able to see the truly loving character of God until the salvation of everyone in the world is as important to me as my own salvation.
On the other hand, if I am concerned about the salvation of EVERYONE, then God will reveal to me His true character of love.
Only when I understand that God loves everyone in the world, the good and the bad, as much as I love my own children (when they are good or even when they are bad), will I be able to see that God will NOT destroy His enemies, because THEY are all HIS children. Instead, He will change them into His likeness by destroying - not them - but the sin in their life by allowing them to reap what they have sown.
Trials, tribulations and troubles build character and that’s why we are told to “rejoice in our tribulations.” God does not punish us. The consequences of our selfish, ignorant and outright wrong decisions in life bring us all the trouble we need. It is this trouble that eventually convinces us that we are incapable of running our own life. It is this trouble that eventually purifies us of the sin in our life, whether the purification occurs in this era or after the Great White Throne Judgment.
Hearing God’s Voice
We can only recognize God’s voice speaking to us through our mind if His nature is in us. Hearing the voice of God is the expression in us of the nature of the One who is speaking. “The majority of us cannot hear anything but ourselves and we cannot hear anything God says. But when we are finally brought to the place, by trials and tribulations, where we can hear the call of God, we will be profoundly changed.” Ibid., January 16
Who Murdered Christ?
Jesus Christ was murdered by tithe-paying, health-reforming, Sabbath-keeping, Adventists (they were looking forward to Christ’s FIRST Advent), the members of the “Organized Church” of Christ’s time the ones who had been given the MOST information about the things of God the ones who referred to themselves as the “Chosen” or “remnant.”
WHY did they Murder Christ?
Because Christ came bringing salvation for ALL NOT just the “remnant.” He came as a loving Christ, demonstrating the Character of God. He did NOT come as a warrior. The “Organized Church” of Christ’s time wanted a Messiah who would DESTROY their enemies (the Romans) and elevate THEM (the “Chosen”) to the position of power.
The “Organized Church” of Christ’s time had become so degenerate, corrupt and so far from God that they did NOT even recognize Jesus as the Messiah when He came. They accused Christ of having a Devil and they KILLED Him.
It is the SAME Now!
The specific “Organized Church” of today that has been given the MOST information about Christ’s SECOND coming has become so corrupt and fallen into such apostasy that they will only accept a “Killer” God as their “redeemer,” a God who is going to destroy His (and their) enemies in a burning hellfire.
It will be the tithe-paying, health-reforming, Sabbath-keeping, Adventists who eventually will lead the way in calling for the imprisonment and even death of those who declare the TRUE Character of Jesus Christ. And all the other denominations, who also worship a “Killer “ God will join them
We Become Like Those We Admire and Worship
The Bible tells us that we become like the god we worship. If we worship a god who is a killer a god who DESTROYS his enemies then that is what WE become, a killer and a destroyer in our heart.
But Jesus never harmed anyone, and Jesus is/was FULLY God. “They shall call His name Emmanuel meaning GOD with us.” Matthew 1:23 So God cannot be a Killer because Jesus was not a killer. He said, “LOVE your enemies; do GOOD to those who hate you.” That is who Jesus was/is- and Jesus was/is GOD - in human form.
When we have the spirit of Jesus in our heart, we understand that God loves ALL His children the same and He has the power to SAVE them all.
It is true that everyone will reap what he or she has sown, but NOT to eternal damnation.
Psalm 94:15 says that “Judgment returns to righteousness.” The Judgment will return people to righteousness (right-doing) AFTER they have reaped what they have sown.
Isaiah 26:9 says, “. . .for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness (right-doing).”
There it is. The purpose of the Great White Throne Judgment is to turn people back to right-doing, but ONLY after they have reaped what they have sown. The purpose of the Judgment is NOT to annihilate those who do not yet follow Jesus Christ.
A loving parent would NEVER discipline his child by KILLING him. The discipline is to turn them back to right-doing. Anything else would be cruel and punitive.
God’s “WILL (the Greek word is thelema and means “will” not “desire”) is that NONE should perish and that ALL should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 And God “is operating everything according to the counsel of His OWN Will.” Ephesians 1:11
God is not in a hurry. He literally has “all the time in the world.” And He knows exactly how to get us where He wants us, and that is for ALL to be One with Him.
“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. . . (then everyone will be alive) that God may ALL in ALL.” 1 Corinthians 15:26,28
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