As believers we look forward to an eternity with our loving Lord. How did we learn of such things?
We learned of them because of others obedience to the commission that Christ gave to the church, which is to go out and spread the Good News.
Mark 16:15-16 –15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
What happens when someone dies without forgiveness in their sins?
They are separated from our Lord and go to hell for eternity. Now if someone hears the message that you have been trying to share, then you have done your best. If you believe faith is a personal thing just for oneself, then the commission of going out and sharing the Good News is not being fulfilled.
Matthew 5:13-16 – 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
We are to exalt the King. Shout it from the mountain tops. Jesus Christ is Lord and He died for us so that we do not have to pay the penalty of an eternal destiny in a place for those who have rejected the free gift of grace.
If you had friends in a burning building, would you try to warn them to get out?
You see it’s not just that Heaven is a place for those who love God and made Him Lord, but Hell is exactly that, hell. It’s not a lonely bar. It’s not a place where you get your feelings hurt. It’s a place of torment that was created by God for Satan and those who have rebelled against Him.
What are people guilty of that will have them end up in Hell? Buying what the devil was selling. You can eat of that tree and you will be like god. You will be the god of your own life and you can live it any way you want with no one to answer to. Pride. It’s a lower level for some than others, but nevertheless pride.
God wants us to freely choose Him. He wants lovingly obedient, humble, and grateful children.
If you do your best to reach those doomed for destruction, then you’ve tried. God can’t make others love Him. But if you didn’t, then how do we know if they would have accepted Him or not?
We know the Lord, because of those who loved the Lord enough to obey Him. Reaching others for God is a job that is expected from all those who love Him. Praying, witnessing, loving, caring, and sharing God’s love and Word.