But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same Word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.2 Peter 3:7-9
Every believer have heard the message of God’s love. All have been told that God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to die for us at the Cross.
But the truth about God’s love goes beyond what is being commonly taught and preached in our churches. 2 Peter 3:7-9 are such verses in Bible that speak much concerning the truth about God’s love, and contradicts with man’s version.
The verses explained that because of His love, God preserved the heavens and the earth for us. The delaying of swift judgment is evidence to the fact that God is patient with us. However, even as the ones loved by God, we are reminded not to forget that God is long-suffering toward us, that all of us should come to repentance, so that we will not perish.
This explanation of God’s love hinges on the truth that God is both just and loving. He is just to the extent that nothing of world could change His consistent ways of righteousness. And yet, He is also the enduring and loving Father, that despite His just ways, He has no desire to condemn evil men outright. Thus, in the context of a perfectly just and loving God, He persistently remained patient with us, allowing us time to recognize our shortcomings, and to come to repentance. Well, He had been patient with men for more than 6,000 years. What more could we ask from Him?
Unlike the common messages we hear from our church pulpits, that God’s love is about His unlimited mission to save men from destruction, the Bible tells us a very different version about His love. The Bible never described God’s love as unrestrained, as much as how men would like it to be. Jesus never said that to believe in Him is a simple process of merely saying with our tongues that we believe in Him.
Neither is it an elaborated scheme of rituals we perform with altar calls, nor can one be saved by simply uttering the “sinner’s prayer”. These are ways manufactured by men, thinking that they are the truth that leads us back to God. And after such lies are inculcated among believers, preachers would then inadvertently shift the powers of forgiveness from God to themselves, turning salvation into ceremonious events, that these self-appointed preachers pass on as real salvation.
They (false preachers) made salvation appear as though it is something like a commodity that is assigned to them by heaven to distribute, through men’s customary sacraments. And each culture, nation or tribe, will do it differently, but they all do the same; preaching false gospel.
Christmas is one such event perpetuated to be from God like false salvation. It is a celebration of sorts to usher the ending of the year, in the man-made Gregorian calendar. Then the arrival of New Year’s Eve and then the New Year. Nowhere in the Bible stated that Jesus was born on December 25th. But global Christianity culture has accepted this as such. Then the day is celebrated with feasts and giving of gifts, packaged in nicely wrapped boxes.
Christmas is hardly about Christ. Although churches depict the day as the day that the Lord was born in the manger, but the fact is, Christmas day is not the day of the Lord, but the day men decorate their homes with pine trees, to host feasts for themselves and their friends. Better for the world to stick with Santa Claus, it makes Christmas celebration more logically heathen, than to be taken as an important date for the God in the Bible.
To some, it is the time we set off for our holidays and to spend time away from work or school, to recharge our inner extrovert self. This is what the rich and the wealthy will be doing. And for the less fortunate, they’ll stay behind those who can afford the extravagance and parties, to celebrate in moderation in their homes or churches.
The truth is, Christmas is never about God, despite the fact we hear from churches that Christ is born on Christmas day. To man, regardless of whether he is rich or poor, Christmas is about himself and how he assures himself that God is blessing him. It is his day, his time of celebration, and his hour of feast that he falsely anchor as the day of Lord’s birth, in order to bolster the day of his own gala and festivity.
God Is Long-suffering Toward Us
But the Bible did state clearly the promise of God and that He slacks not at delivering it. What is counted as slackness by some, the Bible affirms the fact that God is long-suffering toward us, and He is not willing that any should perish but that all to come to repentance. This means, God is still waiting for us to repent, before He brings about the end of times, and His judgment. The gift of salvation from the Father, is therefore clearly tied to the fact that salvation is conditional on men’s repentance.
There’s no such thing mentioned in the Bible as accepting the Lord, in order to be saved. The order of things is for man to offer themselves to God (as living sacrifices), and ultimately it is still up to God to decide whether He wants to accept us (the living “sacrifice”), thus the choice or decision whether any soul is saved or condemned, still remain firmly in God’s hands. Inasmuch as God is in His sovereign state, He DOES NOT need to be accepted by men. Whether we accept God or not, adds no credence to our quest for salvation, and our will to accept God DOES NOT change the order of events that God had decided since the beginning of time, to put an end to sin.
This is the greatest gift from the Father. The gift of life and away from death. The gift of eternity and the key to the Father’s house. And no, they do not come in nicely wrapped gift boxes, and it is not distributed through any man-made ceremonial events. The gift of the Father is available to all who comes to Him in truth and in true repentance.
Thus, the inevitable is; before kingdom’s change, men must change. Men must repent. This means, before we see the coming days of the Lord, before we see the end of the ways of this world, the end of wars and killings etc, we must change. We must repent and turn back to God’s ways. What utter rubbish being taught in our churches that Jesus is coming to save us from a world set towards its own destruction? The truth is God is returning with His judgment, to destroy the ways of this world and unless we set ourselves apart from this world and to follow Him, we will become part of this impending destruction of the world, decreed by God Himself. “But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same Word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” (2 Peter 3:7)
And make no mistake of what the Bible stated; judgment and perdition are reserved not only for unbelievers but to all UNGODLY men. Regardless of how man manipulate the definition of biblical salvation, the cause of God’s judgment and wrath on our world, is still sin. And unless sin is uprooted and removed completely, kingdom change, true peace or God’s abundant blessings, will remain a far sight in our destination. Therefore repent, when there is still time.
If you celebrate Christmas, then I wish you Merry Christmas. Otherwise, happy holidays and have a good week ahead.