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Are you actually saved?

In my last post, we discussed the righteous and loving judgement of God. Many church goers suppose that this judgement doesn’t apply to them because they are saved by grace through faith. This idea is reinforced by one of the most beloved and quoted verses in the Bible: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Salvation sounds easy enough, right? It’s no wonder this is one of the most famous Bible verses. But this is not the only thing the Bible has to say about your salvation! Is entering eternity with the Father actually that easy? Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13) Jesus didn’t sound too optimistic, did he? Perhaps it’s worthwhile to take our time to evalu

How could a loving God condemn people to the lake of fire?

The question of how a loving God could condemn people to the lake of fire is one of those questions that Christians have a hard time understanding and unbelievers have a hard time accepting. There seems to be a paradox in the ways we describe God: God is on one hand, the loving, merciful Father who forgives sin and wants everyone to be saved; and on the other hand, an angry, wrathful Judge, hell bent on punishing anyone who doesn’t perfectly uphold his impossible standards. There’s the God who is like your selfless high school teacher who would sacrifice anything to see you succeed, and the God who is like your angry boss who finds fault in everything you do. So, how do we reconcile these two extremes? How could a loving God condemn people to the lake of fire? Justice for Gerald Gerald was an older gentleman who lived alone. He was beyond his working years and had outlived his wife and relatives. But he wasn’t unhappy or lonely; he got along great with his neighbors. He lived in
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