We don’t hear much about judgment day or hell these days. Perhaps we have become so modernized (or post-modernized) that condemnation seems out of place in our culture. In fact, with the incredible emphasis we place on tolerance and acceptance of all behaviors, condemnation seems quite inappropriate.
Truth, however, still prevails. There is a right and wrong in all nature. Only one answer is correct in a mathematical formula, physics, grammar, history or most any other discipline of study.
That is because God created a world of order and consistency. If he had not done so, chaos and frustration would reign. Even our laws prescribe a right and a wrong way to live. They must do so. It cannot be otherwise.
God’s moral laws are as binding as his laws of nature. Defy gravity, and you can be killed. Defy moral order, and you suffer severe consequences as well.
Morals and biblical laws are not arbitrary concepts proposed as suggestions on how one might approach life. They are absolutes, because they are based on the nature and character of who God is. His holiness is the standard of all that he creates in heaven and his universe.
God has not gone beyond his rights to demand his people to love, honor and live before him in a way acceptable to his own nature and being. He created us with an ability to remain as holy as he fashioned us. We have all failed repeatedly, and now we have degenerated to the point of believing that he expects too much.
The fall of Satan was based on the premise that he could live independently of God. Adam fell to just that temptation, as well.
Since Adam, men have always believed that they could live without obeying God. We are no different in our generation. Unfortunately, today we shake our fists in the face of God, defy his moral law and dare him to do anything about it.
God has been long-suffering, because his goodness leads to repentance. Yet, when we sneer at repentance and rebel against God’s commands, only condemnation can result. We have chosen to sin – and to sin, with its consequences, we must go. When the truth is rejected, all else is a lie.
God has warned us: “The wages of sin is death.” He holds out the gift of eternal life. But it must be accepted. He even commands all men to repent. To disobey the direct order of a sovereign is always inexcusable, and is followed by a judgment.
Certainly, God is love. Jesus came not to condemn, but to save the world. Condemnation was already ours. God’s rich love in providing a way of salvation at such great cost while we were yet sinners compels us to flee to him for mercy.
There is a day of judgment for everyone. There is a place called hell.
Repent and believe; Jesus died for your sins and rose again, and you will be saved. To repent is to turn from sin to the righteousness of Jesus. He enables you to live your life in honor of your maker.
If you really believe Jesus, turning from sin’s captivity will be a joy.