by Bill Nugent
Skeptics, agnostics and even many evolutionists claim to believe in God. The agnostic might say “Oh, but I do believe in God and I believe God is all loving and accepts everybody no matter what they’ve done.”
When I hear someone say that God accepts everyone regardless of sinful state I must admit that a part of me wishes that it were true. I kind of like the idea of God accepting everybody, including unrepentant criminals into heaven. However, the god that the agnostic professes to believe in is not the God described in the Bible. We must deal with reality.
The god who only loves and never condemns anyone is a god that doesn’t exist. This god is a god of their own imagination. This is the imaginary god. The imaginary god has no Bible, no creed, no miracles and no laws. They who follow this god say that you can just do as you please and as long as you live a somewhat clean life you’re OK and you’ll walk straight into heaven after you die. Some would go so far as to say that there is no hell.
Do you really think that Hitler and Stalin got away with it all? Do you really think that God, the real God, doesn’t condemn sin?
The Bible is a book of supernatural origin. The supernatural nature of the Bible is confirmed by signs, wonders and miracles. Chief among these miracles are the many examples of prophecy and fulfillment of prophecy contained in the Bible. There are literally hundreds of prophecies written in the pages of the Bible that later came to pass in history. This is one way that God has verified His word.
No other sacred writings of any other faith has anything to compare with the Bible’s record of prophecy and fulfillment of prophecy. A book entitled Evidence that Demands A Verdict by Josh McDowell lists many Bible prophecies and meticulously shows their fulfillment and documentation in history.
The Bible describes the God who is really there. The Bible describes reality. Let me emphasize: REALITY IS NOT OPTIONAL! The Bible says “God is love” (1 John 4:8) but also says “our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29). The Bible also warns us “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God” (Romans 11:22). God is good to those who turn to Him and who obtain redemption through His Son Jesus. God is severe to those who reject Him and reject His offer of forgiveness.
God’s mercy, forgiveness and redemption is freely given to us through Jesus who died for our sins and was raised from the dead for our justification. God loves us all and invites us all to obtain salvation. Don’t trust in the imaginary god but turn to the God who is real!
Steps to salvation:
Jesus said “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).
Prayer to receive salvation:
“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).
To receive the salvation that Jesus purchased for us at the terrible cost of His suffering and death on our behalf I invite you to pray this simple prayer:
“Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for sending Jesus, the promised Messiah, to die for my sins. I admit that I am a sinner. I repent of my sins and I ask for your forgiveness on the basis of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I ask you to fill me with your Holy Spirit to empower me to serve you under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
If you prayed this prayer in the humble sincerity of your heart then you have received everlasting life, which includes power to live right in this life and entrance into heaven in the afterlife!