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Unbelief: Everyone Doing What Seems Right to Them
Being a believer in Jesus Christ is so very much like the amazing truth of how light shining into darkness gives a person insight into information that we never knew. It isn’t that hard to understand what I just stated. We find out things that we weren’t even aware that we didn’t know. You just have to witness to others for a short time to realize that Scriptures tries to reveal to its readers the only way to be saved and get to Heaven, but most people have their own ideas. For instance, when one goes out witnessing, they think that with the information that they have and are willing to share, that people would soon realize the good news of needing a Savior, but most people don’t know or believe that it applies to them. Worse yet, it doesn’t matter what they believe, it is almost guaranteed that they think when they die that they will not go through an eternity of pain and anguish.
This is what the Bible tells us as in Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25 tell us, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” In truth, things are the same as when the people of the Bible lived years ago where everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 17:6 and 21:25) If you doubt what I just stated, then I challenge the reader to go out and ask people what their beliefs are and you, the reader, will see this for yourself.
You will likely find many Moslems, Mormons, Atheists, Roman Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Universalists, and followers of many eastern religions as well. It doesn’t matter what they believe or how they practice their faith, the most common answer to the question about their future expectations about when they die, has almost the same ideas with little variation about what happens. Most everyone thinks that when they die, either that’s it for them, as if there is nothing, but that they simply die and life ends. Either that, or there will be a better life beyond the wall of death for them despite what they believe. Most all of them are simply living as those did in the past, doing what they think is right in their own eyes. This is where the line stops for those who are not saved. Some of the readers of this simply don’t care, but those who do care probably never heard that the correct answers are told in Scriptures. These correct answers are according to God’s way, a much superior way and the only way that matters when it comes down to it. The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 - “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Notice how complete a statement that is. It says, ALL Scripture, that the man of God will be complete, and thoroughly equipped, for EVERY good work. It informs us to seek first the kingdom of God, the only wise way to live, not by how right you think, but how He, our Creator, tells us to live. That is why we are told to test everything that we feel is right with His word. The Holy Bible tells us that it is written so we can know the correct answers in every detail, so we can get past our human “feels right to me” attitude and tendencies.
The Bible instructs us in everything we should know. We might be fearful about what translation we buy, being concerned about if something is twisted or not. Being a human, yes, we will make mistakes or maybe get misled at times, but the Bible gives us guarantees that if we seek with our whole heart, we’ll find the answers, the correct answers. That is one of the great reasons to have fellowship in a good Bible teaching church, to test what you think and then you’ll know if and when you have the truth. When you learn to deny yourself, and submit to His ways, that’s the moment of that special time of when, “being born again” happens. Then having made the decision to turn from your way to follow our Lord and Savior, the answers will start making sense. That’s when you will start to know the truth, and the truth will set you free to serve God. (John 8:31-32) We experience the reality of what Ephesians 1:13-14 tells us, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” In other words, if the Bible says that you are saved and why, you can know this for sure. It’s not just a feeling that you might have the right way like you were living previously.
Oh, there are the ones that say they don’t care and do know that they are headed for an eternity of Hell. The Bible tells us, there will be burning, torment, and the worm never dies. You have a choice, but when you are having a bad day, you have a genuine dislike of pain or discomfort, just like everyone has. If you know and hate these emotions today, how much more when you die? Just imagine how you’ll feel when you discover that there is no way to gain a better situation, that you had your chance, made your choice, and you blew it. As Psalm 73:17 tells us when questioning why evil people seem to prosper in this life, “Until I went into the sanctuary of God, then I understood their end.” Don’t make that mistake by living according to what feels right to you. Learn what the correct way is, and turn to the one answer anyone has – Our Lord and God, Jesus Christ who told us all that He is the only way, the truth and the life. (John 14:6) Learn to live what is right in God’s eyes by learning His word.