• Ecclesiastes is a book about how God doesn't give an ounce of snot about you nor me. You can devote your life to serving God, suffer your entire life because of that choice, and perish anyway. Ecclesiastes was written before the idea of rewards in heaven. Ecclesiastes laid the groundwork for modern Satanism. How it remains as a canonical book in the Christian Bible perplexes atheists.
    • T Lo
      Remember Jesus? He's the one who said to pray for God's kingdom to come and his will to be done "on earth as it is in heaven" You are asking for a government, a king's domain. When it happens, there will be no more wickedness, no more evil government, no more pollution, no more will full, selfish people. How would we know about all this? Read Math 24:14, then ask yourself "who is doing this right now, around the world? You already know the answer. Choose life. John 17:3
    • bostjan64
      Are you responding to me?
  • God has a plan. You can join Him and be a part of it or choose not to. He has many blessings he'd like to rain down upon us, but sin is like an umbrella blocking us from receiving those blessings.
  • You can wear a seatbelt or not. When people where them, the numbers show more people survive a crash than those who don't. Remember that the choice God offers is eternal life. He asks you to make the right choice. Deut 30:19. Why? Historically even the ones whom he have selected may, in time choose false religion and fail miserably. Read Psalm 37:29 He promises life on earth, forever. Jesus said to pray for just that: God's kingdom on earth "as it is in heaven" Bad people gone, bad government gone death gone. Rev 21:3-5.
  • Joshua told the Israelites to choose for themselves whom they will serve, which helps us to understand that each person has to decide which path they will take(Joshua 24:15). The prophet Elijah asked the people “How long will you be limping between two different opinions?”. They were being indecisive, we too can choose to serve the true God, or not. God is love, he blesses his loyal servants. He does not force us to be faithful and loyal to him, that would not be a loving gesture.
    • bostjan64
      In cases in which people did not hear about God, they do not have a choice. The God of the Old Testament was not a God of love, but one of wrath, who smote people who were ignorant of Him or were not loyal to Him. Have you read the Old Testament? The God of the New Testament is much more behind the scenes, but is also forgiving and merciful, although, in some passages, He still condemns people to eternal suffering if they deny Him (Matthew 25:41-46, Jude 1:7, 2 Thessalonians 1:9, Revelations 14:11).
    • LizzyP
      Not only have I read the Hebrew-Aramaic Scriptures, but I have studied them. Psalm 136:25 “He gives food to every living thing, for his loyal love endures forever.”
    • Texasescimo
      Notice the parable translated correctly says cutting-off. Sodom and Gomorrah are an example of everlasting fire and they are not literally on fire, just destroyed, possibly under the dead sea? Everlasting destruction. (Matthew 25:41-46) “Then he will say to those on his left: ‘Go away from me, you who have been cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels. 42?For I became hungry, but you gave me nothing to eat; and I was thirsty, but you gave me nothing to drink. 43?I was a stranger, but you did not receive me hospitably; naked, but you did not clothe me; sick and in prison, but you did not look after me.’ 44?Then they too will answer with the words: ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison and did not minister to you?’ 45?Then he will answer them, saying: ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of these least ones, you did not do it to me.’ 46?These will depart into everlasting cutting-off, but the righteous ones into everlasting life.” (Jude 7) In the same manner, Sod?om and Go·mor?rah and the cities around them also gave themselves over to gross sexual immorality and pursued unnatural fleshly desires; they are placed before us as a warning example by undergoing the judicial punishment of everlasting fire. (2 Thessalonians 1:9) These very ones will undergo the judicial punishment of everlasting destruction from before the Lord and from the glory of his strength,
    • Texasescimo
      Revelation has a lot of signs or symbolism. (Revelation 1:1) A revelation by Jesus Christ, which God gave him, to show his slaves the things that must shortly take place. And he sent his angel and presented it in signs through him to his slave John, (Revelation 14:11) And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever, and day and night they have no rest, those who worship the wild beast and its image and whoever receives the mark of its name. (Revelation 20:14) And death and the Grave were hurled into the lake of fire. This means the second death, the lake of fire.
  • NLT often translates things to suit the opinion of the translators. "Each person" is not correct. (Deuteronomy 30:19) I take the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you today that I have put life and death before you, the blessing and the curse; and you must choose life so that you may live, you and your descendants,
  • The future is beyond our knowledge and control, but freewill is decided if you feel it in you. John 15:7 "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you."

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