The key to understanding why good people in hell revolves around The Book of Life and the Book of Works. The Book of Life contains the names of everyone who were ever born. Those who died without a savior had their names blotted it out of the Book of Life And will be evaluated by their behaviors which are recorded in the books of worksAnd will be evaluated by their behaviors which are recorded in the Books of Works.
Revelation 20:11-14 describes the Great White Throne Judgement, when those who’ve died without a savior are given the opportunity to convince God why he should let them into heaven unforgiven with our Savior.
I imagine that those waiting their turn with Jesus to be organizing their speakers to show Him why they’re good enough to go to heaven
God will be so good in the Book of works why they are not good enough. Then, the Lord will open up the Book of Life and discover, as he already knows, that their names are not there. Tragically, they will be talked into the lake of fire and assigned to hell for eternity.
The problem is that no one is good enough for God’s Heaven. If he were to let us into heaven with all of our sin we would wreck the place.
The fact is we need the righteousness of Jesus, and our surrender to Him as Lord and Savior, to clean our lives of sin and make us fit to live in heaven.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.Romans 6:23
John 3:16-17 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but she said the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
In Romans 2, the apostle Paul shares with us seven factors of judgment that Jesus will use when he opens the Book of Works at the Great White Throne Judgement. From the books Jesus will prove what good people are not fit for heaven.
Romans 2 does not show people how to be saved. This passage shows people why they are lost! These are not the principles of salvation. These are the principles of evaluation.
Here are seven reasons why people are disqualified from entering into God’s Heaven:
1. God will evaluate according to truth as outlined in the Bible (Romans 1:3).
God will judge everything according to truth because we All are in the habit of comparing ourselves with others.
On judgment Day God will say to those who died without Jesus as your Savior, “let’s judge you for who and what you really are.”
2. God will evaluate according to His kindness (Romans 2:4).
God’s judgment will be in proportion to the amount of kindness that God poured out to people during their lifetime.
God expends his kindness to us that he might lead us to repentance.
Christians wonder why they lost people who seem to have it so good. The answer is that it’s just God kindness to turn them to repentance – The longer they reject his kindness, the more inexcusable they will be when they stand out the Great White Throne Judgement.
3. God will evaluate according to His accumulated wrath (Romans 2:5).
Hardening of the arteries can take us to an early grave – but hardening of the heart, spiritually, will take a ultimately to the Lake of Fire.
If the grace and kindness of God has not led us to repentance, then every day, moment by moment, hour by hour, we are storing up drops of the terrible pressure of God’s wrath that will break forth at the Great White Throne.
God is allowing us to live and he is holding back punishment – giving us kindness- so that we might return to Him and repentance.
Our judgment for eternity will be in direct proportion to the amount of kindness that God has given to us in which we ignored it’s coming from God.
4. God will evaluate according to deeds (Romans 2:6-10).
Standing before God now is the person who says, “Look, God judge me according to my deeds. I’ve lived a good life. Take my good works and put them beside my bad ones and certainly the good will outweigh the bad!”
But the problem with the moral man is that he thought that his good deed would be weighed against his bad deeds or at least be compared against the deeds of others.
That is not the case.
God will take the best works of the moral man or woman and compare them with Jesus‘s deeds. Jesus raises the lame, gives sight to the blind, and heals the sick. He takes on the sins of the entire world and by His death and sacrifice brings salvation to those who commit to him as their Savior and Lord.
No person in his or her right mind wants to be Joe’s on works. He or she wants mercy.
5. God will evaluate without playing favorites (Romans 2:11).
God offered salvation to everyone because everyone needs it. God is no respecter of persons. He shows no favoritism. Regarding the issue of sin, no one is better than anyone else in God‘s perspective.
From God’s point of view from a 10th story building, Everyone looks alike. Without being irrelevant I can almost hear God saying to some individuals,
“You dummy. Do you really figure that you have calculated some shifty plan that will let you go up against me and get away with it? You don’t have a ghost of a chance.”
In Isaiah 28:21-26, the message translation God says “ Then you’ll see that your precious life insurance policy wasn’t worth the paper it was written on. You are careful precautions against death we’re a pack of illusion and lies. When disaster happens you will be crushed by it. Every time disaster comes you will be in it – Disaster in the morning, disaster at night. Every reporter disaster will send you cowering in terror. There will be no place where you can rest, nothing to hide under. God will rise up to full stature, raging as he did long ago on Mount Perazim. And in the valley of Gibson against the Philistines. But this time against you. Hard to believe but true. Not what you’ve expected, but it’s coming.
He who spared not his own Son but delivered him up” Will certainly not hesitate to judge those who reject his free offer of grace in JesusRomans 8:32
6. God will evaluate according to how well we’ve lived up to the light we’ve received (Romans 2:12-15).
There are two types of people: Those who have heard the gospel and those who have not. Both are judged according to how they respond to what they know. In other words they will be judged on the amount of “light” which they have received.
Those who have heard the gospel have seen the “light“ but by receiving cry they are living up to the level of the light they have received. But there are many people who hear the gospel and reject it. They have not lived up to the light and therefore stand condemned before God.
Of course, this begs a question regarding the natives Africa who will never be exposed to, or hear the gospel during their lifetimesin Africa who will never be exposed to, or hear the gospel during their lifetimes This is certainly unfair to send people to hell they have never had a chance, and most likely will never have the chance, do you hear the gospel and respond positively to Christ.
Paul teaches us that these people will be judged according to how well they live up to what they know and they know much more than we realize. They have an eternal conscience which guards them as to what is right and what is wrong. They can look at the stars at night and see the universe and know there must be a God who created it all.
In a startling way, Paul seems to be teaching us that salvation is available to us who never heard the gospel even if they live up to the light they received.
Who those who by persistence in doing good seat glory, honor and immortality, He will give eternal life. But those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.Romans 2:7-8
This idea of living up to the light brings up some intriguing thoughts. Do you know anyone who’s lived up to the light they have received? Is it possible that God accepts or salvation those who have lived up to the light received, then perhaps, it’s best that we not share the gospel because those who hear it may reject it and be lost. They might have a better chance to live up to the light that you have received.
I’m sharing these thoughts above with you because people have asked questions like these many times over the years. I am not declaring any sort of theological statement. I’m just illustrating some of the things in which people wrestle with.
The key is – are we living up to what we know? The answer is a resounding “No.” No person performs up to the level of what they know. We all fall short.
7. God will evaluate according to the inner secrets of the heart (Romans 2:16).
At the Great White Throne God will open the closet doors and reveal the secrets of the people who stand there. Jesus spoke in this often (Matthew 19:26-27). Skeletons will come out of the closets the . Did a long buried in the depths of memory will be brought up. Unresolved crimes will find their solutions. These are the secrets of men.
As a Christian I know with absolute assurance that I will never stand before this Judgement Bar. “ there is no condemnation for them who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
The way to avoid the Judgement Seat of Christ is to settle our case before it comes to trial.
In this verse, the adversary will be God. He will be Judge, Jury and Prosecuting Attorney.
Christ died on the cross to offer us a chance to accept him now and settle our sin issue before judgement Day comes. If we die without Christ our case will come to trial and God has enough evidence to condemn every person to Hell – and He will. There is Mercy now, settle out of court. The days of Mercy are not without end. When we die our choice is sealed for eternity.
God’s word shows you how to overcome weariness with the help of His lessons and examples. No one knows weariness better than God, who humbly put Himself on this earth and on the cross for the sake of humanity. Jesus taught that humility and unconditional love could overcome all things, and you can overcome weariness by taking comfort from Inspirational messages in the Bible.
Let God Help You Receive Strength
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me. For I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
Don’t dwell on how tired you feel. Instead, concentrate on ways you can still love and serve God and other people. Maybe it’s time to start a Bible study. You can invite people from other churches in your area. It’s a great way to connect.
You Can Be A Disciple Even When You’re Weary
Jesus gave us a mission when He invited His followers to take up the cross for themselves and others. Meditating on this calling brings peace and certainly when your energy is low. Open your heart to receive the immeasurable joy that washes away weariness when you feel overwhelmed by daily challenges.
Tell God All About It
The book of Matthew promises that you aren’t alone, so confess your weariness to the Lord, and He will send you comfort. That comfort doesn’t always come in the form of a change in your circumstances, but might just be a supernatural peace that helps you forge on in the face of weariness.
Ask Jesus For Restoration
“The Lord is my shepherd… He restores my soul.” Psalm 23 is just one place that God promises to restore your soul. This is a reminder that Jesus doesn’t forget you in your labors, whether that means healing from an illness, doing good works or the presence of that peace that passes all understanding.
As you sir in the quiet of your home stay still and let His grace relieve your weariness and restore life and vitality to your body. Far from forgetting you, the Lord waits quietly until you’re ready to receive His mercy and joy,
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask
“Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” -John 16:24
As you pray for you family, friends, church, and neighbors, don’t forget to include yourself. God wants to lighten your load and bring you joy. Never doubt His capacity to take care of the needs of all those who love Him and crave His presence in their lives.
“The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the Universe. He does not flight or grow weary…to Him who has no might might He increases strength.” – Isaiah 40:28-30
Your Work Has A Reward
1. Corinthians 15:28 is just one place God tells you that you are loved and that your faith and work in His Name will be rewarded. This is one of the reasons people of faith can leave low days behind them and look towards the horizon with hope and joy. Let the infectious optimism of other Christians wash away your weariness.
“His master said ti him, ‘well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful… I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” -Matthew 25 23
From our birth God says that we all matter, that we have an indispensable contribution to make to the world. Our contribution is essential and no problem can impede us from achieving the purpose for which we were created. And God gives us resources to overcome every pain and obstacle, to heal from every hurt or abuse.
The ability to forgive is one of those resources that we have. But it is up to us to use it. I found it interesting that forgiveness in Hebrew is “mechilah,” which connects to the root of the word “mochul,” meaning a circle. Life is meant to be a circle encompassing all our experiences and relationships in one harmonious, seamless, whole. When someone hurts us the circle is broken. Forgiveness is a way to mend that fracture.
Forgiveness means not merely forgiving the person who hurt us, but forgiving ourselves as well, forgiving God even life itself with all it’s bizarre often cruel twists and turns.
Forgiveness is letting go and building the confidence necessary to experience healthy and positive growth. It is declaring that you will no longer remain locked in the past as a victim of circumstances; that you will no longer perpetuate negative life pattern through blame and anger that you will and said access his strength and love that God give you day by day, moment by moment in order to fulfill the unique and singular purpose for which you and only you are created.
Forgiveness requires work. But most importantly, it requires a connection to God -the Giver of life. When you remember that your birth is God’s way of saying you matter, that you are vital and important. Irreplaceable and essential to the perfection of gods world, then you can rise above the pain others have caused you and find the love and strength to forgive them and yourself.
When we forgive, the circle is again complete and you find yourself in compass by the Hogle of God creation and feel yourself to be an intra-goal part. When we forgive, we have taken control of our life rather than being a victim of it.
For many people today, words like “worship” and “praise” Have become synonymous with church. Yes it will be fine and worship and praise as something that’s done at church means to diminish what worship really means. Music is a horse away we offer praise and worship to God. Going to church is also a way we offer worship and praise to God. But worship is so much more than that.
God you won the world into our entire being the desire to worship, I think that’s why music is such a huge part of our lives.
True worship isn’t a single app I’m going to church or a song. True worship is a lifestyle, to put it another way our life is our worship. Worship doesn’t exist solely with the compounds of a song going to a church service or an experience. Worship exists in our DNA. There is no such thing asTrue worship isn’t a single app I’m going to church or a song. True worship is a lifestyle, to put it another way our life is our worship. Worship doesn’t exist solely with the compounds of a song going to a church service or an experience. Worship exists in our DNA. There is no such thing as “your life in worship.” And of your life.
Either you’re living a life of worship or you are not. If you are a believer, you were called to offer up our entire lives as worship to God.
Therefore, I urge you brethren by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a holy sacrifice acceptable to God which is our spiritual service of worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.Romans 12:1-2
These two verses, were written at the end of the apostle Paul’s life. They are very powerful and life altering. If you notice the first word in the scripture: They are for. That word is a red flag, it should get our attention, and when we see that word we could always stop and find out what “the therefore is there for.” this is a sign of conclusion to a previous argument, in this case Paul’s argument is the entire 11 chapters of Romans.
In these 11 chapters Paul has been laying out he’s theology of who God is and what God has done, and now in chapter 12 he pivots and laid out what our response to all of that should be. That response is that we should, in light of God’s mercy, offer up ourselves, as a living sacrifice. We should offer up our friends, our family, our hopes, and dreams, our careers and ambitions, our possessions , our time, and our money; Everything we have is given up and worship to God who gave us everything.
Our spiritual act of worship is our life. A whole and complete lie that is holy, which simply means “set apart or different.” By living life differently from the world around usBy breaking patterns of the world and culture that is around us, we are offing, by breaking patterns of the world and culture that is around us, we are offering acceptable worship to God. True worship. A sacrifice of our entire being is how we respond and how we worship him.
When we become followers of Jesus (not religion) We give up everything in service of our Messiah. There is no part of ourselves, our life that exist outside of our life of Christ. Jesus invade the entire heat of our life and transformed us with an all dimensions. He leaves nothing un-touched or un-altered.
To be clear, having a life of worship does not happen overnight. It is something that we strive for every day for the rest of our lives. A life of worship is a long-life pursuit. When you become a follower of Christ it isn’t the end of the story, it’s only the beginning.
Make no mistake building a life of worship takes work and purse purposeful intent. God is always revealing to me my need to grow and mature, and I’m convinced that I will not be fully mature until Christ returns and finishes the good work in me that he began long ago.
Out of all the holy days in the Jewish faith, the second holiest day of the year, second to Rosh Hashanah. Yom Kippur begins October 4th at sundown and last approximately 25 hours and it typically observed with fasting and prayer in alignment with the themes of atonement. The Jews believe that if they are not doing something to serve God. God will have no reason to keep them on earth (wasting oxygen).
Look back to move ahead! What you done in the past year to serve God? Can you be sure God will keep you around for another year? This 25 hour window on Yom Kippur is for abstaining from food, drink and bathing as well as marital relations. reflecting on the past year.These 25 hours are the best time of they year to seek God’s face, ask for forgiveness of your sins, turn from your sin and move ahead and use the gifts God gave you for His purposes. A Ten-day period in the month typically occurring between September and October is called the Tishrei, known as the High Holy Days or Days of Awe, which begins with the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah. It ends on the evening of October 5th.
Yom Kippur encompasses all the emotions for spiritual ablution- from guilt to mourning to resolve.
Yom Kippur marks 10 days of repentance which begin with Rosh Hashanah. During this time it is believed that an individual can influence God’s decree for the coming year. The legal code of conduct for life that Jews follow, the Mishnah, portrays God as inscribing names of people in one of three books on the occasion of Hashanah: one book for recording names of good people, the second book for names of wrongdoers, and the third book for those who are not on either side of the scale.
The Jews believe that through extensive acts of prayer, charity, and repentance during the Days of Awe, the book their names are written in can be changed before Yom Kippur, thus saving their own lives by following God’s purpose for them, and the acts that might very well change God’s mind whether He will take their life.
The Atonement (10-days)
The atonement for sins is achieved through acts of fasting, abstinence from sexual relations , wearing leather shoes, washing and bathing. And visiting the synagogue (church) is also trad, although not alk Jews observe every aspect of Yom Kippur.
The benefits of seeking God have great intentions to make things happen, maybe someone or something gets in the way of that. Even if you can seek God 5-minutes at day you will begin to happen.
Maybe you’ve tried to do this in the past. Maybe you don’t a few times a week. Or maybe something always happens to your schedule, and it’s hard to get back into spa few minutes with God everyday.
I will tell you something I’ve learned. I thought for years I had to get up every morning and get in the Word, Pray and seek God. It was always a struggle for me in the morning. I’m definitely not a morning person. I am usually running late, which makes it hard for me to spend time with God. Guess what,￼ God doesn’t care when or even where you spend time with Him as long as you do it.
Maybe you get distracted my kids, or a spouse and the result is just irritability and frustration. Try to choose a time that’s convenient for you.
So What’s The Big Deal About Meeting With God?
The last 10 years, I have not been a morning person. After my children moved away, I didn’t have to be. My husband is an old military guy, who is perfectly happy taking care of himself in the morning. Plus due to health issues I am up most the night. Usually during the wee hours of the night I’m reading my Bible and Praying, that way I’m free from distractions. I always say a prayer and talk to God before my feet it the floor in the morning.
As long as you spend time with God everyday that’s what’s important.
Many people will tell you “you have to seek God every morning if you want your day to be blessed.” “I say hogwash.” God is going to bless your day regardless of when you spend time with Him. Set a time block that’s good for your schedule and stick to it. You will be amazed the difference it will make when it’s pure undistracted time with the Lord.
Everyone has experienced trauma in their lives, whether, abuse, divorce, death of a loved one, illness, even hospitalizations can be traumatic.
Many people who experience trauma may build defensive walls to help protect themselves psychologically. Sometimes without even knowing we have.
While this may work as a defense mechanism for awhile, it can create problems later in life. I actually thought I had torn all my defensive walls down years ago.
One of the most common of those defensive mechanisms is to create an emotional wall that helps to separate the person from an event. I tend not to trust people and I avoid saying what I feel because I’m afraid of being judged. I tell everyone around me, including myself that I don’t care what others think about me, but deep inside I am afraid of someone saying something to me and pushing my “button” causing me to fight or walk away from people indefinitely.
An emotional wall is a private and hidden haven in which a person can somehow control anguish from which they cannot escape. Sometimes it’s a wall the people aren’t even aware they have put up.
Many people carry these escape havens into intimate relationships in their adult lives, whether they realize it or not. They are unconscious default responses that are ever ready to avoid the pain of potentially re-emerging past traumas. When they are activated they allow a person to unconsciously or consciously hide behind the walls that are still there or have a fight mechanism to deal with them. They become prisoners to their prior experiences and are unable to be fully present in their current life.
These walls show up in many different ways. Sometimes they are subtle and slow to emerge, but at other times, they are intense and reactive, seeming to come out of nowhere. The person retreats behind protective walls and May no realize they are experiencing the buried pain of the original trauma.
Here are a few examples to help you recognize the emergence of defensive walls in yourself or others:
Suddenly Erupting Defensive Walls
These sudden eruptions seem to come out of nowhere and often leave the other person surprised, wounded, confused, or defensive. Often, they have been smoldering for some time without evidence they are brewing.
When a trigger to a prior trauma is activated, the person experiencing it is re-experiencing the original anguish as if it were happening again in the current moment. It can be triggered on the other end of any behavior that rekindles the memory of the past trauma. Almost like a invisible button being pushed.
The person re-experiencing these intense feelings may suddenly snap, walk out, counter attack, or become immobilized, unable to function. They are clearly responding to the other person as if they are someone from the past. Their emotions are out of control, and they can react as if they are about to be morally wounded, and immediately retaliating into their once protective haven.
The other day I was talking to someone who said something about one of my children. Instantly I retaliated and they were shocked, saying it was only a joke, but to me it took me straight back to my childhood. I screamed at them and then went right back into my protective shell, and didn’t speak for two days. That’s when I realized I still had some defensive walls put up.
If people are re-experiencing trauma cannot get their walls for protection up fast enough, they may fall apart. When they are exposed and vulnerable in that way, they often decompensated, exhibiting pain, rage, confusion, or helplessness. Seemingly out of nowhere, they cannot control the flood of emotions that overtake them like a bursting dam.
Meltdowns often accurately qualify as a PTSD response, erupting because of long-term suppression they can no longer bear. If other people have no knowledge of the past traumas you’ve experienced they can feel helpless and don’t know what to do. This can cause a immediate deepening need to disconnect as they once did.
People on the other end of spontaneously and emerging walks often report that the other person seems to be someone they don’t recognize. Drugs or alcohol can too easily be blamed for the sudden eruption, rather then the realization that the hidden trauma is the true culprit.
Eventually, the sudden eruptions and personality changes that often accompany them will emerge independently. A person who is normally quite capable and easygoing can, all of the sudden, erupt in anger and blame, threaten to leave, make wipe-out statements p, or not be amenable to any resolution in that moment.
Rage is not always the on,y reactive behavior. I for example just retreat in silence and have a urgent need to be at a physical distance between e and the entrapping situation. People may also have a present urgency of finality, as if they are never coming back, which may create panic and fear in the other person.
Slowly Emerging Walls
Most people are drawn to other by a sense of familiarity, even if that ensures that these trauma-induced behavior are more likely to happen.
If over time, they begin to be triggered by the same familiar patterns that were part of the original need to separate, they may begin withdrawing into those places that once protected them. Their outward behavior may seem unchanged for a while, but as behaviors begin to emerge that the reminiscent of past trauma, the warning signs of retreat become evident
When people continue to present themselves as stable and fine while feeling disappointed or wounded inside, they are likely slipping into martyrdom. They have less and less ability to receive for fear of losing control. They may begin to keep score internally while seemingly fine on the outside, presenting a “brave soldier’ out-ward appearance while withdrawing internally.
Signs that martyrdom is beginning are subtle. There is less talking, less frustration tolerance, resistance to simple requests, denial of distress, and less interest in events that would normally be more intriguing.
People who are slowly retreating behind their emotional walks often turn to outside relationships or situations while simultaneously being withdrawn in the primary relationship.
When challenged by others that they seem happier elsewhere, they are likely to defend and excuse what they are doing, not wanting to risk their primary relationship by admitting what is obvious. If it’s a partner they might challenge the reality but often might feel futile and powerless to stop it.
Sometimes these escapes are temporary and do help the trauma reaction quiet down. If a person who normally retreats behind walks instead embraces now challenges, commits to self-healing, or just takes time for themselves, it may help them put things into perspective.
Sometimes these escapes can cause love affair, or just giving up and the entire relationship with friends.
Even though no one can change what’s happened in the past, some people just keep repeating the behaviors that continue to harm them. Maybe it’s time to accept the challenges of breaking down those walls for good.