There is one topic that was never discussed, in detail, during the course of this book regarding every person's place in the Kingdom of Heaven. I wanted so much to address this somewhere within the book, but could not do so properly because, in a way, this has nothing to do with your taking your place in the Kingdom of Heaven. But in a small way, this topic is more important than anything you have read in this book. The topic is this: what is God to do with the unbelievers? And for that matter, what is God to do with all mis-believers? For believing the wrong things is no different than believing nothing; God's own words bear this out.
Everything you have read in this book is absolutely true regarding you if you are an unbeliever or mis-believer. You do truly have a place in the Kingdom of Heaven if your life here earns you this place in the Kingdom. This is the wisdom of God's majesty and this is clearly stated all through the Bible (and all through other "valid" religions). But the actual details of your life between now and the time you enter the Kingdom have not been discussed, have they? And here lies the predicament of this author: do I tell the details of your future only to the end that some people just will not care about the present time? Mankind has been notorious for putting things off until tomorrow. Well, this author has lived his life believing that people should be given the truth. This author has lived his life always believing that those who withhold the truth do so only because they think they are better and smarter than the others they withhold from. This author begs you to not put off until tomorrow that which you can begin today.
You, and this author, are in this world living this selfish little life we have been given. Let us say that you, or I, have absolutely no belief in God. As we know by now, we can do just fine if we live a decent life as discussed in this book: the Bible tells us all of this. But God is in heaven and has a decision to make about us. Yes, we lived the life He wanted us to live. But, and this is important, we never acknowledged Him as our true Father: the Giver of life. This is not a problem for God or for us, but how can we grow to be God one day if we do not know who and what God is?
This is not a problem because we and God know that the life we live here is much more important than what we know about God (who is found no where upon this earth). God knows this and we know this: it is just common sense! This too will be found in many places of the Bible and other religions. So here are the details of our future if you care to learn them. No person shall ever have a part in the Kingdom of Heaven until they know God for what He truly is and has been. Think about this. How can someone ever be God if they know nothing about what God is? This is not something we stumble into someday of our life. So here is how we and many others will eventually find our place in God's Kingdom.
Nearly every person upon this earth will get a second chance at life. This is where those mis-believers will scream "no!" at the top of their lungs, but their own Bible will now be quoted to you. When your truth here is finished, theirs will have just begun. For it is easy to teach the truth to you: you do not believe anything and still have your common sense. Mis-believers believe everything that is wrong and have wrapped their common sense within the shell of their lifelong mis-belief. We all do this in some ways of our life: this is . . . forgivable.
God's greatest miracle is that He gave us our life to live in this world and will give us a second chance. Regarding how we place Him in our life, God clearly states this in two places of His Bible and refers to His second chance in yet a third place.
THE FIRST PLACE
Paul was an Apostle of Christ. He never met Christ; indeed Paul spent much time killing (or seeing to the killing of) many early people who believed in Christ. People today call these early people Christians, but they really were practicing Jews who merely believed in Christ. Paul killed many of them because they stood against what Paul had spent a lifetime believing (his shell of lifelong mis-belief). God then introduced Himself to Paul (and the truth). Now, how do you think Paul felt? This author would have killed himself for killing God's children. Paul, more than any other person in history, knew that Christ was God and was a God who gave second chances. Paul taught mainly to the Gentiles. Imagine that: the ultra-proud Jew (Paul) was sent to (of all people), the Gentiles! Gentiles were non-Jews and were despised by the Jews. Sound like today's world? (With mankind, nothing ever changes). For quite some time, Paul had wanted to go to Rome, the mother-of-all-Gentile-cities. Paul wrote his letter to the Romans before he went there to teach them many truths about where they stand, exactly, with God and where the Jews thought they stood with God. Paul would state that the Jews believed Gentiles were dead-already in the eyes of God, but that the Jews were completely wrong. Sound like today's world? Speaking to the Romans (non-Jews) regarding the Jews (words in parentheses placed by this author):
Romans 11:11 I say then, Have they (the Jews) stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
Romans 11:12 Now if the fall of them (the Jews) be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness?
Romans 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
Romans 11:14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh (other Jews), and might save some of them.
Romans 11:15 For if the casting away of them (the Jews) be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
Romans 11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
Paul continues to explain how the Jews and Gentiles are no different in God's eyes:
Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel (the Jews have failed in part regarding Christ), until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Romans 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
Romans 11:28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes.
Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Romans 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Romans 11:31 Even so have these (Jews) also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
Romans 11:32 For God hath concluded them all (the Jews) in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all.
Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!
Here you have the truth of God. God is going to have mercy upon those that never believed. Mercy can only mean a second chance (somewhere). In fact, Paul clearly states here that while there are so many upon this earth who never had the chance to truly know God, that God will include those who believe wrong things (mis-believers) into the group of people who believe nothing. Notice the order here! God will take those who believe all the wrong things and automatically graduate them TO THE LEVEL of those who believe nothing! How ironic it is that those who believe wrong things have always looked down upon those who believe nothing (regarding God). Obviously, it is not required that we find God during our life here. Finding God might be a very good thing for us, (and might go a long way toward helping us), but it is absolutely not required. Now here is where religious folks today will scream their vanities to you. Because people today look fondly to the past and put the past into a realm where everything was perfect and either right or wrong, they do not understand Paul's letter to the Romans. Paul wrote this letter to every person who lived in Rome. It was intended for any person who held even a flicker-of-hope toward learning about God and the life we are supposed to live. It did not matter if those who read his letter ever succeeded in finding God. The truth is the truth and it applies to all people. The truth applies to those who believe absolutely nothing, those who have a flicker-of-hope concerning their search for God, and those who are actively searching for and believing in God.
God will have mercy on those who believe nothing and those who believe wrongly (including Jews, Christians, Muslims, etc.). Mercy means a second chance. A second chance means the opportunity to see the truth of God so that you finally understand God and can take your part in the Kingdom of God.
Now, a person who believes nothing has no problem understanding Paul's message to the Romans. A person who believes nothing knows what mercy means. Mercy means another chance: that is all mercy means. Those religious folks who think they know the truth of God cannot really explain what Paul is saying. They will try . . . but they will fail.
THE SECOND PLACE
Peter was a disciple of Christ. In some regards, Peter was favored by Christ above the other disciples. There is one church upon this earth today that claims its lineage back to the disciple Peter. That lineage will not be discussed here because it has nothing to do with your place in the Kingdom of Heaven. Also, this church fails to understand Peter's very messages in the Bible. Peter wrote a letter addressing several concerns he had regarding the church that was forming in Rome and other places (concerns that indeed came to pass).
There was a religious power struggle going on in these new Christian religions during Peter's final days. Some people were trying and succeeding in making their false beliefs become part of the church. Peter wrote his second letter to tell people to always remember the truth of Christ's message. These others pushing their false messages were attempting to bury Christ's messages within their lies. So Peter was writing about people who merely wanted to find the truth and was warning them about others who tried to hide the truth of God (mis-believers). Regarding people preaching their vanities and lies about God (again, words in parentheses placed by this author):
2 Peter 2:18 For when they (mis-believing Christians) speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean (seekers of the truth and non-believers) escaped from them who live in error.
2 Peter 2:19 While they (mis-believing Christians) promise them liberty, they themselves (mis-believing Christians) are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
2 Peter 2:21 For it had been better for them (mis-believing Christians) not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
Read this entire second letter of Peter. It is a very short letter but it exactly addresses the hazards and problems of those who mis-believe in God. Some of those who mis-believe in God (believing the wrong things) actually try to steer non-believers in the wrong direction. Peter tells this very church in Rome (and others) that it would be better had they never believed anything than to have seen the actual truth of God and then turn the other way from this truth (or to turn others away from this truth). This letter implies that it is allowed to mis-believe or to not believe. Peter never says anything bad about these people. But Peter does specifically address those mis-believers who preach their vanities to others.
Why would God say this through Peter? Why would God rather a person believe in nothing than to believe wrong things? Because this happened in this new upstart Christian religion AFTER Christ had left this world and because of the second chance He will give us all. It is very easy to give a second chance to someone who never had a chance of learning about God. It is much harder to give a second chance to someone who knows the truth, but then makes a decision to hide the truth from others seeking it. Not that they actually hide the truth, but because they do not understand the truth, they then invent things to satisfy themselves (remember this). After a long while, these vanities become "gospel" because people heard it from their parents who heard it from their parents who heard it from their parents, etc.
Now, here is the lesson of Peter. Look for the truth of God in this world and in Christ's message. Christ's message never was to the Jews or the Christians, but it was to the entire world: Christ never said anything to the contrary. You would do better to try to discover the truth on your own, and fail, than to just listen to what others tell you (and then take what these others tell you to be "gospel" because their parents, or someone else, told it to them). If you believe nothing in this world, you will get your second chance. Read it yourself one more time. If you believe absolutely nothing, it is better than knowing the truth and turning away from it.
"For it had been better for them (mis-believers) not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them."
Take a few moments to study the paragraph you just read. All truth from God is a two-edged sword. If you just consider God's truth and adopt what you learn as your own, you will always do well, no matter who you are. If you know God's truth and then change it, you will find the other side of God's sword. For the first side of God's sword always contains His mercy: the other side only contains His wrath. All truth from God is a two-edged sword. The first side contains His mercy and will always cut away from you, clearing your way. The second side will cut against you and will always find you. No person will ever see the second side of God's sword until they have seen the first side of God's sword. It has always been this way with God. Read now about the other side of God's sword as told by Peter and Paul.
Both Peter and Paul cautioned the world to only believe Christ's message (and not other peoples' messages). Christ's message is perfectly clear: you need no one's help in reading His words and understanding His words. You might not like what His words say, but they still are the truth. Also, if you believe His words and then preach your vanities to others, YOU MIGHT NOT GET YOUR SECOND CHANCE NOR WILL YOU RECEIVE GOD'S MERCY. Peter and Paul clearly state that it would be better for these people (who preach their vanities) to have never known anything. (Know now that this does not only apply to Christians, but also applies to Jews, Muslims, Hindu, Buddhist, etc.: should any of these be found guilty of the same.)
Now we come to the people who Peter and Paul wrote about (not to, but about). These people are not important to God or this world, but they do have an influence upon this world. These people have found their way into every major religion upon this earth (with help). It has been stated within this book that the Bible is the most recent and therefore the most unaltered truth of God. There are many who claim the Bible is just word-of-mouth passed down through generations. Count the number of authors in the Bible: it is not as many as you once believed. If you have any faith in God, then believe in His ability to keep the words of a few authors true and accurate.
The people Peter and Paul wrote about will often direct you toward the writings of other people. These people will tell you that these other writers had a clairvoyance into God's true meaning in His Bible. These people would tell you to never believe those "Bible fundamentalists" or folks who believe the Bible is perfect. Well, learn now the truth of "Bible fundamentalists" and of these others. This world is made up of many people (preaching loudly) who understand nothing about God. Those who cannot accept the Bible as the truth look fondly back upon those dead clairvoyant people who "interpreted" the Bible for us (the exact same Bible we hold in our hands today). Catholics have theirs; Presbyterians, Lutherans, and all the others have their own. But the truth of the matter is that anyone who ever wrote about Christ and God, had only the Bible as their source. What they did not understand, they then invented. After they died, they were looked upon as wise sages. Well guess what? You are as intelligent as any of these "wise sages" and you have the exact same Bible to rely upon for your truth. There are no "secret books" upon this earth (that were available to these "wise sages") and that are no longer available to you in this day and time. These "wise sages" had the same amount (or less!) of information available to them as you now do. Regarding what these "wise sages" wrote, if it is not clearly stated in the Bible where you can read it yourself, it just is not right!
Regarding "Bible fundamentalists," their major problem is that they cannot accept the "whole" Bible. They pick and choose which parts they believe in and discard everything else. Or they completely ignore the sentence before or after their favorite message thereby missing the entire conversation. Any Bible fundamentalist who does not believe in the seven Spirits of God being sent to the entire world has failed in the Word of God. Here is their lesson of failure: just as those "wise sages" who never understood God's entire message, "Bible fundamentalists" do not either. Whether it involves taking the entire message and "interpreting" it for the masses, or taking one fraction of the message and preaching it to the world, all have failed.
Regarding failure, if anyone, including this author, tells you not to believe one part of the Bible (or not to believe any other faith), then leave that person (or this author) at once. Everything people write about the Bible must come back to the words you find in the Bible. If the words are not there, then they are not there: everything is this simple. You are perfectly capable of deciding for yourself, as long as you read the entire conversation between God and His children. All of this is what Peter and Paul sought to teach the Romans (and all non-believers) about God. Their messages were simple and their messages were from God.
THE THIRD PLACE
This letter addresses our second chance that God will give to nearly all people. The messages of Peter and Paul were mentioned first because Peter and Paul were no different than we are. We more easily understand other people than we do God. The third mention of our second chance comes from God Himself (Christ):
Mark 10:23 And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
Mark 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
Mark 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Mark 10:26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
God's final words in this message are that "with God all things are possible." Christ never says this means a second chance. Christ definitely implies that God's mercy will be shown. This final example relies upon the common sense of mankind. Christ clearly states that those who pursue the riches of this world cannot possibly enter the Kingdom of God. So what can this mean? It means that just as it is not somebody's fault that they never knew God, it is not always somebody's fault that they were either born rich or pursued riches. Know that what Christ said is true! But if a person's life dictates that they should be given a second chance, that person shall receive their second chance. This is what God says: nothing more and nothing less.
When shall all of this happen? When shall people receive their second chance?
The Bible never specifies how, or when, this will happen:
possibly because we do not need to know;
possibly because it does not matter!
My friend, do not consider any of what you are about to read to be absolutely true. This author knows much about the Word of God and this author knows much about the Will of God, but more importantly, this author knows common sense and the obvious truth of this world.
The Word of God (your Bible) says that God is a kind and loving God. Perhaps the best way to look at God, the Father, is that of being our true Father. God truly has the love of a Father (or Mother). The Word of God says that God will have mercy on those who live decent and caring lives. How decent and how caring? Only you decide for now and God will decide later: other people never decide this for you. Common sense tells you that mercy means a second chance because the Word of God says that God has never rewarded failure. God has never detailed His mercy or His second chance. He could have, had He so chosen to do so. No . . . God leaves this knowledge to us: using our common sense (and our fear), we are to decide if our failings will fit into His plan of mercy. God specifically addresses those failings that just might not be our fault: unbelief, mis-belief, and wealth. All of these can be caused by our upbringing, our culture, our strong parental ties, etc. Whether our failures are our fault, or not, every person must design their life so that their failures are eventually overcome. This is why we are here: this is what we are expected to overcome.
Now, the Bible says that Christ came to save that which was lost. It also says that Christ will come to rule this world for one-thousand years. This author firmly believes that our second chance will come during this one-thousand year reign of Christ. Why? Using common sense, it fits into God's plan of equal mercy, God's second chance, and Christ's words that He came to save that which was lost (meaning us). While Christ is upon this earth for one-thousand years, common sense tells us that He does not need to make more children. Common sense tells us that God would not make a "second batch" of children to be raised under a different set of guidelines (with Him being on this earth) than we ourselves lived under. Common sense tells us that because Christ will rule this world with a rod of iron, that this means "with little mercy" and it obviously applies to those who earlier had the opportunity to see the "mercy" side of His sword: meaning us. Does it matter if this author is right about all of this? Absolutely not! What matters is God's promise of mercy and of our second chance.
My dearest friend, believe nothing of what this author or other people tell you. Only believe what you read in your Bible. If your faith does not include the Bible, then believe only what your faith tells you as long as it matches your common sense and your feelings of decency toward other people. For we are all, as one, upon this earth. When you can accept that others upon this earth are equal to you and can accept that you are no better than others upon this earth, then God will accept you and He will decide that any of your other failings here will not preclude you from His "second chance."
During His second chance, you will know God, see God, and understand God. Know that He will be here wielding a rod of iron (a one-sided sword, per se) and that if you fail Him while He is here, then you have failed in your "last chance." Do what you can to help yourself find the Kingdom of Heaven during this lifetime because you still have not seen His mercy. Grow as you must, fail as you must, and learn from your failings.
Always remember that we showed God (Christ) no mercy while He was here. He shall do the same once He returns and we begin our "second chance." Take advantage of this life while you are still allowed to make mistakes.