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Gospel

Have you ever thought about what's after death?

The Bible says, you have a choice to go to one of two places only Ė Heaven (A wonderful place where God will reign with His people[1]) or Hell (Fiery lake of burning sulphur[2], where the worm never dies and the fire is never quenched[3]). And it lasts forever.

Do you think you are good enough to get to Heaven? Well, letís see. Compare yourself to Godís standard of goodness and how He will judge you on the day of judgement. That standard is Godís law, the 10 Commandments.

The ninth commandment: "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor."
Have you ever told a lie in your whole life? We all have, and that would make us liars in the sight of God.

The eighth commandment: "You shall not steal."
Have you ever stolen anything anytime in your life? (eg: Downloading music illegally) Even if itís small, you would still be classed as a thief in the sight of God.

The third commandment: "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name."
Have you ever used Godís name in vain? Used it without due reverence?

The seventh commandment: "You shall not commit adultery."
But Jesus in the New Testament expands on this: "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.Ē (Matthew 5:27-28)
Have you ever lusted after another person? Then you are an adulterer at heart.

So based on the 10 Commandments, God would see you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart, and you have to face Him on judgement day.

You see, God will also judge your thought life, and every deed done in darkness. If you have ever hated anyone, God sees you as a murderer at heart.

Because God is good and just, He must bring lawbreakers (you and me) to justice. And the punishment for our crimes is Hell Ė eternal torment. God cannot overlook your crimes, or God would not be just or good.

But God in His love, made a way out for sinners so that the punishment can be taken from us.

ďFor God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.Ē John 3:17 (NKJV)

Jesus, who is fully God and fully man, came to his Earth in human flesh 2000 years ago and lived a perfect life, and was crucified on a cross to pay for the sins of the world. Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead and His now seated at the right hand of God the Father. Jesus took the punishment that was ours upon Himself, so that we can spend eternity in Heaven with God, and not Hell.

But God only will only save you from His wrath, if you come humbly before Him and recognise that nothing you can do to earn your salvation. Then repent of your sins Ė apologise to God, confess your sins to God, and turn away from them Ė and put your absolute trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour.

Do this today; you donít know when you are going to die. You canít change your mind when you get to Hell...

If you donít know what to pray, let Psalm 51 be your prayer to God:

1 Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your loving kindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me.
4 Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight-- That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.
6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
9 Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, The God of my salvation, And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart-- These, O God, You will not despise.
18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, With burnt offering and whole burnt offering; Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.
(NKJV)

Do Christians still sin?

Yes, Christians may fall into sin, but they are in a battle against it. They hate it because they know it offends God so much. But genuine Christians do not live in habitual sin.

How do I put my trust in Jesus?

Realise that Christ is the only way that you can be saved. Imagine if you are in a plane 20km above the ground and you had to jump out of the plane. The jump is like judgement day. Either you can jump with a parachute (that is, Jesus Christ), or without one. Trust Jesus, like you would trust a parachute to save you.

[1] - Rev 21:3
[2] - Rev 21:8 (NIV)
[3] - Mark 9:46 (NKJV)