What is Purgatory?

What is Purgatory?

Purgatory is a false teaching that says that after people die they get a second chance to go to heaven. Supposedly, after death a person enters a state of limbo between heaven and hell where a purging takes place and that there are things a person can do, or that others can do for him, that will get him out of limbo and onward to heaven. This false teaching denies that only through the death and resurrection of Jesus, is there a pathway to heaven.

The bible says that after we die there are NO second chances. It is only by accepting the gift of the forgiveness of sin that can put us into a right relationship with God. That acceptance must come during this lifetime. There are no second chances. God gave us this life in which to make our decision and, as in Jesus’ teaching in Luke 16:19-31, we read that death is final.

Purgatory is never mentioned in the Bible. The false doctrine was introduced into church teachings 1200 years after the death of Christ and remains a teaching of the Catholic church. All protestant churches some of the major orthodox Christian churches reject the teaching of purgatory.

The bible is very clear, when we die, if we have believed in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, we will be with Him in some new bodily form, recognizable, knowing others, and able to communicate and worship HIM for eternity.

How about you? Have you made that decision for a new joy-filled life here on earth and knowing without any doubt that you will be with HIM forever? Learn more at our post: How does one become a Christian?

Why do the meek inherit the earth?

Why do the meek inherit the earth?

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Matthew 5:5

When Jesus spoke of the meek inheriting the earth he was not talking about people who are weak, lacking in courage, or who cower before others. Meek, sometimes translated as “gentle,” is used in the Bible to denote power under control. It is the power that allowed Moses to repeatedly challenge the ruler of a land in which Moses’ people (the Israelites) were enslaved.

Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.

Numbers 12:3 ESV

Jesus, described himself as meek and lowly in heart, (Matthew 11:29) and no one would ever mistake Jesus as a powerless weakling who would cower before others. He was the exact opposite. His meekness was reflected in his ability to keep his power under control all the way to the cross so that he could fulfill his mission of dying so that his blood would cover the sins of men.

So what exactly was Jesus saying when he talked about the meek inheriting the earth? He seemed to be echoing (Pslam 37:11) where the writer talks about the meek inheriting land and enjoying peace and prosperity. But the peace and prosperity that Jesus was referring to was permanent and would come after he returned a second time. He was also referring to the prophecy in Isaiah 61 that talked about a coming messiah who brings good news to the poor and brokenhearted, who heals the sick and restores the land.

In other words, Jesus is promising much more than the physical inheriting of Palestine, the promised land into which Moses led his people. Jesus is referring to the recreated earth over which Jesus will reign eternally–to a kingdom now in the hearts of men and a greater, physical kingdom to come after Jesus returns to earth and creates a paradise free from evil, pain, sorrow, and death (Matthew 19:28).

If you would like to personally know Jesus, the meek Son of God who calls his followers to his kind of power under control, we encourage you to read our post How does one become a Christian? 

In a world of disinformation, how do we know what is true?

In a world of disinformation, how do we know what is true?

Disinformation, also called lying, is as old as man…and woman.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,  but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.  “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Genesis 3:1-5

Unlike God who speaks only truth, the serpent (Satan, devil, evil one) spreads lies continually, the biggest of which is the same one he used on Eve in the garden of Eden:

You can be like God.

You are in control of your own destiny.

The pleasures of the world are yours to enjoy without boundaries.

What Satan cannot do is tell the truth: “If you do what I say you will never know peace, in this world or in the next.”

So then, what is truth?

This question has been tackled by man forever. Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato, sometimes called the sages of the ages, along with other philosophers spoke and wrote volumes about to how to know what is true. It wasn’t until Jesus Christ came to earth that it was answered clearly and directly.

Jesus said, “I am the truth.” (John 14:6) He is the embodiment of truth about all of creation and life’s really important and significant matters; life and death, heaven and hell, sin and righteousness, creation and evolution, good and evil and so many more including even the little things in life.

Webster defines truth as, “that which is true; that which conforms to fact or reality.” Jesus’ life is a fact and He is the ultimate reality. In order to know the truth one needs to know Jesus, not just know about Him.
A few of Jesus’ profound truth statements for you to carefully consider are:

  •  “You must be born-again to gain eternal life.” (John 3:3)
  • “No one comes to the Father (heaven) except through Me.” (John 14:6)
  • “The Father and I are one.” (John 10:30)
  • “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born I Am.” (In this statement Jesus confirmed He was God, I Am, and eternal, i.e., He existed before Abraham in eternity past.) (John 8:58)

Remember, truth is always truth. Two plus two is always four. Jesus’ words are truth although many choose to believe otherwise at their own peril.

One final thought on truth. Every human being ever created that does not repent of his or her sins and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior when they die they will face God as Judge on Judgment Day. Since He cannot look on sin, he will turn away all who have not repented. They will live forever separated from the loving, compassionate God and will never find peace. Think about an eternity spent in fear, disappointment, unhappiness, pain and sorrow. That’s a sobering truth that needs to be remembered and considered seriously. It’s a truth that should be a life changer. The ‘Good News’ is that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Examine the Gospel of John to discover more of Jesus’ surprising truth statements. You won’t be disappointed.  

If you are ready to discover the truth for yourself, read our post:  How does one become a Christian?

Why do Christians believe Jesus is the only way to eternal life and Heaven?

Why do Christians believe Jesus is the only way to eternal life and Heaven?

It was Jesus who declared in John 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

When Jesus prayed in John 17:3, He again declared, “And his is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

When Jesus spoke to Nicodemus, one of the most religious Jewish leaders of his time, Jesus explained, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

True followers of Jesus understand the uniqueness of Christianity. It is not a box into which individuals must fit. It does not require one to rigidly adhere to a set of rules or rituals. Christians understand that there is nothing they can do to attain the perfection required of a perfect God in order to dwell with Him throughout eternity. All human beings must pay the penalty of death for all their thoughts and actions that have kept them separated from God. However, God’s plan from the beginning was to provide a way for these wrong actions and thoughts–what we call sin–to be covered over. That happens at the cross where Jesus paid the price, once and for all, for every sin ever committed and for all those yet to be committed by men and women.

Christians declare what Jesus declared and that He, Jesus, is the only way to eternal life. The evidence for Jesus’ claim as the only way is his resurrection. Jesus did not stay dead. The only assurance for eternal life and an eternity with God in heaven is found in the fact that Jesus rose from the dead and only those who accept what he did on the cross, and then trust in him as Lord and Savior, will also be raised to new life when Jesus returns for all believers.

Remember, the founders of all other religions that made claims for eternal life
are now dead. Jesus is alive and has given humanity Proof of this fact. We all have a choice to accept
it or not. It is life’s most important decision. Choose wisely!! I you would like to learn more about what it means to be a Christian with assurance of eternal life, please read our post, How does one become a Christian?