Up until a few hundred years ago, Christians uniformally believed in the sudden and total return of Jesus Christ. Then a man named John Nelson Darby ran with an idea by some obscure monk that there are two groups of people who God is working with, namely Jews and the church universal.
Worse yet, some Christians think that there will be a future slaughter of the Jews that will make the Holocaust seem like a paper cut. These people even worked to settle Jews in Israel while believing that most of them would be exterminated during the great tribulation.
I object to this end times notion. People who cling to that idea don’t realize that they’re reading their Bibles literally rather than literately. Proponents of end times prophecy assume that we who live nearest to Christ’s return are somehow special and the Bible is written to us. Careful study and an understanding of Jewish history shows how wrong these people are.
The entire Bible is about humanity’s fall and God’s plan to save as many as will trustin the Saviour. Jesus himself said to the Pharisees in John 5:39 (KJV) that they should, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
Certain people also misread end time scriptures and come up with two resurrections in time. The verses they quote are actually two types of resurrection.
But we can see how the good and bad are separated in Matthew 13:47 to 50 (KJV). “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
I’ll be writing so much more about eternity in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heven? Choosing to follow Christ is the most important decision we can make.
Continuing on with the theme of discipleship, we often miss key points of Christ’s teaching because we’re too familiar with the gospel. It’s like when a person hears a piece of familiar music and suddenly a lyric or instrument surprises the listener.
I’ve had that experience with songs like “Are You Experienced” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. On it, Jimi pressed the A key on a piano repeatedly. Until recently, I hadn’t noticed that a few of his notes weren’t on time.
In the same way, we all hear seemingly-new things when we study Scripture. One point I missed for years is what Christ did on the Emmaus road.
In Luke 24:25-27 (KJV), we read how Christ chastised two disciples for not understanding that the scriptures, what we call the Old Testament, spoke of him. “Then he said unto them, ‘O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?’ And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”
But this isn’t a fault peculiar to those men. It’s too easy for us to miss key points in the midst of the gospel story. John 5:39 (KJV) clearly states, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” We become so engrossed in the squabble Christ had with the Pharisees that we miss the truth that the Old Testament foretold what would happen to him.
Another point which is lost to the minds of most people is that God commands us all to be under the rule of his Son. That’s partly why I’m writing my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven. Being a Christian isn’t just keeping rules or not committing serious crimes, as some folks think. We must all have a relationship with Jesus who died in our place and rose to give us new life. If only people could grasp the ramifications of that.
As with reincarnation, many naive Christians are led to believe that all religions lead to God. This is false, as I will now demonstrate.
Some religions teach that there are many gods where as monotheist religions teach that there is but one God. How then can these be reconciled if both lead to the one God of creation? The Bible is filled with warnings against false gods.
The Allah of Islam is totally different in character than the God of the Bible. How can they be reconciled? The truth is that they can’t.
What about Buddhism which teaches that we strive to be rid of our desire and personality in order to be absorbed into an impersonal force? That doesn’t square with what the Bible teaches.
Christ made it quite clear in John 14:6 (KJV) when he told his disciples how to follow him to heaven. “Jesus saith unto him, (Thomas) ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.'”
Jesus also made it clear that he is divine when he said in John 10:30 (KJV) when he proclaimed, “I and my Father are one.” By his great miracles and resurrection, he proved his divinity. Only God could do what he did.
Christianity is the fulfillment of Old Testament Judaism. John 5:39 (KJV) proves that when Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
As I have shown in past posts, the Bible is reliable and is God’s word. It’s been proven prophetically, historically, and in many other ways. Only by twisting verses can people make it seem to say something other than it actually does.
I’ll be writing more about other religions and how they are antithetical to Christianity in a book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Many people who say they’re Christians have never surrendered their lives to Christ and been filled with the Holy Spirit. People need to know about the way to eternal life and accept Christ’s magnanimous offer.