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Not Everyone Goes to Heaven

“From One Christian to Another…”

Jesus said there are some people who go to heaven and some who go to hell. He told about the sheep and the goats – those who believed in Him and served Him and those who didn’t. The greatest mystery is why some people are saved and some aren’t. Is it God’s fault? Is it their fault? I can’t answer that, but Jesus gave us a hint.

Some People Make Their Own Rules                                                      Monkey bridge on the way to Somalahun

He said people don’t like the “light” or the truth because it exposes their evil deeds. They don’t accept God’s rules and they won’t obey them. They want to make their own rules. I would like to ask them, “Who made the universe you live in? Who brought you forth on this planet? Did you decide that?  Did you “make” yourself?” I believe God has the right to make the rules because He made me to be His own.

Liberia Executive MansionWe Have to Admit We Need a Savior

The problem with coming to God is that we have to accept Jesus as our Savior and that requires needing a Savior. We have to acknowledge He died for our sins. It’s humbling to admit you are under God’s rules and you haven’t kept them. You are a sinner.

God Won’t Force Us to Go to Heaven            Men of the Mende tribe in Liberia, West Africa

God doesn’t force people to go to hell. They choose hell. If they don’t want to be a part of Him on this earth, He doesn’t force them to spend eternity with Him.

UpcountryHow About You?

Now how about you? Are you in this universe ruled by God or living on another planet? The Heavenly Father has invested so much of Himself in you. He has loved you so deeply to sacrifice for you what He loved most – His own Son, Who was Himself really.

How will you respond to that marvelous love? That marvelous sacrifice? As the hymn writer said, “That Thou my God shouldst die for me.”

Can We Afford to Turn Down the Marvelous Gift of Salvation?            Kids listening to stories in Somalahun

We aren’t lovable creatures. By nature, we want our own way. We live our own way. And yet, Christ died for us. That miraculous “yet.” Can any of us turn down such an unbelievable gift? Can we spurn and reject an eternity with Him Who loves us more than we love ourselves?

Blessings on your journey of faith, anita

Beyond Myself Book Cover by Author Anita Katherine DennisBeyond Myself: The Farm Girl & the African Chief

I describe my journey of faith in my memoir of my love story. During the 1960s, I married my anthropology professor who was a hereditary African Chief of the Mende tribe in West Africa. This led me to visit Africa a number of times and live in his remote village for a year with our 3 boys doing lay missionary work. I certainly didn’t do things perfectly. And yet, the Lord has been so gracious in my life! I can only praise and thank Him!