Sometime ago I saw a little sign in an office upon which was printed the following words: Don't Confuse Me With Facts! My Mind Is Made Up!

I found it both amusing and provocative. Since I have given the saying more thought, I am sure it perfectly describes the attitude of many people concerning religious matters. The prevailing attitude seems to be something like this: "I have been taught a particular doctrine and my mind is settled on this idea and it is not open for further investigation." This attitude assumes that all the facts are in and then shuts the gate solidly forevermore.

In religion the Word of God is the one and only book of facts. If we are to be pleasing in God's sight, we must constantly seek to know the facts which are so plainly set forth in the Holy Word... even if it upsets cherished beliefs that we have previously entertained. Too many of us are afraid of having our boats rocked regarding such matters as the soul, Heaven and Hell. Please remember, if the Word of God "shakes you up," you may be sure, you needed "shaking"!

Jesus described some people in His day with these words: "for the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them" (Matt. 13:15).

The same words perfectly describe the masses of our day. Their attitude, in a sentence, is simply this: "Don't Confuse Me With Facts Because My Mind Is Made Up!"

Regardless of whether we want to or not, here are some Bible "facts" we need to face. We may choose to ignore these facts now, but you may be sure they are to be faced. If not now, then in the judgement!

1. We Must Face The Fact Of Death: We read in Heb. 9:27 - "And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgement."

2. We Must Face The Fact Of The Judgement: Paul wrote in 2 Cor. 5:10 - "For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad."

3. We Must Face The Fact That If We Obey Not The Gospel, We Shall Be Lost: In 2 Thes. 1:7-9, Paul wrote - "and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing our retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power."

My Friend, it is possible that these facts disturb you, but this is God's law and you must face it, either now or later. If you wait until the judgement, it will be too late! Let's face the facts while there is still time and opportunity.

By W.R. Jones via Gospel Power, Vol. 10, No. 37, Sept. 14, 2003.

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