The Million Dollar Question

The message contain hereafter, is worth infinitely more than a mere million dollars.

Would you sell one of your eyes for a million dollars? How about both?
Any reasonable person values their eyes far more than any amount of money, and yet these eyes are just windows for your soul.
How much more then is your soul worth?

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Matthew 16:26

So the ask yourself the Million-Dollar question: If you died tonight, where would you spend eternity, heaven or hell?

To find out, we first need to know what the standard is to get to heaven. Heaven is where God dwells, and God is perfect.
He has written a moral law called the 10 Commandments. These commandments reflect God’s perfection, so the standard is very high. See how you go.

Here’s a quick test:
How many lies have you told in your life?
Have you ever taken something that doesn’t belong to you? (From a co-worker, boss, sibling, parent? The value is irrelevant)
Have you ever dishonoured or misused God’s name (such as phrases like OMG, or using the name of Jesus Christ as a swear word)? This is called blasphemy, and is deadly serious in God’s eyes.
Have you ever looked with lust? This may seem like a silly question, but because God is perfect, even lust is like adultery in His eyes. He sees our motives and intentions. This is similar to the next question: Have you ever hated someone?

“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”

1 John 3:15

Have you ever desired other people’s stuff? This is called coveting, and reveals a dissatisfaction, discontentment, and greed within our hearts.

So far we’ve only been through 6 of God’s commandments. There’s still four more to go, but I think you get the point. No matter how hard we try, we just don’t match up to God’s perfection, because our hearts are sinful.

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Romans 3:23

Now because God is Holy and Righteous He must deal with lawbreakers (sinners). Because God is good, He must punish sin. Just like a ‘good’ judge on earth would make sure a serial criminal receives justice and is sentence according to the law. Because God is good, He too must punish sin. But because our sin is infinitely more serious because of who we’ve sinned against (God), His punishment far more serious.

“For the wages of sin is death”

Romans 6:23a

God has given the dead sentence for all law breakers, and not just physical death, but eternal death. This is what Hell is. Death is not a cessation of existence & consciousness, but a removal from God’s grace and mercy. Eternal life is to know God and His Son Jesus Christ, and experience His love and Grace. Eternal death is the opposite, and is separation from God, and involves enduring His wrath and Justice.

So if we’ve sinned, God must judge us accordingly. Unlike what many believe, good works are not able to make up for past sins. God is Holy and Just, and the punishment we deserve is Hell. This is sobering news, but it should make us cry out to God for mercy. It should cause us to humble ourselves before Him, and seek a solution to this problem.

Thankfully, with God there is hope. Although God is Just and Righteous, He is also Kind and Loving. And He is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance. However, God can’t overlook our sin, the punishment must still be paid. So how can it be paid without us going to Hell forever? Great question. In God’s eternal wisdom, He made a way. Get ready for the best news in the universe.

God sent His Son to suffer and die on the cross. We broke God’s law, but Jesus willingly paid the penalty so we could be forgiven.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

2 Corinthians 5:21

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23

We deserve eternal death for our sin, but instead our eternal God, Jesus Christ, died in our place once for all time.

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,”

1 Peter 3:18

Then Jesus rose from the dead, defeating death, and conquering the power of death. Because He lives, you can live also.

But you must respond. God calls you to repent and believe in Jesus Christ to be saved. There is salvation in no one else.

Don’t delay; trust in Him today. He’s your only hope. Read the Bible to learn about God.

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