Saturday, May 21, 2011

Public service announcement: the world is not going to end on May 21st

Note: This is not a writing post, but just an explanatory post for anyone wondering if the world really would end today.

Some of you out there may actually be asking yourselves if today is the big end-of-everything-day. I'm not. For anyone who doesn't believe the Bible, what I say will make no difference. For those of you who do believe the Bible, but have been shaken by this guy out there claiming he's got Jesus' return date figured out, please keep the following in mind:
  • The Bible clearly states that no man can know the day or the hour during which Jesus will come back. (Matthew 24:36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.")
  • In fact, as the verse above says, not even Jesus knows the time, but only the Father. In light of this, I'm a little surprised that people still devote so many hours to trying to figure it out.
So relax. If you are saved, which means that you believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and have confessed that He is your Lord, thus putting your faith in what He did for you on the cross to pay for sin, you're in good shape.

If you aren't saved, you can become so not by doing everything right, but by believing in Jesus. That should be comforting, since religions constructed by man always require that you get-your-salvation/go-to-heaven/achieve-nirvana/do-whatever by living perfectly enough or by fulfilling a list of requirements. Since I am far from perfect, I'm exceedingly pleased that my salvation has absolutely nothing to do with my perfectness, but rather is a choice to believe God. (Romans 10:9 "That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.") No pressure. It's up to you.

If you aren't saved and don't want to become saved, you'll just have to find out the hard way. The bad thing about that is, it's too late once you're dead to change your mind, because hell is permanent. This is, of course, why God made a way through Jesus for you not to have to go there at all. (John 3:16 "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.")

Hope this clears it up for anyone who was wondering.

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