The Bible is clear that the only way to receive everlasting life is through believing in Christ Jesus. The passage of John 3:16 reads: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Christ Himself says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
Many times, we see what God has told us we must do, and we decided it is okay to do only some of it or to do it our way, instead of God’s way. There will be consequence for disobeying the Lord. Just because we received grace in Christ does not mean we can still consciously commit sin. A sin is the breaking of God’s Law, the Ten Commandments (1 John 3:4), and the consequence of sin is death (Romans 6:23). The Scriptures in Romans 6:1-2 are very clear: “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid!”
Unfortunately, death is one of the greatest penalties for sin. We take comfort in knowing that, though death will still occur until the day on which the Lord will return, death no longer needs to be feared by believers. Christ defeated sin, defeated death, when He died in our place and rose again.
Hell. The mere mention of this word conjures up various images in our minds, most very unpleasant. It is often difficult to think of Christianity without remembering an instance where a zealous Christian has approached us with the ultimatum: Repent now or you will burn forever in Hell! But what exactly is Hell? We must allow the Bible, and only the Bible, to be our guide as we search for an explanation.
First, 2 Peter 2:9 tells us that the wicked will not be punished until the day of judgment; “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.” The Bible tells us, in both John 12:48 and Matthew 13:40-42, that the Judgment Day has not already happened… it will be “in the last day” and “in the end of this world”. This means that, according the the words of Jesus Christ Himself, no one is being punished in Hell right now.
Is death really a mystery? For centuries, our ancestors held various beliefs on death. Where do the common phrases, Dead men tell no tales and Rest In Peace, come from? Today many denominations believe and teach that men have a physical body and a spiritual soul, but that is not what the Bible says.
We must put all of our doctrines and ideas to the ultimate test: does it stand up to Scripture? We cannot interpret the Bible to prove our ideas; we must allow the Bible and only the Bible to interpret itself for us! But how? How does the Bible interpret itself? Let us ask the Bible.