The cover of Time magazine recently featured Pastor Rob Bell and his controversial new book that hones in on the weighty issue of eternity. Neskatoties uz Bell intervijas apiet, jo grāmata iznāca, the book flatly endorses Universalism – the notion that all will get a chance to come to Christ after death no matter what beliefs they held to in this life. I find that position impossible to hold in light of a multitude of scriptures.
I see the heart of God broken for the Lost, but they are still the Lost as the Bible addresses them.
The Lord is…not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. (2 Pet. 3:9, NKJV) Clearly the heart of God is that all come to know Christ and spend eternity in the presence of God. Will that choosing of God be violated? Clearly yes.
For many are called, but few chosen. (Matt. 20:16, NKJV) Based on the context of Jesus’ words we could easily restate that concluding statement to this: “Many are called but few choose.” Most want to choose their own way forward and violate God’s choosing of them for relationship with God. It is particularly true that religious people choose their own way versus the way of humility into relationship with God. Few choose the way of humility. Few (something less than 50%) find authentic relationship with God through Jesus’ atoning death for them.
Bottom line, was Bin Laden a follower of Jesus? Of course he wasn’t. I don’t mean to be a party pooper but here’s what I think. Though millions of Americans are celebrating the shooting of this notorious criminal, ir jēga, ko Dievs nav svin. Jā, Ļaunums ir tiesāti. Par to mēs esam pateicīgi. No otras puses,, šis cilvēks ir devies uz bez Kristus mūžībā. Tiem, kas saprot sirdi Dieva, tas nav nekas, lai saņemtu pārāk satraukti par, neatkarīgi no ļaunuma, viņš stāvēja.