My Personal Christian Blog

Thanks for sliding into my blog site. This blog bog is a spin-off from my website at Call me a Night Owl, as my full-time mission and hobby are jabbering from midnight until 8 a.m.ish with chatter bugs across the world. Hoot, hoot! Being a retired newspaper guy and a Curious George, I've written and assembled a whack of stuff that I hope you'll find interesting and thought-provoking. Check out the Stories bar on the right side, below, for all my articles - from my web site and this blog.

July 27, 2018


By NiteOwlDave                                                                            
Recently, I had some guy online ask me, "Why doesn’t God save everyone so we all go to Heaven when we die?"

If you have never heard the gospel, that’s a fair question. If you’re from Baltimore, as this guy claimed he was, it sounds lame. Surely, I told him, you know why the Lord Jesus Christ died and rose again.

I guess he lived under a rock because he said he had not. So I told him. He rejected my explanation and said none of us can know where we will go when we kicks off.

The Bible tells us the way to God, and how to get saved. And we are all born with a gut feeling there is a God.

The Bible is simple and clear that Jesus is the Son of God and is the one door – the one way - to Heaven.   

John 14:6 says, Jesus said, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

On the cross where He shed His sacrificial blood, and died, then rose again from the dead three days days later, He paid for every sin we ever commit.  

If we repent to Him of our sins and sincerely believe and accept that Christ died for us, we are saved. We are not saved by good works, church membership, or baptism. These are evidence markers.

Ephesians 2:8-9 say, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast."

The Bible says we are born with sin. We inherited it from Adam and Eve, the first humans that God created and placed in the perfect Garden of Eden. They chose to break His orders and sinned.

Some ask, “Why doesn’t God just save everyone?”  That suggests we are more compassionate than God is, and that puts us on the wrong track from the get-go.

God chose to create a being so like Himself that man could reason, reflect, and choose his own path. We can accept Christ or reject Him and wind up in Hell.

For reasons likely understandable only when those who are saved get to Heaven, will we understand the mind of God, and freewill.  

Gifts must be willingly received. God has given His very best—His only begotten Son—to settle our sin debt. He does not take the rejection of that offer lightly.

Christian apologist C. S. Lewis famously stated, “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in Hell, choose it.”

July 7, 2018

What happens after death?

From Got Questions                    
Within the Christian faith, there is a significant amount of confusion regarding what happens after death.
    1. Some hold that after death, everyone “sleeps” until the final judgment, after which everyone will be sent to Heaven or Hell. WRONG.
    2.  Others believe that at the moment of death, people are instantly judged and sent to their eternal destinations. WRONG.
    3.  Still others claim that when people die, their souls/spirits are sent to a “temporary” Heaven or Hell to await the final resurrection, the final judgment, and then the finality of their eternal destination. WRONG. 

  So, what exactly does the Bible say happens after death?
First, for the believer in Jesus Christ, the Bible tells us that at death the soul/spirit is taken directly to Heaven. that's because their sins are forgiven by having received Christ as Savior.

John 3:16, says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
For Christ believers, death is to be “away from the body and at home with the Lord”

 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 say, “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

Philippians 1:23 says, “For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.”

If believers go to be with Christ immediately at death, what is the purpose of this resurrection? 

It seems that while the souls/spirits of believers go to be with Christ immediately at death, the physical body remains in the grave for all purposes dead.

At the Rapture when Christ returns to the clouds, the physical body is resurrected, changed to perfection, and then reunited with the soul/spirit. This glorified body-soul-spirit will be united for eternity in the perfected New Heavens and New Earth.

Revelation 21-22 says, “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.”

For those who have not received Jesus Christ as Savior, death means everlasting punishment in Hell. Opposite to the destiny of believers, unbelievers will be sent immediately to this temporary holding place, to await their final resurrection, judgment, and eternal destiny.

We read in Luke 16:22-23 about a rich man being tormented immediately after death. Revelation 20:11-15 describes all the unbelieving dead being resurrected, judged at the Great White Throne, and then being cast into the Lake of Fire.

Unbelievers, then, are not sent to the Lake of Fire immediately after death, but rather to Hell, a temporary realm of judgment and condemnation. 

Their immediate fate after death is not a pleasant one. Luke 16: 24 says the rich man cried out, “I am in agony in this fire.”  

Believers will ultimately be granted entrance into the New Heavens and New Earth (Revelation 21:1). Unbelievers will ultimately be sent to the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15).

These are the final, eternal destinations of all people—based entirely on whether or not they had trusted Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
Matthew 25:46 says, “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”
John 3:36 says, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”