I surprise myself more than others surprise me
Brother !I think most of us had at least some kind of fear of death. In my two tours of Vietnam, what took the greatest toll,upon my mind was indeed death! I wasn't even close to being a believer back then!! On our team we had a very outspoken believer,he was a sniper as well,and would speak to some of us who would listen, about his confidence in Christ Jesus. As much as we disliked this guy we did hang close to him,as it did not seem as if any bullet could touch him!
He should have at least been wounded countless time!! With 120 days left,our team got trapped by enemy gunfire along the perfume river, near Saigon,and he got hit,as he lay in my arms,he looked up and me and smiled, and said,remember something Schmidt,Jesus Christ gave his life for you,and if you are good enough for Jesus man, you are good enough for me,and he perished.
This haunted me until I received Jesus in my own life,in a mop closet in College! I did not understand how he could not fear death,upon his bunk when we got back laid this scripture!( Acts 20:24) which says" But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself,so that I may finish my course,and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus,to testify solemnly of the Gospel of the GRACE of God!" I understand this now brothers and sisters, and so do many of you!! It is how, and why I can always stay thankful to all my brothers and sisters here! May this scripture teach you knowing the truth, and always keeping you free through our Jesus amen!
I think I have the same fear..... I do believe that God loves me .....but I don't know if He knows I love Him ..perhaps because I feel like my love is tainted and selfish at times. In fact, sometimes I wonder if He would one day turn me aside and say "I never knew you".Lord I have no doubt whatsoever that you love me,you have proved true not only to your Word,but to your very nature as well! Here is my concern. How do I truly know, that YOU KNOW I love you?? I make so many mistakes everyday Jesus as you well know,it sometimes is very hard from my actions,for me to believe, that you believe and know I love you! For 32 years brother!!
I thanked my Jesus for this answer without having this answer!
I agree up to a point.When a nonbeliever hears those words "What if you die tonight" they get fear. It may not be a fear they are aware of but it's a topic that most feel uncomfortable discussing. Try "Do you want to live forever" or "Do you want to become one of the richest men in the universe"
Its actually quite simple. It's based on trusting God to His word. Faith. Plus, the abundant evidence and ways He reveals Himself to humanity, in addition to becoming a man in the person of Jesus Christ.What verifiable evidence is there that any afterlife exists and that when we die we move on instead of staying dead, which I believe to be the most likely outcome?
You don't know Jesus. You're basing off your "honest opinion". This is not about opinions. This is about knowing who Jesus really is. The facts. The truth, not opinions or personal beliefs. GOD is real and His attributes are important to understand. Our opinions of GOD doesn't determine who He is and doesn't change who He is.But I don't think the Biblical god is credible or very pleasant. As for Jesus, he probably existed but is not as portrayed in the Bible, imo.
That is your opinion, but you have no verifiable evidence to support it!You don't know Jesus. You're basing off your "honest opinion". This is not about opinions. This is about knowing who Jesus really is. The facts. The truth, not opinions or personal beliefs. GOD is real and His attributes are important to understand. Our opinions of GOD doesn't determine who He is and doesn't change who He is.
The Attributes of God
God and His Attributes
Luke 11:29 When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, "This generation is an evil generation. It seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.That is your opinion, but you have no verifiable evidence to support it!
When I was a Christian as a kid I prayed sincerely for Jesus to give me some sign he existed, he didn't bother. I came to the conclusion he died 2000 years ago.