Blessings Sis "D"
Sis why are you struggling with this so?God is a Just Merciful & Loving God....He spared not His Only Begotten Son,because He loves us?Just imagine from His standpoint...I am condemned to die(me-Kwik),sentenced to be burned alive at the stake but you(you-Denise)step up to the lynch mob & say}"Stop,I want to take Kwiks place-I love her-burn me,not her"......and I walk over & spit in your face while you are burning!I say"nah,thats okay- I don't love you-I don't care that you did that I did not ask you to".......................You see,yes....they will burn in eternal torment
And the worst part is.....your dad asked you to die for me & you said"yes"& he watched you burn for me & he watched as I spit in your face!!!!!!
With love,in Christ-Kwik
Why am I struggling, well, it's because of those that are not saved, like my family, like my mother that died 20 years ago. I know I am not to put anyone, not even children or a husband (which I have neither). It is hard to believe others I know will go to hell because they reject Christ, but I know what the bible says about that, they will unless they come to Jesus. I am struggling because I want to know the Truth, as much as I can. And I read things in the bible that I question, so I seek help.
God bless, denise, a sister in Christ
I look at it like this. It's kind of like simple economics.
Imagine if you commit a petty crime and a magistrate fines you twenty dollars, then you commit another crime and are fined another twenty dollars, then another crime you are fined thirty dollars.
You now owe seventy dollars and cannot pay for your crimes (sins) until every last cent is paid.
However, the court may decided to write your debts off, but even if it does, any economist will tell you that there is no such thing as a write off, somebody has to pay for it.
Jesus comes along with his infinitely large checkbook and pays off the seventy dollars for you. You are now debt free.
Those that died without Jesus have nobody to write off their debts so they cannot receive salvation unless they pay back every last penny. They are to be judged on every deed they have done, good or bad. I can't know for certain but I would imagine that good deeds may well balance out good ones, because they act as credits.
However, just paying back every penny is not enough, you have to accept God as well. God already knows in a person's heart whether he is 'of him' or not and whether he will accept him..
Then there are those who have rejected God completely, they have chosen Satan over him (you are not of me, you are of him) and they cannot pay back their debts. Their deeds don't count, good or otherwise.
God knows his flock and he will collect every single one of them, including the lost sheep. There are some sheep however, that don't belong to his flock. The sheep that don't belong to his flock do not have their names written into the book of life.