Prune The Family Tree!

WILL GAYS GO TO HEAVEN?

 

CHAPTER 2 

 

Prune The Family Tree!

You may be offended by what you are about to read, but it is not my intention to win friends and influence people. The mission of Heaven Is Easy Ministries is to provide an objective perspective that may have been overlooked due to heritage, laziness, lack of education, stupidity, or stubbornness. Because your parents always drove Fords, it doesn’t mean you should not drive a Lexus.

Most people’s spiritual beliefs are inherited from their kinfolk. We tend to tag along with what our parents and grandparents believed, whether we truly think it is right or wrong. Usually we think it is correct because it is what we were told to think, or we are too lazy to spend the time and energy to ascertain the truth.

Around the world, billions of religious individuals are performing all sorts of rituals, hoping to earn their way to Heaven. You may be one of them.

Some of these folks dress in black, others in white. Some wear cute little caps, some shave their heads, others grow their hair long. Some kneel, some roll, others extend their hands towards the heavens, many fold them on their laps. Some sing, some chant, others holler, and some remain silent. Some sacrifice animals, some refuse to kill anything. Crazies blow up buildings, and passive ones won’t lift a finger to protect themselves.

Chances are if you are Christian, it is because you were raised Christian. Catholics are usually Catholic because their family demanded it. If Jewish, it is probably because your family is Jewish. Most Muslims inherit their belief from the family environment. If you fit into the category of family-hanger-on, you must stop to consider that perhaps your family is wrong. Your belief, if erroneous, could cause you eternal punishment.

If you are one whose beliefs are fruits of your family tree, you may discover the tree needs pruning, or it may be so diseased it should be pulled up by the roots. Keep in mind that becoming aware of truths in opposition to what you were told as a child does not mean you are deserting your heritage. In most circumstances, it will indicate you are progressing academically and spiritually.

Our ancestors did not have the advantage of the educational resources of our era. Chances are they smoked cigarettes, cooked with animal fat, and attended the same church for five decades. Tradition doesn’t make it right. Because your parents attended one particular place of worship, it doesn’t mean the teaching was truthful.

Thanks to modern communications and vast educational resources at our fingertips, no one should live in ignorance.

Prayerfully, this book will remove the scales from your eyes.

Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. Acts 9:18

Test-drive Jesus

Humans are sometimes reluctant to change. We are also usually afraid of truth because truth can be too convicting. It is much easier to bury our heads in the sand than to accept the challenge of change.

“There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world. 1 John 2:2

I am not an easy sell. Before I accepted Christianity as the true faith, I explored other faiths. When I began to study all world religions, most sounded credible and moral. Thankfully, I kept coming back to this Jesus fellow, for he displayed characteristics that all historic major religious leaders lacked. The greatest example of an outstanding characteristic would be when he resurrected himself from being dead. He is the only historic faith leader who is still alive after having been crucified 2000 years ago. The others are dead.

Jesus is freedom from religion

All world belief systems except Christianity involve good behavior to receive God’s favor for eternal life. Unlike the others, Christianity is a way that sinful people (and we are all sinful) can spend eternity in the glory that awaits us in the next life with the Creator God, clothed, by faith, in the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Christianity demands nothing more. Good behavior is desirable, but not mandatory for salvation.

God created the world and everything in it.  Then, he came to earth in the form of a man, for the specific purpose of dying on the Cross to forgive all of mankind for their sins.  Then, he arose from the dead so that all who believe in his Divinity will live eternally with him.  All that God requires is that a person believes this.

Jesus was God incarnate

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him. He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together. Colossians 1:15-17

Glory and honor to God forever and ever. He is the eternal King. The unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen. 1 Timothy 1:17

Jesus divides families

Family heritage is important, but if it means choosing between eternity in Heaven or living somewhere else unpleasant, choose Heaven. Eternity is a long time. Don’t put off making the decision until it is too late.

Although faith in Jesus Christ provides Christians with peace on earth and eternal life in Heaven, one’s faith may cause strains on friendships and within families – but Jesus is very bold, stating that we must choose him.

Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! No, I came to bring a sword. I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Your enemies will be right in your own household! If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give it up for me, you will find it.Matthew 10:34-39, Jesus’ words

If you value family and friendship more than a relationship with God, then Christianity may not be for you.  But, if you want to live eternally with our Creator in Heaven, then you may be forced to make a choice. Following Jesus may cause you to generate enemies, but it can also provide you with the opportunity to be a light for those living in darkness.

When a person becomes a Christian, it can strain relationships because those who are unsaved don’t understand living in the Spirit.

But people who aren’t Christians can’t understand these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them because only those who have the Spirit can understand what the Spirit means. We who have the Spirit understand these things, but others can’t understand us at all. How could they? For, “who can know what the Lord is thinking? Who can give Him counsel?” But we can understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 (Emphasis added by me)

If we are to follow Jesus, many people will get angry with us, argue with us, hurt us, and mock us.  Although this may be unpleasant, the eternal rewards are worth it for those of us who choose him.

Don’t wait until you are dead to discover if your family was wrong.

 

LEARN THE TRUTH!

BAD NEWS: Most people believe that good people go to Heaven and bad people go to Hell. According to the Bible – this is NOT true.

GOOD NEWS: Christian evangelist and author, Tim Finley, has recently released WILL GAYS GO TO HEAVEN? This easy to read, extremely understandable, book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian bookstores, and via this website. Click on “Order Tim’s Books.”

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