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2) "What difference does being a Christian make in the life hereafter... life forever?"
[Although its not a popular subject, it is important that it touch your heart.]
Traditional teaching stresses that it is an individual's choice to be a Christian or not. (John 6:47 et al.) That choice decides where that individual will spend eternity... with Christ in heaven or without Christ in hell. Although "hell" is not often a topic of preaching or teaching in churches or seminaries, believing in its reality makes evangelism of utmost importance.
A short study comparing "eternity without God" vs. "eternity with God" is helpful. In Luke 16, we'll focus on the man experiencing "eternity without God". Then we will compare that with "eternity with God" from Rev. 21:3-4.
(Note: the story Jesus tells in Luke 16 is intended to motivate Christ-like living, i.e. not wasting opportunities in the present. However, it certainly implies there are 2 different eternal destinies.)
Eternity "without" God (Luke 16:19-31)
Eternity "with" God (Rev. 21:3-4)
Thank you Jesus!
And in His love for you and me, Jesus came and took upon Himself all of our sin while on the cross. Then He went into the "place of torment" in our place! But He rose again so we wouldn't have to go there. And He is alive today to help us live life to its fullest in relationship with Him. Isn't it humbling to think of what we have been saved from? And what we have been saved to? That's GRACE... God's Riches At Christ's Expense!
Now remember, focusing on eternity without God isn't intended to scare people out of hell and into heaven. That can foster a wrong attitude...
Read more... Go to Online Training: Step 2 - "Prayer"...