For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:10
People actually believe that they will go to hell for some minor infraction of GOD’S Law, that HE sits on HIS throne and sees everything that goes on and kills all that sin. Is this the Truth? Let’s look at one case in point and opposition to this notion. Let’s just take the case of Adam and Eve, who were Created by GOD, and were given the Run of the Place, but with One restriction. They were not to eat of the Tree in the Midst of the Garden. We have no idea what that tree was, but it was not about the tree anyway, it was about Obedience. We all know the text about Eve being tempted and Adam Sinning, but GOD, in HIS Mercy did not kill them, instead HE Provided them with a covering. HE made them Clothes to cover their Nakedness and provided an atonement for their Sin. Does this sound like a Vindictive god who only wants to punish the offenders?
ALL Living things on this earth will die, mercifully, and I say mercifully; For can you imagine living in a fallen world for eternity? GOD is SPIRIT, and HE is concerned with our Spirit, and the body does one thing, it carries around the the Image of GOD, the Spirit, to grow in fellowship with GOD. Do you really think that GOD needs us? Does HE need a gardener to take care of the world, or does HE need someone to Sacrifice an animal so HE can eat? Hardly, HE who created all things is able to take care of HIS creation without any human being. No GOD created us for fellowship and to show forth HIS Mercy, HE did not create us for wrath, nor did HE create hell for us but for Satan and his followers. GOD does not want to see any in hell but wants All to come to the knowledge of Christ. If this were not true then HE could have killed Adam and Eve and Kept trying till HE got perfect people who would keep HIS commands, we all know that HE did not kill them, nor does HE kill us and banish us to hell for our deeds here on earth. Instead HE has provided a way for us to have Atonement for our sin, HE has provided HIS Son Jesus to be a Sacrifice for us. Surely you have attributed to GOD what the gods of this world are like, vindictive, hateful, revenge seeking gods who demand sacrifice even human sacrifice, but this is not GOD’S way, for HE is gentle and kind and full of Mercy and Grace.
No knowing that man was not capable of keeping Even One command, the LORD, provided a way of fellowship with HIM. He is LOVE and Love does not seek to kill what it Loves, but seeks to nurture it and help it, Love wants only the best for that which it loves. As a parent loves a child and Nurtures it, teaches it, disciplines it, so does our Heavenly Father, who watches over us. Problem is there is a gulf between us that can only be reached in One way. It is not by our own hand in deeds and works that this can be accomplished, but by HIS work are we able to bridge that gap that separates us. The Battle Belongs to the LORD, and that battle has been Won by Christ who, willingly laid down HIS life for the Salvation and Fellowship of All who would believe. There is the real rub, for GOD has provided but not all believe and because we have All sinned, as Paul told us in Romans we are Dead Spiritually and in need of life. It has always been about the Spirit and Holiness, but man, without GOD cannot be Holy. We are weak and in need of One Who can help us, and the Only One Who can do this is Christ.
It is not the, what some may call minor offenses, that will send us to hell, although they kill the Spirit and estrange us from GOD, but really it is our refusal to, in some cases, even acknowledge that HE Exists. We are here for a short time and the LORD has provided all there is for us to see and to understand that HE has created All things. HE has not left us here without witnesses to HIS creation, for the rocks and trees, the mountains and all of the world Proclaims that HE IS. Because of this, as Paul tells us in Romans, we are without excuse, and we will not be able to stand before GOD and tell HIM that we didn’t know of HIS existence and therefore we should be exempt from HIS wrath. HE has also left us with Human witnesses and many over the Thousands of years have testified as to HIS Mercy and Grace, not only that but HE has inspired many to put in writing what we need to know to live and to have fellowship with HIM. No we are not without witnesses, for they are great in number, each Generation is fraught with them, speaking of the Wonders of the LORD.
It is not because HE is not Evident, but it is because of those, “minor offenses,” and the unwillingness to repent that kills us and separates us from the One Who can Save us. It is our stubbornness and pride that keeps us beyond the gulf and away from the Savior. Take, for instance, another, Cain. Cain had a Brother who gave a Sacrifice as GOD had commanded. Cain also gave a sacrifice, but it was what he wanted to give, instead of what was required. Abel’s offering was accepted, because it was what GOD required. while Cain’s was not. Cain became angry because of the rejection of his offering. The LORD Spoke with Cain about it and told him that if he would do well he would be accepted, but if not then Sin lay at his door. GOD told Cain that rather he should rule over his Sin and do the right thing. Obviously Cain did not listen for his anger grew to Murder. Our brother James says that a desire when unchecked brings for Sin and Sin when full grown brings forth Death. First death of the Spirit then if not taken care of the body dies also and there is no more atonement for sin.
You may say, “well I just don’t believe this,” and in the natural I can understand what you are saying. These things a discerned by the SPIRIT and natural man cannot receive what the SPIRIT has for them, it must be received by faith, as Paul explains to us in his writings. In order for you to, even receive this, you have to, by faith, believe that GOD exists and that HE Alone holds the answers to life, but this is only a beginning for then after belief comes the understanding that we are All sinners, incapable of Pleasing GOD except through HIS Son. Then knowing this we have to Repent of Our Sin, not only those “minor offenses” but the major offense of Denying GOD and HIS Salvation. If you do not believe you do so at your own peril for one day we will all be held accountable for our actions while we were here, for it is appointed unto man Once to Die and then comes the Judgement. When one turns to Christ and trusts in HIS finished work for their salvation then we Die with Christ and have been judged Not Guilty. With help of the HOLY SPIRIT we can then live a life that able to understand what the Spirit says, as we read and study GOD’S word we get better at understanding and if our hearts are right then we welcome the rebukes when we err, instead of balking and continuing in our sin. Yes those who are Saved still sin, so don’t think that you are the exception, for there was and IS ONLY ONE EXCEPTION and that is Christ who lived a life in a body but without Sin, so that HE could be a perfect sacrifice for us. What we are to do is when the LORD rebukes we should, as David did, Repent and understand that we have Sinned against GOD and HIM only. Then we can ask for forgiveness and grow from what we have been through. There may be consequences to our Sin, but even that will help us grow as Christians.
I hope that I have been able to help some to understand that GOD loves us and that HE is asking the we love HIM also, HE does not force us to Love HIM, for that would not be love, but coercion. Let not sin lead you unto hell but turn to the LORD and receive forgiveness, for hell is not a nice place.
Until next time, thanks for looking, al