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Good People

“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matt. 22:39)

There are people who believe that by accomplishing this verse in their lives that they will find favor in the eyes of God and be welcomed into His kingdom. They equate it with Luke 6:31, “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” And the fulfillment of them is their “sure ticket” to eternal happiness and great pleasures.

Notice that neither one of those verses are a suggestion, “Thou shalt” and “Do” are orders, they are commandments, they are not what you should do because they are the right thing to do, but because you have been told to do so. Here is the wall, as it were, between man and God, it is pride, for commandments are to be obeyed without question with no thought of reward for doing so. A soldier does not question the orders given to him, at least not openly, and rarely to the one who is his commander, he obeys.

To obey the commandment to love is not possible without the abilty of free will, because we have been given a choice as to how we are to live our lives, and open rebellion against these things set in place by the Lord for how our lives are to be ordered is called sin, and it is the same as Satan when he said, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:14)

“No, I do not want to,” is not met with immediate punishment in the life of a man when he rebels against the Most High, and so like a murderer who takes the life of another and waits anxiously for the authorities to come and take him away, but they never do, we become emboldened, and continue to disobey, to sin. I have often wondered at the thoughts of those who left their first estate, (Jude 1:6) Satan and the fallen angels when they were cast out, did they believe that the Lord was going to simply end their existence, or were they made aware of that day that some of them asked the Lord of in the account in Matthew 8:28-34. “And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” (29) They know their end, so does every single person ever born, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” (Romans 1:20) and yet most continue to disobey because there is no immediate punishment when sin against the Most High is committed by the individual.

And I do not mean this in the wrong way, but it really doesn’t seem to matter much when it is, except of course for those that the punishment is inflicted upon. When Korah was found to have moved against Moses, he, his family and all his possessions were swallowed up by the earth. (Numb. 26:10) That made an impression upon the others, but only for a short time. The entirety of the Book of Judges, in fact the entire Word of God shows these truths to be self-evident, there is punishment for disobedience to the Almighty. But since Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” seems like a long way away, since men can sin against Him without immediate repercussions, we become emboldened, and we do not find the need to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Those that attempt to, who perform acts of kindness and even love upon all they meet, with no forethought of malice towards anyone, with no thoughts of self or rewards will still find their place in the Lake of Fire. Good people who do not acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ as the Savior of all mankind go to hell when they die.

And so, to most, Luke 12:19 is fitting, “And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.” And to others who have heard the truth but refuse to accept it, “And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation” (2 Peter 3:4) resides within them.

Satan and the demons know for a fact where they will spend eternity, there is no doubt in their minds, most people will not accept this fact, but they will love their neighbor, they will do kind deeds, they will not offend intentionally or cause pain and suffering for selfish reasons upon their fellow man, and they will believe until they die that these deeds will be seen as an honorable sacrifice to the Lord, and He will grant them entrance into His kingdom because they were “good people.”

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

There are a lot of good people in hell. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

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