I have often wondered about this question, “Does God only love those who love him?” What about all the ones he killed throughout history? Is that loving your enemy? My opinion is that many religions throughout history have painted a very ugly picture of God. However Jesus has painted a very different picture and tells us that God loves his enemies and we should be perfect like God.

Please consider Matthew 5:43-48, “YOU heard that it was said, ‘You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ However, I say to YOU: Continue to love YOUR enemies and to pray for those persecuting YOU; that YOU may prove yourselves sons of YOUR Father who is in the heavens, since he makes his sun rise upon wicked people and good and makes it rain upon righteous people and unrighteous. For if YOU love those loving YOU, what reward do YOU have? Are not also the tax collectors doing the same thing? And if YOU greet YOUR brothers only, what extraordinary thing are YOU doing? Are not also the people of the nations doing the same thing? YOU must accordingly be perfect, as YOUR heavenly Father is perfect.” So being “perfect” as God is “perfect” means loving those who do not love YOU. Christ taught us to love our enemies.

Gods enemies killed his first born Son. What could be worse that putting the son of God, Jesus Christ to death? Especially the way they did it. Can you think of anything? I honestly can’t myself. Yet Jesus prayed to his heavenly father, “please forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) Here Christ showed love for those who put him to death and asked his father to not hold this against them. Where did he learn this kind of love? From his Father of course.

At Matthew 18:21-22 we read, “Then Peter came up and said to him: “Lord, how many times is my brother to sin against me and am I to forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him: “I say to you, not, Up to seven times, but, Up to seventy-seven times.”

Jesus didn’t mean literally 77 times then stop. His point was to forgive your brother endlessly no matter how many times he sins against you was it not? Would God, our heavenly Father be any different? Does it sound logical to you that we are to have no cut off point but God does? I know my own human parents would not have a cut off point and most do not. They love their children endlessly. That is why when I read scriptures like 1 Corinthians 15: 22, “For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive.” I believe that the word ALL means just that, ALL. All is ALL MEN (and women of course) who have died including the ones God put to death himself. We know there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. (Acts 24:15) So why do many religions claim to know who will be resurrected and who will not? Many like JW’s say, the unrighteous are all those who never had a chance to hear Gods word. As if they actually know the limits of Gods love. As if God will only give man a limited amount of forgiveness but teach us otherwise. They cut Gods love short. They also act as if this earth is the only place God can resurrect people. Calculating if all people were resurrected on the planet how much space each one would have. Does not God have and endless amount of space in the universe? God has an endless amount of space and time to bring about his purpose for his children and that includes all of us, the human race. (Philippians 2:9-11)

Jesus said regarding his Father, “All things are possible” (Mark 14:36) Who are we to say, “no, that’s not possible, when God kills someone thats it, it’s over for them!” Who are we to cut the hand of God short? John 5: 28-29, “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which ALL those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” If this includes Sodom and Gomorrah as Matthew 10:15 tells us it does, would not it include everyone who has ever lived including those who died in the flood and Adam and Eve?

ALL those in the memorial tombs will be resurrected. This means ALL the dead does it not? Some will say, “nope, only those in memorial tombs that were given a proper burial.” Does that make sense? It sure doesn’t to me. Many wicked, wicked people have been given a “proper burial.” I wonder how many of them did something as bad as torchering and murdering the Son of God? Jesus forgave them didn’t he?

Maybe I am wrong about all this and we only get one chance to get everything right. A one life try. I don’t really think so myself as God teaches endless forgiveness and love. In my view it would mean that God cannot win all of mankind’s hearts as he would like to. (Please see Ezekiel 33:11) I just do not see that happening but maybe so. This brings into question Satan and his demons. I feel they could not be forgiven personally but I am not God. I cannot bear the thought however Christ said, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.” Paul also said that man will judge angels. 1 Corinthians 6:3, “Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!” That must be Satan and his demons I would think. So who knows what we can expect. Maybe even things we cannot bear at this time to think about. The main thing is lets not cut the hand of God short and insist on who will be saved and who will not. Only God knows! Most all religions today claim that only their religion will be saved. Especially Jehovah’s Witnesses. That goes contrary to Gods written word. For me it is comforting and a happy thought to think that God as a parent, our heavenly Father, perfect as he is, cannot fail at anything he does, including winning the hearts of all his children. For some that may sound impossible. I believe Christ when he said, with God all things are possible. ALL THINGS… (Mark 14:36 / Psalms 145:16)

Your brother in Christ,
Greybeard

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24 Comments on Does God Only Love Those Who Love Him?

  1. serein says:

    i feel all will get another chance, i must addmit sometimes when i see realy nasty people and all i wish paradise would hurry and come so they not here anymore but what i should be thinking is i cant wait for paradise to come so them nasty people change,but why if god forgives all is there going to be a resirection to judjment cos hes not going to be forgiving then if they carry on being bad hes not going to forgive the devil,somtimes i think hes not going to forgive everyone but that everyone will have the chance to gain forgivness if you know what i mean,them people who killed jesus dint think he was the son of god so dint care but if they new for deff and beleived then i dont think they would be forgiven then, so when he says they dont know what there doing so forgive them its diff, as i know god and i know his requirments and if i did wrong and didnt care about god or what he thought and carryd on knowing that god is real and all i dont think im gona be forgiven i think its a hard subgect to decide on but i hope he does forgive all but the way i look at it it very much depends on that person and wether he new god and was still bad if you get my driffed.

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    • greybeard says:

      Matthew 19:25-26, “When the disciples heard that, they expressed very great surprise, saying: “Who really can be saved?” Looking them in the face, Jesus said to them: “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

      Isaiah 55:9, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

      Everything is in Gods hands and he will not fail. We do not know the limits of his forgiveness. Everything is possible with God. We must except that in my opinion.

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  2. serein says:

    i hope thats so,perhaps i need to change my mind set,i hope all in this world will be forgiven. its like my son of 11 ca,me home the otherday hed been to the park and was sad i asked what was wrong and he said why are people so horrible and carless,i said why you asking whats happend, he said he saw children around his age and under geting to babys aroiund 2 or 3 to hit each other telling the boy to hit the girl and make her cry and when the girl hit back the big kids would hit her, he said he dernt not say anything biut wanted to and said they all seemed related, itmade me sad to how can people live a life like that teach there children to be like that children grow up being taught badness and the world who arnt like that wonder why its so horrible,he said how can people like that live in paradise when they so horrid.i see some real bad stuff were i live sometimes and i pray for paradise all the time,its hard sometimes to imagine anyone geting forgiven were i live i think thats why im like i am,but what i realy should be praying for is for all these kind of people to see the truth fnd god and peace and change there mind set and lifes around

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  3. JWB says:

    Dear brother Greybeard,

    Thank you writing such an interesting post. Obviously you’ve given much thought to the subject under discussion.

    With respect, just a point on Matthew 18:21-22. It is of great help to look at the following parallel text which adds some more information for us:

    “Pay attention to yourselves. If your brother commits a sin give him a rebuke, and IF HE REPENTS forgive him. Even if he sins seven times a day against you and HE COMES BACK TO YOU seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” – Luke 17:3-4

    So, I believe Jesus is saying that in the case of a ‘brother’ you are not expected to forgive him automatically (although of course you could if you wished), but rather there is a condition attached to personal forgiveness. The offender should actually recognise and admit to the fault in order to receive forgiveness from their ‘brother’. Of course, Jesus is not addressing forgiveness by God, but by the individual. So, I understand that although God, in his omniscience may forgive even a ‘brother’ who has not (as yet) admitted to a mistake, personal forgiveness by the individual may be a different matter. Just a thought.

    Concerning the subject of endless love, I do think there is a limit. However, it is not for humans with their limited knowledge to try to determine who finally gets to be ‘saved’ and who does not. I would expect the judgements of the Perfect Judge of the universe to be based on an inestimable source of wisdom and personal knowledge of each one of us (past and present). One think I definitely don’t believe in is that our Heavenly Father would cast us into everlasting damnation because we couldn’t honestly believe in a certain set of religious doctrines!

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  4. DanielB says:

    I remember that “all those in the memorial tombs” implied reference to those who are / were in God’s memory for resurrection, leaving the selection to God, according to WTS understanding. The question on this understanding is whether “memorial tombs” has reference to God’s remembrance of individuals for a resurection, or if He chooses to forget them for a resurrection. How can we either accept or reject such understanding, scripturally? For some who do not “exercize faith” in Christ, could it be that there will not be a resurrection? I am still in the ‘wait and see’ for the outcome at this point.

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    • DanielB says:

      John 3:16 is the reference I implied here, in saying “all those exercizing faith in him”, or trusting in / believing in God’s one and only Son. The human ransom is for such ones, and there is assuredly cross application here for being in God’s memory, in some Divinely wise correlation. We can be relieved that this judgment is in perfect hands. It’s all so fascinating in God’s glory.

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      • Amos says:

        Excellent point Daniel. All too many miss the point of Jn.3:16, they don’t understand that to gain God’s favour & blessing, we need to “excercise faith in Him” & the One who He sent forth.

        This is more involved that a passing recognition. To “excercise faith” it means that we need to “take in knowledge of Him”. This then means that we are to study, meditate, etc.

        As Hebrews 11:1 says; “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
        So a question to contemplate….”Do we really believe that God will do ALL that He has said, because we cannot see Him?”
        If we can answer “yes”, then we have come to understand Jn.3:16 & Heb.11:1.

        Amos

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  5. greybeard says:

    Like you said DanielB we will need to wait and see. How anyone can claim to know these answers in beyond me. The Bible says you can speak against Christ and it can be forgiven but if against the holy spirit no. But we know all things are possible with God. He is much more forgiving that man is.

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  6. JWB says:

    “And, for my part, ought I not to feel sorry for Nineveh the great city, in which there exist more than one hundred and twenty thousand men who do not at all know the difference between their right hand and their left, besides many domestic animals?” – Jonah 4:11

    “The men of Nineveh will rise in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it; because they repented at what Jonah preached …” – Luke 11:32

    Serin, I so much identify with what you say concerning the horrible behaviour of some people. The problem, as I see it, is that as you indicate a lot of it is learned behaviour. To us it is an innapropriate way of dealing with problems in life. However, we have the benefit of having been taught the Christian way. I do think we should hate the badness that people do, but be mindful of the fact that there is so much ignorance in this world as more and more generations of children are born to adults who are bearly adults (in body) themselves. It seems to me that a lot of these young mothers and fathers are so immature emotionally and perpetuate the kind of animalistic behaviour you have described. Obviously what is needed is moral education and the skills needed to cope with life. I think, like the ancient Ninevites of Jonah’s time, some very bad people can be jolted to their senses and make huge changes for the better. There must have been some pretty bad people who became Christians in the first century for Paul says:

    “In those very things you, too, once walked when you used to live in them. But now really put them all away from you, WRATH, ANGER, BADNESS, ABUSIVE SPEECH, and OBSCENE TALK out of your mouth. Do not be lying to one another. Strip off the old personality with its practices, and clothe yourselves with the new [personality], which THROUGH ACCURATE KNOWLEDGE is being made new according to the image of the One who created it.” – Colossians 3:7-10

    Let’s also not forget this fact:

    “But God recommends his own love to us in that, WHILE WE WERE YET SINNERS, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

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    • Amos says:

      And don’t forget a favourite passage of mine from Eph. 2:1-10.
      1 “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. (then Paul says) 4 BUT God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

      PWB quoted Col.3:10, which brought back to mind, Gen.1:26; “Then God said, “Let us make manh in our image, after our likeness.”

      As I see it, it is when we “clothe” ourselves with the new personality, that we then come back into the “image AND likeness” of our creator & Heavenly Father.

      Amos

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      • DanielB says:

        How true and reassuring. I do find though that those with the once saved always saved salvation fixation will grow a caloused conscience and get off track in overconfidence in the ‘unconditional forgiveness’ problem. Taking in the underserved kindness, (grace), and missing it’s purpose that leads us to repentance; and then the repeated sins that take ones away from God. Still; we cannot judge such senerios completely. Again, I am glad it’s not “my job”. God is all things to all (types of) people.

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  7. JWB says:

    Well said, brother Amos.

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  8. serein says:

    god is love and he sees the love that people have for him and the love and compasion they have for others he sees in to there hearts and minds and truly knows the faithfull ones and also the unfaithfull ones god does love all but also i dont think just becouse he loves all hes going to save all, people choose how they want to be live and if they dont want to be faithfull to god and beleive and just want there own selfish ways and have had the chance to change and dont want to then i think god will have his limmits otherwise why have a jugment at all,people have to change there lives around be sorry for what they have done and what ever and then when they ask for forgive ness then they ok but if they never do that then why would they still get the chance? we might aswell just be what ever we want live how we want cos we gona be forgiven and live forever anyways.

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  9. Papabear says:

    I loved your reasoning on this subject Greybeard. I do have a question for you. You brought out John 5:28,29. What do you get from these words? It brought out that those practicing vile things would be resurrected to judgement.

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  10. Amos says:

    Papabear,

    I wont pre-emp Greybeards reply, but I may add something to what he says. I would like you to describe what your understanding of the word “judgement” is in this passage from John.

    Amos

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  11. greybeard says:

    Hi everyone,

    Sorry for the late reply. I have been out of town for the last four days without access to the internet. You all make some very good points and I certainly do not claim to know all the answers that is for sure. JWB, you could very well be right. There may be a limit to our heavenly fathers forgiveness and that could simply be a persons unwillingness to repent no doubt. Can God overcome all and win all hearts? I would really like to think so but that might be impossible. Is anything impossible for God? It is impossible for him to lie we know however, as Jesus said, with God “all things are possible.” So in the light of that, I have hope for all. It pains my heart to think this is the only chance we get. Even to think that all those before the flood including Adam and Eve are lost. I just can’t see it myself but I could be dead wrong on this. I hope I am not. I hope their is a much bigger picture that we don’t know about. I really think there is because of Jesus words, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.” (John 16:12) Who really knows what the big picture really looks like? This little planet is only a spec in the universe. Man is arrogant if he thinks he can understand Gods plan entirely. According to Christ, there is something as a human we just will not be able to bare. I think about this a lot. We as humans are very, very unforgiving to say the least compared to God. Serein, as far as your comment, “we might aswell just be what ever we want, live how we want cos we gona be forgiven and live forever anyways.” I do not agree, we reap what we sow and we do pay for it even with our lives. However when our life is over, maybe we will feel different and have another chance. I am open to the thought that God can give us more that two lifetime chances. WHO knows? New books will be opened. I think this way but it doesn’t make me want to go out and do bad things. I have learned from many bad things I have already done. Papabear, I think a resurrection to Judgment means exactly that. We will be judged. But the question is, will we be judged for our past actions or future? I believe death is the wages of sin thus we paid for our sin with our lives. Maybe I am wrong but that is the way I understand it. As a matter of fact, Christ died for all of us who have faith in him. When being judged after the resurrection I feel we must repent. Maybe we will be given time to repent I do not know. I can’t see the big picture but I believe it is a picture of God not failing in his purpose of reaching all of his children. I also feel that is something MOST cannot bare to think about as humans. I hope I answered all of your questions as far as my take on this subject. If not please ask me again… I really believe my understanding has a very strong probability but I could be wrong. I hope I am not.

    Your brother in Christ,
    Greybeard

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    • Amos says:

      Brother Greybeard,
      I certainly enjoyed your reply. With regard to Jn. 16:12, I think that Jesus was holding back from telling His disciples more until after the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost. I also consider that He gave Paul much more instruction during the two year period that Paul went into exile & was ministered to by Christ. If we consider that most of Pauls letters were about setting matters straight with regard to correct proceedures within each eclessia, & expounding on the four gospels. There are many new thoughts in Pauls letters that are not mentioned in the earlier gospels.

      In Christian Love,
      Amos

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      • greybeard says:

        Dear Amos,

        You may be right. However, I can’t help but wonder how those things could be thoughts they could not bare. He did tell them about the “other sheep” and I understand those to be the gentiles. There are many things we just do not know and there are many possibilities in my opinion. To preach anything beyond what is written is wrong of course but to hope for the salvation of most, if not all men, is not to me. My hope is that God has a plan to reach all his children and will succeed. I cannot preach this as a doctrine or a fact and I know that. Most all churches / religions would kick you out for promoting such an idea or possibility. They want to control the mass with the threat of hell or eternal death. JW’s use the threat of not being obedient to them as reason for God to destroy a person forever. Obedient to imperfect false prophets? Messengers who’s words fail to come true? (Isaiah 44:26 NIV) I can’t see that as much as I love all the JW’s. I just got back from a DC with my wife and I really do love these people. I have many friends. The whole thing makes me sick to my heart… maybe I am self preserving to think this way, that God can save everyone if he wants to. I like to think he wants to.

        Your brother in Christ,
        Greybeard

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  12. Amos says:

    Dear Greybeard,

    I’m with you all the way on this.

    What I was trying to say was that MORE was given at Penrecost, & through Paul. I agree with you that there is so much that we wont understand until after the glorious return of our Lord & Master. I’m sorry that I didn’t express my thoughts clear enough. I had just returned home after a very big day, which included a four hour study with a brother.

    Like yourself, the Grand Creator that I worship, could NEVER destroy ANY of His children without giving them a fair go…a proper chance to accept His way for mankind to worship Him & to deal with their fellow man & the rest of creation, the way stated by His Son while on earth.

    What I find that is both humbling & exciting, is the fact that He has chosen US to be His special possession in this life, & has granted us by “undeserved kindness” to learn much more from His Word, than those who have not been called, chosen & anointed.

    What a priviledged position to be in!

    Your fellow servant,
    Amos

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  13. Papabear says:

    Amos and Greyveard, thanks for replying to my question. I too feel that, as the bible says, the wages sin pays is death. That’s why a resurrection to judgement confused me. I am open for discussion to find understanding to it. Graybeard, you said they would perhaps be resurrected to repent. This could possibly be the case. I do thank you for the thoughts.
    Amos, you asked what my understanding was. I do not think this is do “punish” because they have all died and paid for their sins. God is not unjust, so He wouldn’t punish someone twice for the same sins.

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  14. Collision of Souls says:

    Our Father’s love will not fail to win ever man, especially those who believe.

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    • Amos says:

      Papabear,

      I’m sorry for not replying earlier, I’ve just seen your reply to Greybeard & myself.
      I agree with you that God is not unjust & would never punish someone twice for the same sin, but wishes all to attain to repentance. I see this as being the loving rule of Christ & the Church during the millennial age.

      Amos

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  15. Willie says:

    SPURIOUS: Have you noticed that there are brackets around the first half of Luke 23:34 in the New World Translation? It is quite well known that this phrase is spurious [and also John 8:1-11, which is not even in the NWT], for Jesus could not be more loving than Jehovah as revealed in Hebrews 1:1-9. Verse 9 reads: “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”
    Psalms 22 and 35 are supposed to reflect the feelings of Jesus on the cross. Psa. 22:1 repeats the agonizing phrase that Jesus said on the cross, “My God, my God why have you left me”? Psa. 35:11 refers to false witnesses against Jesus. Psa. 35:26 reads: “Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.” This is a far cry from: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”!
    Whatever we sow, we reap–no more no less. Many in the world did not reap in the age in which they lived; thus, they will have to do their reaping in the Kingdom Age.
    JUSTICE is the platform of Jehovah’s throne and was represented by the lid of the Ark of the Covenant in the Most Holy compartment of the Tabernacle. His other three attributes are LOVE, POWER, and WISDOM. It is not Jehovah’s will that any should perish, but since all of his attributes are equal, LOVE cannot override JUSTICE.
    The wages of sin is death and the gift of Jehovah is eternal life. Several Bible examples show that we can expect fifty percent to perish in Second Death. One example is the four sons of Aaron; two of them offered illegitimate fire and were slain by Jehovah. (Lev. 10:1,2.)
    We, as Christians, are not required to forgive infractions against ourselves unless the perpetrator repents and asks for forgiveness; and if they do, we are required to forgive seventy times seven, though one would be tempted to doubt the sincerity of the other person somewhere along the line if such an excess of sinning against us actually happened.
    If the sin is against Jehovah, we have no right to forgive that sin, period. That is between the person and Jehovah. True repentance and a forsaking of the sin would have to be plainly manifested in order for them to be reinstated to Christian fellowship. It has been my experience that Christians tend to be MORE loving than Jehovah, unfortunately, while over-looking gross moral sin in their fellows.
    Forgive me, but how can anyone read John 5:28 and 29 and not know that Adam and Eve and everyone that died before the flood WILL be resurrected? Plus everybody since the flood with few exceptions–one of them being Judas Iscariot (John 17:12). We are already living in the one thousand year Judgment Day which began with the invisible return of Christ in 1874. Judgment begins at the house of God (I Peter 4:17), so God’s people are being judged as we speak. The Millennial Kingdom is the Judgment Day for the billions who will be resurrected. Anyone who is able to obey the New Covenant and walk up the “highway of holiness” (Isa. 35:8-10) will be judged fit for eternal life on Earth if they pass Satan’s final test at the end of the Kingdom Age (Rev. 20:7-10).

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    • rus virgil says:

      Willie:
      ………………………………………
      We, as Christians, are not required to forgive infractions against ourselves unless the perpetrator repents and asks for forgiveness; and if they do, we are required to forgive seventy times seven, though one would be tempted to doubt the sincerity of the other person somewhere along the line if such an excess of sinning against us actually happened.
      If the sin is against Jehovah, we have no right to forgive that sin, period. That is between the person and Jehovah. True repentance and a forsaking of the sin would have to be plainlymanifested in order for them to be reinstated to Christian fellowship. It has been my experience that Christians tend to be MORE loving than Jehovah, unfortunately, while over-looking gross moral sin in their fellows.
      Forgive me, but how can anyone read John 5:28 and 29 and not know that Adam and Eve and everyone that died before the flood WILL be resurrected? Plus everybody since the flood with few exceptions–one of them being Judas Iscariot (John 17:12). We are already living in the one thousand year Judgment Day which began with the invisible return of Christ in 1874. Judgment begins at the house of God (I Peter 4:17), so God’s people are being judged as we speak. The Millennial Kingdom is the Judgment Day for the billions who will be resurrected. Anyone who is able to obey the New Covenant and walk up the “highway of holiness” (Isa. 35:8-10) will be judged fit for eternal life on Earth if they pass Satan’s final test at the end of the Kingdom Age (Rev. 20:7-10).

      Hi Willie / I am not exactly sure of every point you described here , but I think I understood something : that you make the difference between the sin against us (man) and the sin against God
      also between the (simple) sin -inherited sin – called “weakness/infirmities” and the “willfully” sin to which men say “gross sin”
      In fact the correct knowledge regarding “sins” and how Jesus sacrifice works on these (types) of sins is part of the “bread from heaven” (spiritual bread)
      while to the Christians the “weaknesses/infirmities” are not encouraged but forgiven through Jesus sacrifice, (see Hebrews 4:15)
      the “willfully sin” , after received the “knowledge of the truth(=God’s commandments)” is NOT covered by Jesus blood ! see Hebrews 10:26
      I see you pointed on Isaiah 35:8 “highway of holiness”
      Jesus taught us how can we become holy or “clean” : by cleaning our hearth by wickedness / because from a wicked hearth the willfully sin springs … Mark 7:20-23

      Now, regarding this “highway of holiness” ,this is the way Jehovah is making just now before our eyes , and it leads toward His Kingdom ,and on it will enter/walk only those who courageously avoid the “willfully sin”
      ( those who avoid the willfully sin are inevitably sinning (the inherited sin) that is called “our infirmities” , but because Jesus blood wash/cover the infirmities , then these ones are considered ‘clean” or “holy” and they may walk on the holy way )
      http://putinthesickle.blogspot.....iness.html
      this is how one may become holy or clean

      Now, regarding your statement that Jesus came in 1874 , I can understand you are with an “bible student” background”
      your declaration here is based upon an interpretation of prophecies / my advice is, you should verify if that interpretation “remains” within the confines of the “teaching of Christ” – if not, then you should continue the researches for correct understanding of prophecies .
      I would ask you to contact me on this email survirgilio@hotmail.com

      Be blessed.

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