© 2012 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
Jesus said, “I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” (John 8:24). Further, “Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 9). Without God or Christ, we have no eternal hope (John 17:3).
Just as it shapes eternity, what we believe shapes the way we live now. If we choose to believe what is false, our lives spiral away from God’s plan. Consider two examples.
Geoffrey Dahmer grew up like most kids, being force fed evolution’s baloney. Converted to Christ while in prison, he accepted full responsibility for his murders and cannibalism. On national television he claimed he could never have committed such heinous crimes without believing people were evolved. He correctly observed that unless humans are the special creation of a living God, nothing was wrong with what he did. His extreme behavior is witness to the effects of believing a lie.
As a young man Robert Ingersoll was taught that God predestined some individuals to eternal punishment. Ingersoll later wrote, “I said then that a God who had fixed it so a man had to go to hell, that a God who had ‘foreordained’ and ‘unchangeably designed’ that a number had to spend eternity in a burning hell was a God to be despised rather than loved and worshipped; and I pledged to give my life fighting such a God.” The Bible truth is that God gives everyone a say in their eternal destiny. What if Ingersoll had heard it and believed it?
Does It Matter What We Believe?