How to Live Forever (without joining a Religion)

How to Live Forever
Let us consider the following accounts during the time Jesus walked on the earth.
Jesus talking to the Jews said.. “I have come to you representing my Father, and you refuse to welcome me, even though you readily accept others who represent only themselves. You gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from God alone. “ (John 5:43- 44)
”The Father and I are one” (John 10:30)
The high priest said to him, “I demand in the name of the living God that you tell us whether you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus replied, “Yes, it is as you say. And in the future you will see me, the Son of Man, sitting at God’s right hand in the place of power and coming back on the clouds of heaven.”
Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror, shouting, “Blasphemy! Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy. (Matthew 26:63-65)
Jesus said to the man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” “Who does this man think he is?” the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to each other. “This is blasphemy! Who but God can forgive sins?” The Jewish leaders tried all the more to kill him. In addition to disobeying the Sabbath rules, he had spoken of God as his Father, thereby making himself equal with God.
The Jewish leaders replied“…you, a mere man, have made yourself God.” (John 10:33)
After reading the above passages, you may have realized many trends. I would like to draw your attention to a simple yet common theme. This particular theme stirred up many who listened to Jesus talk. The Jewish leadership and others sought to even kill Jesus because of it and eventually we know they did. But why such hatred for an apparently good man who healed, and even performed countless miracles? Why would simple statements and acts of kindness and love by Jesus cause the leaders to cry out “blasphemy!” from a simple statement by Jesus? We know the answer from the verses above.
Jesus claimed one thing that was clear to all who heard Him speak. Jesus made the claim to be God and this was obvious blasphemy to the Jewish leadership. Likewise, even today this remains true. This claim continues to be considered blasphemy by Jesus and/or anyone who claims to be God unless of course it is true and Jesus truly is who He says He is. Like the Jewish leaders, I am aware that many today choose to believe Jesus is not who He claims and yet are willing to accept the account of the life of Jesus. In fact, many might even consider Jesus to be a good teacher and one who would offer good advice.
For us this remains true. If we do not believe Jesus is God than no one can be able to trust anything Jesus says to be the truth. If you do not believe Jesus is who He claims to be, than how can one trust Him to have been even remotely a good teacher? The choice remains. Either Jesus is God and the Savior of the world with power to forgive sin or He is not. Your life depends on who you put your trust in. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)


Forget Fairness: There’s a battle of Good vs. Evil


In the aftermath of CNBC’s liberal attempted whipping at the latest Republican presidential candidate debate, what many of us already know is the media could care less about treating conservative and God-fearing people fairly.  There is simply reason for this.  These are the media types many of whom are Democrats with liberal ideologies and anti-biblical worldviews.   They have a blinding hatred of God and because their love of sin comes first, there won’t be much interest taken for what is good, right or just.  Because of their love of breaking God’s commands (which is sin) is so great,  there isn’t going to be much interest in defending innocent life or praising biblically based family values either.   Fairness in their mind would mean they would have to look at what God thinks about sin. They would have to look outside themselves and acknowledge that perhaps they are accountable to a higher power.  This isn’t likely because doing so would mean facing hard truth’s and consequences about their own sin filled hearts.

Take a simple debate for example and suppose a candidate believes something contrary to what God says is right like gay marriage.  You better know that anybody who already wants to break God’s commands will support this candidate because they will publicly defend and even excuse breaking God’s commands (sin).   The opposite is true. When a candidate or person stands up to proclaim their support for biblical values and even believe God’s commands to be the truth and  worth obeying,  such a person might as well have a giant target on their back.  Therefore we see sides being clearly drawn but this shouldn’t surprise any of us.  This is a classic example of good vs evil.

We see this battle of good vs evil being played out in a literal and physical way when ISIS and Muslims kill Christians for a seemingly simple belief in Jesus.  We see the same battle when big-shot media types attempt to verbally destroy God-fearing presidential candidates in a debate and on their TV shows.  We see the battle of good vs evil when police are increasingly becoming characterized as the enemy even in the face of growing crime and murders.  The lines have already been drawn between good and evil and it’s up to us to recognize and call it for what it is.   So which side are you on?  What happens after you die will be determined by what you think now.

“It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment”  Hebrews 9:27


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