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Our beliefs must be firmly grounded in the Bible or else they are as the house built on the sand, which appeared secure until the storm demolished it (Mt 7:24-27; Act 17:11). Satan sold Adam and Eve a lie. He inferred God was not being honest with them (Gen 3:1-6). “A

What does the Bible really say?

rich man may be wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has discernment sees through him” (Prov 28:11).

Many people mistakenly consider that because they have lived reasonably good lives their actions will merit favour with God and they will be going to heaven when they die (Mt 5:20, 23:1-28; Eph 2:8,9; Tit 3:5). However, entrance is only permitted to those who have Jesus as Saviour (Jn 14:6; Act 4:12).

Others think this life is the end of their existence forever, or if there is an after-life they will address the issue when it comes, yet the Bible states, "It is appointed unto man to die once, then face the judgement" (Heb 9:27).

In the end times, God sends a strong delusion to those who choose not to believe the gospel of Christ (2 Thes 2:10-12). For those who know the truth and do not obey, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness” (Rom 1:18). God’s Word is truth so when it is known but rejected this makes a person prone to any lie, any deception, any untruth that humanity influenced by Satan can conjure up (Jn 17:17; Rom 1:21,22,28-32; 2 Tim 4:4). Satan deceives and blinds the minds of the unbelievers (2 Cor 4:4).

The delusion of the wicked is that they see death as life, and they wilfully and continuously injure themselves with their sin (Isa 5:20). Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but God gives life to the full in Christ (Jn 10:10). God is “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Pet 3:9). It is a person’s choice whether to accept and believe the truth of Jesus Christ as presented in the Scriptures. For those that turn to Christ this will be outworked in their lifestyle, “This is love for God: to obey His commands” (Jn 14:15; 1 Jn 5:3).

See also: assumptions, deception, discernment, end times, eternal security, facts, foundation, salvation, truth.