Most Christian denomination today is doing their best to preach the gospel to the entire world. While I don’t have anything against this, the motivation behind their effort is that they believe that TODAY is the only day of salvation. But does this accurately reflect what the Bible said?
A couple of nights ago, I had a chance to talk to a “Christian” and told me that today is the only day of salvation. What he said shocked me as I suddenly realized that his statement and belief reflects the doctrine of the mainstream Christianity today. This has led me to write this article.
Is this the only day of Salvation?
One of the saddest tragedies for Christians today is to believe that today is the only day of Salvation. Sad but true, most speakers behind the pulpit teach this doctrine.
So what is the problem to this doctrine?
If this doctrine is true, then we have a God who is a god of injustice. Will a loving and merciful God condemn a person even though that person never heard of the gospel? Will God resurrect billions of people who have ever lived from the time of Adam and Eve just to condemn them and throw them to hell?
Let us face it. There are billions of people who lived and died who never heard of God’s truth. Even today, there are many people who live in circumstances that are beyond their control – people who live in non-Christian countries that will be difficult for evangelists to reach. TO MAKE THINGS WORSE, MUCH OF CHRISTIANITY TODAY IS IN A MESS WITH DIFFERING DOCTRINES, BELIEF, PRACTICES, AND CREED. So how can Christian religions be able to save the world???
So how can you say that God will ignore these people and only save a select few? If God wants to save this whole world, surely, He ALREADY FAILED!
What people failed to understand?
Here’s the crux of the matter: God wants everyone to be saved. There is no doubt about that. We can read this through the following verses.
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9).
“Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways… “ (Ezekiel 33:11)?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
God so loved the WORLD and not just the Christians. He wants to save all of us – every single soul who lived this planet. Most people consider John 3:16 as the golden verse in the Bible, but they only stop there. They don’t read the following verse that Jesus is not sent to condemn this world, but to SAVE it.
An Ugly Scenario
Think about this: if you are a person who lived during the Old Testament and at that time, salvation is to the Israelites only. You died and never had the chance for salvation. The moment you wake up again, you are in front of God’s throne of Judgment. God sentenced you to death. You plead will all your being to be given a chance since you did not have even had the opportunity to choose or reject God. It is never your fault that you live during that time. If God will condemn you, will you consider God as merciful and just? Of course, NOT!
Now, what if you have a child who died before he can have the consciousness to decide to follow God? Will God condemn your child simply because the child did not follow Him?
Truly, there is something wrong in the popular teaching of mainstream Christianity today!
A chance to be offered to ALL MANKIND
Here is the truth that you can find in the Bible. God will give everyone a chance. Even the most notorious and wicked men in history will be given a chance which include Hitler, Nero, Pol Pot, and many other dictators – simply because God is merciful and He loves every single person in this world.
Three resurrections mentioned in the Bible
Do you know that there are three resurrections mentioned in the Bible?
Revelation 20:5 said in the later part, “This is the first resurrection.” If there is a first, then obviously, there is a second. Even Jesus Christ is considered as the first to be risen from the grave (Acts 26:22-23).
I don’t have enough time to discuss this vital subject, but you can read more about the different resurrections with the additional reading that I will enumerate later.
A Proof of God’s Love
In Revelation 20:5, we can read, “But the rest of the Dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished.”
Did you grasp that? After the millennial reign of Jesus along the His saints, the rest of the dead will LIVE AGAIN!
Why, what’s the reason? For them to learn God’s truth for the very first time. You will read in Revelation 20:7 that “Satan will be released from his prison” after the thousand years had expired, “to deceive the nations” and to test whether the people will follow God or not.
With these parameters, concluding that these people are resurrected to be thrown in the lake of fire is UTTERLY wrong. Since Satan would still test these people. Therefore, this will be the chance of all the billions of people who have ever lived and died throughout the history.
Another proof that God will give each person a chance
Do you know the Vision of Valley of Dry Bones? It is found in Ezekiel 37:1-14. I don’t have time to mention all the verses so I will just summarize.
In this vision Ezekiel is shown by God that He will give a chance for the Israelites to choose His way. Notice verse 12-14, “Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, and shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.”
This is supported by Romans 11:26, which tells us that “… all Israel will be saved.”
We know that the Israelites are a rebellious people and the only promise given to them are physical blessings. If it is true that today is the only day of salvation, then why would God resurrect them and give them a chance to learn His ways? Certainly, there is more than one day of salvation!
Yet, another proof again
Luke 12:32 said, “fear not, LITTLE flock…” we can see all throughout the history that the true and real Christians are always the minority of this world. Even the mega Christian churches today are really not the true church since they are not doing the commandments of God but rather doing the commandments of men.
We can also see in Revelation 12:9 that Satan “deceives the WHOLE world”.
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” (John 15:18-19).
This world is constantly pictured as the world of Satan (II Cor. 4:4). God is only working with a small group of people today – so insignificant in number that they are considered as no one in this world.
Now, think about this, if God is ever merciful and just, will He not extend His mercy to all the world? Remember that God does not show favoritism or partiality (Romans 2:11).
One final Proof
Let’s read, Revelation 20:11-12.
“Then I saw a large, white throne and the one who was sitting on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and no place was found for them. I SAW THE DEAD, BOTH UNIMPORTANT AND IMPORTANT, standing in front of the throne, and books were open. Another book was opened—the Book of Life. The dead were judged according to their actions, as recorded in the books.”
Along with the verses Matthew 11:21-24, we can say that these people who are just resurrected are the people who do not know the truth of God, since the people who knows the truth of God are already resurrected at the beginning of the millennial reign.
Right after they are resurrected, they will be taught of God’s truth and whether they will answer the call of God or not, that is the time when God will execute judgment.
The satanic deception that has plague the mainstream Christianity today is very prevalent. Sadly, most people believe this diabolic doctrine.
God is merciful and He is not willing for anyone to perish. He will give everyone a chance to salvation. Of course, God is also the God of Justice. We can see in revelation that in spite of God’s warning and the realness of God, there will still be people who will stay wicked, incorrigibly wicked. They will be thrown to the lake of fire and instantly be gone and along with their memories – instead of being burned forever as what Christianity today suggests.
For the righteous, God will reward an eternal blessing, too great that it is too much to be comprehended today. We must be joyous to have a God of Justice and at the same time, the GOD OF MERCY!
The Resurrection of the Dead: What Does the Bible Really Teach?
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Series 3 – The Great Teachings of the Bible and What They Mean for You: Bible Prophecy and You
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