The gospel of Jesus is either the truth or a lie. It is to be either totally accepted, or utterly rejected by mankind. It is black and white, no gray area. Here is what you don't want to hear, the gospel is exclusive. Jesus said he was the way...the only way to God.
"I AM the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the
Father but by Me." John 14:6 (NIV)
I know that I may lose readers on this statement. But you should know that Islam is exclusive, Hinduism is exclusive, and all religions have their exclusivity based on what you do determining your level of future existence,they are based on works What makes Christianity unique is, Christianity is based on faith and faith alone. You are saved from eternal death by God's grace given to us as we accept the sacricial blood Jesus shed on the cross, and His resurrection from death. He paid the price for the sin of all men. We only accept it, believing our sins are covered, past, present, and future sins, by the blood. Good works are the result of faith in Christ. You will desire to do good for the less fortunate, and care for the hurting, and want all to know this way of truth. All other religions are based on what you do, atoning for your own sin, through works. No grace will be given if you don't follow the requirements...you get damnation. Following Jesus is your choice. You go to eternal bliss, or eternal torment by your choosing. God don't send you to hell without your approval.
"Then He (theKing) will say to those on his left, "depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepare for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you didn't invite me in, I needed clothes and you didn't clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me." Matt.25:41-43 (NIV)
Of course, the response of the damned is similar to the response they have while on this planet. I didn't know you were hungry, or in prison, or in the hospital, IT'S NOT MY FAULT! Here's an answer for a question as old as the Bible; you are your brothers keeper. You won't know everyone's problems, naturally. But don't ignore those at hand. When you have the power to help but are too busy, too tight-fisted, or uncaring, you may go to the left. "But I believe, I am a Christian! You said I'm saved by grace through faith!" True. But faith will result in good works, a desire to know who is suffering around you so you can be a help to them. Even if you are just petitioning God on their behalf, quietly without anyone knowing...faith in Christ produces works. Examine yourself, test your faith, whether you believe in Christ, or show up at church just in case there is a God.
And those who reject the Gospel through unbelief, those who look at God as an evil ogre that sends calamity and death in the world, as though He is a child playing with toys, beware. Those who deny His existence, being too intelligent, full of selfish ambition, only desirous of fulfillment through materialism and sexual pleasure, beware! Those who refuse any restraint from pleasure to help others, beware. Letting the government do your giving for you, being judgmental toward the prisoners, not thinking of the elderly's needs, the orphans, saying the homeless are homeless by choice so you don't have to do anything, beware! Those who deny Jesus' shed blood, who say, "there are many ways to God," beware.
Look into these claims of Jesus. If you don't believe in God's existence, Christ's atonement, or salvation through faith, and you turn out to be right, then this is of no consequence. But if you're wrong, it's of eternal consequence. Just think about if you're wrong, you're trading eons of joyful bliss, of endless discovery, for 70 years of pleasure here...pretty intelligent, huh. I'm not trying to be sarcastic, but to allow myself, my children, and my dear friends to die without Christ, and suffer eternal separation from anything that's good, is foolish. Just do this, ask God to show Himself to be real to you. Say, "God if You really exist, make Yourself known to me." He will show up, and you can go to the right. Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Keith.