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  • Final States

    The True Life is the Next Life
    Everyone will die (Heb. 9:27), but everyone will also live forever – there.  Where is “there?”  It all depends upon your relationship with Jesus (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
    Jesus actually spoke more of hell, than of heaven.  Jesus is very concerned with our final destiny.  We are all born with a ticket to hell (John 3:18). Is there anyone who doesn’t want to exchange it?
    All will be called to salvation by the gospel, the Good News of Jesus, the Christ (Matt. 13:1-23, 22:9-10, 24:14, 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:45-48; John 1:6-9; Acts 13:47; Rom. 10:14-21, 16:25-26;  1 Peter 4:17; Rev. 20:6).  Some will accept the gift, and some will DENY Christ.
    The English Bible refers to the place of the dead as “hell.”  This is very misleading.  In Hebrew, the word translated as hell is Sheol.  In the Greek it is Hades.  In the Bible, Sheol, or Hades, is a place of sleep, rest, and waiting for the resurrection and the judgment, not hell, as we think of it today in the west.  A few saints were predestined by God to be raptured (taken to heaven), and are not waiting in Hades (Deut. 34:1-8; Matt. 17:3).   It is tradition that either Moses was raptured like Elijah, or he was resurrected to accomplish God’s plan (Rom. 8:28-29; Jude 9).  However, most are not to be raised immediately.  Most sleep in Hades, awaiting the resurrection of the masses when Christ returns (Gen. 37:35; Psalms 16:9-10,  139:8; Dan. 12:2; Acts 2:27-31, 13:36; Rev. Read More

  • Social Justice, True Love & Social Responsibility

    Health Care & College Education?
    Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Matthew 22:37-40

    Why is there suffering and tragedy in the world when God is said to be so loving, and when God Himself declared the creation to be “Very Good” (Gen. 1:31)? The book “Eden to Evil” gives the answers to these questions and many more that have plagued and confused our church leaders for generations.
    Because suffering, tragedy, and inequality are part of our lives, God gave us guidelines to follow—Social Justice guidelines—but once again, mankind is distorting the Bible AND God’s teachings.
    What exactly is “Social Justice?” Social Justice is an obligation that we, as individuals are admonished to do… to share love, concern, and care for those less fortunate in this life. How we accomplish this (whether through individual effort, or through governmental action), is the challenge every society grapples with. Social justice is showing true love, and actually taking responsibility for our actions toward others. Should we ignore those in need, or care for them as we are able. Some consider social justice to be a right to be enjoyed by those less fortunate…meaning that there are minimal obligations that individuals and society must meet in order to be humane. Some consider social justice to be a responsibility…meaning that individuals and society must care for those in need.
    Each individual must determine exactly what is the minimal standard necessary to care for those in need. Read More