(1) The decision to accept or reject Jesus as Savior is the ultimate life decision. This decision is so vital that it is a matter of eternal life and eternal death. This decision is one decision in life which must be taken before we leave this physical body and this physical world.
(2) The right decision will take us to the eternal Heaven and the wrong decision or rejection or neglect can take us to the eternal hell of fire and brimstone.
(3) Once you leave this physical world and physical body you cannot change your decision or none on the earth can help you change your place of eternity (from hell to Heaven or from Heaven to hell).
(4) The decision you made while living on earth is accepted as the finality of every person and the judgment is set. Even God cannot and will not change it. Neither can anyone bribe God, for God is Holy and righteous.
(5) All your rites and rituals after death can’t change places in the eternal realm or give you a place in Heaven.
WHY DO PEOPLE REJECT JESUS AS THEIR SAVIOR?
There are many reasons why people say no to God’s grace and invitation to have a relationship with Him. No two people are exactly alike, and everyone is on a unique journey of discovery. All the while, God is continuously knocking on the door of your heart, and moving like the wind behind the scenes to direct people and circumstances to you, that will lead and draw you to Him.
There are perhaps as many different reasons for rejecting Christ as there are people who reject Him, but the following are some of the reasons that serve as general categories:
(1) Some people do not think they need a savior. These people consider themselves to be “basically good” and do not realize that they, like all people, are sinners who cannot come to God on their own terms.
(2) For some the fear of social rejection or persecution deters them from receiving Christ as Savior. They say what will their community/samaj say?
(3) The devil has erected many walls that they cannot easily come out. If they come out of one, there is another, then another and so on. He knows what kind of walls to erect and has done his home-work well in advance. The walls could be fear of society, excommunication of family, friends, relatives etc.
(4) Some are like the Pharisees of old who would not confess Christ because they were more concerned with their status among their peers than doing God’s will. They loved the position and the esteem of others, “for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.”
(5) For some people, the things that the present world has to offer are more appealing than eternal things.
(6) Many people are simply resisting the Holy Spirit’s attempts to draw them to faith in Christ. (Acts 7:51).
(7) Some do not believe the Bible is the Truth. Some are rich and famous and so they think – why do they need the truth when they are already blessed. They look at their blessings and they think that they are already in favor with God. The truth is – you don’t have to be rich or famous to go to heaven. All the riches of this world cannot build our spiritual life nor can it add any value to our spirits. It can only touch our human life not our spiritual life. You cannot buy heaven or salvation with the wealth of this world.
(8) Some do not believe in a life after death. Some do not believe in heaven or Hell
(9) Some are ignorant. Some neglect and for some, Satan has kept them so busy in the world that they have no time to know the truth or hear the truth
(10) Some people think they are not good enough.
(11) Some people do not believe in God.
(12) Some think that they are gods.
(13) Many compare themselves to others and say I am better than that believer that lives down the street. If he is going to heaven then I should go too.
(14) Many believe their good works will save them. If I love God and my neighbor I will be saved.
(15) The god of this world (Satan, the Devil) has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God, should shine unto them. II Corinthians 3:3-4
(16) Because the devil has a hold on them –and– “they are caught up in the cares OF this world…” –and– “they love the things of this world, they love the passions of this world, they love the darkness, instead of the LIGHT! –and, “They love the desires of their fleshly heart, which is through Adam’s sin, they are led astray by their evil lusts of the flesh and the things OF this world”. Satan is the master tempter, the master deceiver, the master liar, the master of evil: simply, he is the Devil.
(17) Because of wrong messages of condemnation and fear – which chases them away. Because they were told they had to give up the pleasures (fornication, adultery, righteous living etc.) of the world. They were told to do all this before they accepted Jesus in their heart. Unless the Lord comes to live in their heart they do not have strength and ability to fight sin. In short they don’t come because of the Wrong message!
(18) Preachers have been yelling from the pulpit – do not smoke, do not drink and then Jesus will accept you, so they run away. This is a wrong message. It speaks of living holy and right life without God’s strength.
(19) People reject Christ because they love their sin and they hate having it exposed by God’s light.
(20) People don’t want God interfering with what they consider “a good time,” and they don’t believe the warnings of Scripture that they are under God’s judgment now and will face it eternally when they die. They think God is an hindrance to their fun and joy which is not true. God wants us to have fun and enjoyment.
(21) People think that they’re basically good and that God will overlook their faults and give them credit for their good deeds on judgment day. So they don’t repent of their sin and believe in Jesus Christ to save them from God’s judgment. Some believe in god works verses bad works. If their good works are more than bad works they will surely go to heaven.
(22) Some think that there is more than one way to heaven. It is more popular to believe that all paths lead to God. People often say that all religions are fundamentally the same, and only superficially different, often quoting some Elephant analogy where blindfolded men are describing different parts of the same elephant.
(23) Some are in denominational churches where their parents have taken them when they were a child and so they have accepted it to be their religion. So they do not want anything new to hear. They have never read the Bible on their own to find the truth as they have been taught by priests that they should not read the bible on their own or they may misinterpret the Bible. They should only hear the bible from the priests.
(24) Some from the Roman catholic background have been taught that faith alone in Christ is not sufficient for salvation. But the Bible clearly and consistently states that receiving Jesus Christ as Savior, by grace through faith, grants salvation (John 1:12; 3:16,18,36; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10,13; Ephesians 2:8-9).
(25) The Roman Catholic Church teaches that a person must believe in Jesus Christ AND be baptized AND receive the Eucharist along with the other sacraments AND obey the decrees of the Roman Catholic Church AND perform meritorious works AND not die with any mortal sins AND etc., etc., etc. If a person believes what the Catholic Church officially teaches, he/she will not be saved. Any claim that works or rituals must be added to faith in order for salvation to be achieved is a claim that Jesus’ death was not sufficient to fully purchase our salvation.
(26) Some don’t believe in the Bible because they have heard it from somewhere that the Bible has been changed many times. People also claim that it has historical inaccuracies and contradictions that lead others to doubt of its authorship and that it was written by those inspired by the Holy Spirit.
(27) Some say that I have seen how those Christians behave so I don’t want to be a Christian as I am better than them. If they think they can go to heaven by being that way, why cant I. It’s not our good works or behaviour that takes us to heaven, but because of the Blood of Jesus which he shed for mankind and when anyone believes he is saved. Now he/she needs to grow up in this new life.
(28) Some are born into different religions so they have accepted in whatever religious backgrounds they were born in.
(29) The elderly don’t want a change now as they say – Now we are old and we have been following this religion for long. Now who has the time to hear about any new religion, we are comfortable in whatever we believe. So please don’t force us and leave us alone. Though Christians don’t force anyone neither should they force anyone, because God never accepts a forceful conversion or to be more clear – A forceful conversion is not a conversion at all, because in conversion Jesus Himself comes into our heart and lives by His life in us and we become a child of God. Whenever a conversion is forced, Jesus will never enter that person’s heart because God never wants a forceful follower or believer.
(30) Many Born again Christians are not praying for their family, friends, city, state and centre for the salvation of souls. Some don’t even witness to others or are a testimony of the love of Jesus. In fact many of our own church family are the ones which cause division and separation and persecute God’s family. They speak bad about the pastor’s and leaders who are doing God’s work. Neither do they speak for God, nor will they allow the ones who are speaking of Christ though persecuted for His Name. God marks all these people though they are His children. Some divide churches or even break churches. They do not understand that they are breaking God’s house-hold, whom Jesus gave His life to make. The Bible says – The Judgment must first come in the household of God.
(31) Some believe in the doctrine of Purgatory, so they think even they ahve sinned, they may suffer for sometime & then they can be back on their journey to Heaven. This is wrong. To summarize, in Catholic theology Purgatory is a place that a Christian’s soul goes to after death to be cleansed of the sins that had not been fully satisfied during life. This is not from the Bible. Jesus died to pay the penalty for all of our sins (Romans 5:8). To say that we must atone for our sins by cleansing in Purgatory is to deny the sufficiency of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus (1 John 2:2). The idea that we have to suffer for our sins after death is contrary to everything the Bible says about salvation.
(32) Some believe one must be sorry for sin and repent of it, but the idea that payment for sin is required by a holy God is not part of their religion. It’s important to begin with the idea that being sorry for sin will not help them when they stand before a holy God on Judgment Day. Ask them if a murderer will be allowed to go free if he says he’s sorry in court. Most of them would agree that, if the judge is a good man, he must make sure justice is done. Being sorry won’t keep the murderer out of prison. Then ask the them if he believes he will go to heaven.
(33) Some of them believe in the Law of Moses, so ask them if he has kept each one of the commandments perfectly. Once he admits he has lied at some time in his life or lusted after a woman in his heart, ask him, if an earthly judge can’t pardon a murderer just because he is sorry, how can God forgive him when he has just admitted to being a liar or an adulterer in his heart? If he’s at all honest, he will admit this is impossible. At this point, you can say that God made it possible for him to go to heaven even though he can’t get there on his own. Preach Jesus Christ as our substitute for sin, our Savior from sins we cannot atone for ourselves.
(34) Some believe in Self-denial and sacrifice for salvation. One’s works, good and bad, are measured and judged after death. If one’s deeds are good, he continues to be reincarnated into higher life forms; if his deeds are bad, he will become a lower life form. It is only when one’s good deeds have counterbalanced the bad that he can cease the cycles of rebirth and realize his oneness with God.
(35) How different is the merciful God of the Bible who “so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). The Bible is clear that salvation is by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8–9). “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). No amount of good deeds can ever achieve salvation for anyone.
Whatever the reasons why people reject Jesus Christ, their rejection has disastrous eternal consequences. The Son of God made no apology for his declaration:
Jn. 14:6 – I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved than the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12), and those who reject Him, for whatever reason, face an eternity in the “outer darkness” of hell where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25:30).
SALVATION IS ONLY IN CHRIST.
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