WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO LACK KNOWLEDGE?
PARALYZING FEAR OF GOD
Have you ever had a feeling that God is somewhat threatening and somewhat fearsome? God’s love for you can be limited to your fear of God’s power. You may even wish to keep a careful distance even though the desire for closeness is immense. The paralysis of the fear of God is one of the great human tragedies.
God is in charge of the world. Every single force at work in the universe comes from His hand and is under His control. Think of the wonderful workings of your own body: you must know that a vastly superior Being could have engineered such a magnificent machine. So God has revealed Himself. You should automatically have an inherent knowledge of God from this observation alone.
How can God justly judge those have no knowledge of God? Answer: they have rejected the revelation of God in nature.” “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
Most of us reject the concept of punishment unfortunately. Like children, we don’t wish to face the consequences of our own choices. What will happen to them? “They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might” 2 Thessalonian 1:9
Some people like to make jokes about hell, but if you simply read the scriptures, hell is no laughing matter. One writer calls it the bottomless pit. It conjures the idea of falling, falling, falling. Now imagine that God is hanging on to you, but you decide that you don’t need Him anymore. You don’t want God messing up you plans and telling you what to do. So you let go.
You have just committed treason against the King of the universe. Your sentence has been self-imposed. Remember THE LAW OF CONSEQUENCES. If we choose to sin, there will be evil results. We cannot avoid them.
The world cannot escape the terrible judgments of God. It will be too late then to choose your side. That will not be the time for choosing. Now, today, this moment is our chance to choose the right side.
But the moment you let go, you begin to fall further and further from the source of help. You know that you have made a mistake but you can’t get back up. How long? Forever! There is no annihilation: that means you can’t just disappear. You have to suck it up!
God does not want anyone to perish like that. But justice has been carried out.
God knows how we function. That is why He has provided a new resource for believers: the Holy Spirit. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,” Ephesians 3:20