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The recent news headline of something President Obama said caught my attention, "Obama says faith shouldn't be used to divide" <If you want to read the article, click on the headline.> When I saw the headline the first thing I thought of is, "I wonder if he hasn't ever read what Jesus said in the Bible."
You see it is recorded in Luke 12:51, Jesus said, "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:" You see what a person believes will divide quite quickly.
Now I will give credit to President Obama, a couple of things he said seem to be good. - if you read the article you will see he said - 1. "no religion in the world that is based on hatred." ( as to the full truth of this statment I am not so sure - there are some that seem pretty filled with hate. )and 2nd he said, "There is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being." This statement is true in that the true and living God does not condone the killing of innocents. Other false gods do not seem to mind ( at least the muslim followers who have done it do not seem to think allah objects) (as a side note though I find it absolutely ironic that Pres. Obama, would make that statement considering he seems to have no problem supporting women killing their innocent babies and our tax dollars paying for it, - guess he doesn't agree with God.)
The division I am going to talk about isn't based on hatred. It is simple fact and comes down that there is a natural division between right and wrong. Either something is truth or lie, it cannot be both. Light or dark, right or wrong, truth or lie. Somethings are either one or the other, they cannot be both.
Either Jesus told the truth, when He said, as recorded in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." or it isn't the truth. Either the Bible is true, when it says in Acts 4:12, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." or it isn't.
What you choose to believe will make the difference in the final eternal division - an eternity with Jesus or an eternity separated from God in the lake of fire.
If you reject Jesus as the only way of salvation and choose instead to trust your church or good works, then you will find yourself at the white throne judgement where you will be condemned and cast into the lake of fire. If you read Rev. 20:11-15 you will find those there are judged on their works and the end result is "whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Rev 20:15. The only way to get your name written down is to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour.
Jesus is God in the flesh. He never sinned. He did not have to die for anything He did wrong (because He never did anything wrong - He never sinned), but He laid down His life for us. You see the wages of sin is death (physical - yes, but also eternal, in that it results in eternal separation from God in torments) Jesus paid for our sin and took our punishment. He suffered everything we would in Hell on the cross, including separation from God the Father, shedding His blood to wash away our sin. He is the only one who could do this. I John 1:7b tells us "the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." Then He died and was buried, but because He is who He said, He is the Son of God, God in the flesh, He is perfect and all powerful, death and the grave couldn't hold Him and He got up bodily, arising alive the 3rd day in victory over death, sin, hell, the grave and the devil. He is the ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE US. Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
The choice is yours, will you believe God or not? Your decision will result in a division - you will either go to Heaven or Hell, not based on hate, but rather on whether you will believe, accept and trust, God's love or not.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Ro 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.