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"I think it's wrong to say that God is going to judge us when we die."
I hearkened and heard, [but] they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.
Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD. Jeremiah 8:6-7
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Writer: Billy Graham | billygraham.org
Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, ... who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:2-5 (NIV)(verse 2) Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
(verse 3) Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
(verse 4) Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
(verse 5) Who satisfieth thy mouth with good [things; so that] thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.Psalm 103 verses 2-5
Let me ask you a question: Do you honestly believe that all those tyrants who killed millions will never be held responsible for their crimes? Do you honestly believe that child abusers and drug dealers and those who oppress the poor, and all the others who bring misery and death to our world, will never be held responsible for their crimes? I hope not.
And would it shock you to discover that no one in the Bible spoke more about judgment and Hell than Jesus? I suspect it would — and yet it's true. He warned that someday God will say to all those who have ignored His laws,
Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Matthew 25:41 (NIV)Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.Matthew 25 (KJV) verse 41
But this isn't the whole story! God also is kind and merciful and loving, and He yearns for us to know Him and be with Him in heaven forever. That is why He sent His only Son into the world. Jesus Christ came for one reason: to save us from our sins. He did this by taking upon Himself the judgment and punishment we deserve.
The Bible says,
God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV)But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5 (KJV) verse 8
Don't turn your back on Christ, but by faith open your heart to Him and trust Him alone for your salvation.