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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • ARE CERTAINLY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS, BUT THEY ALL PALE IN
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  • SIGNIFICANCE TO THE ONE WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT TODAY.
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  • IT'S THE QUESTION OF LIFE AFTER DEATH.
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  • FROM THE HISTORIC PULPIT OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS, THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY
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  • WITH BEST SELLING AUTHOR, BIBLE TEACHER, AND PASTOR:
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • IT'S NOT SOMETHING WE LIKE TO THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN.
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  • BUT THE FACT IS THAT ONE DAY, EVERY ONE OF US WILL FACE DEATH.
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  • THERE'S NOTHING WE CAN DO TO AVOID THAT!
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  • SO WHEN THAT DAY COMES,
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  • HOW CAN YOU BE CERTAIN ABOUT WHERE YOU'RE GOING?
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  • THE CHOICES WE MAKE TODAY ARE GUARANTEED
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  • TO EFFECT OUR ETERNAL DESTINATION.
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  • WHICH IS WHY WE NEED TO CHOOSE THE PATH WE TAKE
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  • VERY, VERY WISELY.
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  • TODAY WE'RE ANSWERING THE QUESTION,
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  • "HOW CAN I KNOW I'M GOING TO HEAVEN WHEN I DIE?"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • IF A FRIEND, OR ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN,
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  • CAME UP TO YOU AND ASKED,
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  • "HOW DO WE KNOW THE BIBLE IS TRUE?"
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  • COULD YOU GIVE A CLEAR AND CREDIBLE ANSWER?
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  • IT'S A FAIR QUESTION THAT DESERVES A SOLID ANSWER!
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  • AND WHEN YOU SUPPORT PATHWAY TO VICTORY WITH A GENEROUS
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  • GIFT TODAY, WE'D LIKE TO SEND YOU A BOOK FROM
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS CONTAINING
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  • ANSWERS TO LIFE'S 7 MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS.
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  • IT'S CALLED, HOW CAN I KNOW?
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  • GOD IS NEVER THREATENED BY OUR QUESTIONS!
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  • IN FACT, HE'S PROVIDED TRUTHFUL ANSWERS IN HIS WORD
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  • TO QUESTIONS LIKE,
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  • HOW CAN I KNOW GOD IS GOOD WITH ALL THE SUFFERING IN THE WORLD?
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  • AND, HOW CAN I KNOW THERE'S REALLY LIFE AFTER DEATH?
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  • SEVEN STRAIGHTFORWARD ANSWERS TO SEVEN PRESSING QUESTIONS.
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  • THE BOOK CALLED, HOW CAN I KNOW IS YOURS
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • IN HIS BOOK "THE DENIAL OF DEATH" ERNEST BECKER WRITES
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  • THAT THE IDEA OF DEATH,
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  • THE FEAR OF IT HAUNTS THE HUMAN ANIMAL LIKE NOTHING ELSE.
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  • PERHAPS THAT'S WHY WE DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO AVOID
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  • HAVING TO THINK ABOUT DEATH.
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  • WORK, RECREATIONAL PURSUITS, RELATIONSHIPS ARE ALL WELCOME
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  • DIVERSIONS FROM THE KNOWLEDGE THAT EVERY SECOND THAT PASSES
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  • MOVES US CLOSER AND CLOSER
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  • TO THE DAY OF OUR DEMISE.
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  • SALIBELLO SAYS THAT THE LIVING ARE LIKE
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  • BIRDS FLYING OVER THE SURFACE OF THE WATER;
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  • ONE DAY PLUNGE SUDDENLY INTO THE WATER
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  • AND NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN,
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  • BUT THE OTHER BIRDS KEEP ON FLYING.
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  • EVERY DAY 5.000 AMERICANS DIE.
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  • WE SEE THEM DROPPING INTO THE GRAVES
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  • ALL AROUND US, BUT WE DON'T THINK ABOUT IT
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  • AND WE WANT TO KEEP ON LIVING BECAUSE THINKING
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  • ABOUT DEMISE OF OTHERS REMINDS US THAT OUR
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  • DEMISE IS INEVITABLE AS WELL.
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  • AND THAT THOUGHT IS TOO TERRIFYING TO CONSIDER.
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  • BUT OCCASIONALLY DEATH STRIKES SO CLOSE
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  • TO HOME THAT IT PIERCES THE SUSPENSION
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  • OF DISBELIEF WE'VE SPUN FOR
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  • OURSELVES ABOUT OUR IMMORTALITY.
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  • IT MAKES US REALIZE THAT DEATH IS COMING.
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  • I THINK ABOUT JOB, FOR EXAMPLE:
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  • WORK, WORSHIP OF GOD, HIS WEALTH
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  • - ALL WERE INTEGRAL PARTS OF JOB'S LIFE
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  • AND SO HE REALLY DIDN'T THINK ABOUT
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  • HIS MORTALITY TOO MUCH.
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  • UNTIL ONE DAY A FREAK WINDSTORM CAUSED
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  • AN ACCIDENT THAT TOOK THE LIVES
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  • OF 10 OF HIS CHILDREN.
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  • DEATH CAME HOME TO JOB THAT DAY.
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  • JOB CRIED OUT PERHAPS
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  • LIFE'S MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION:
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  • IF A MAN DIES WILL HE LIVE AGAIN?
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  • IF MY HUSBAND OR WIFE DIES WILL I SEE THEM AGAIN?
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  • IF MY CHILD DIES WILL I SEE HIM OR HER AGAIN?
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  • WHEN I DIE, WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES FOR
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  • THE LAST TIME HERE ON EARTH, DO I JUST
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  • SLIP INTO AN ETERNITY OF NOTHINGNESS OR
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  • IS THERE AN EXISTENCE BEYOND THE GRAVE?
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  • AND SO, TODAY, WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THIS SUBJECT:
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  • HOW CAN I KNOW I'M GOING TO HEAVEN WHEN I DIE?
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  • BUT BEFORE WE ANSWER THAT QUESTION WE NEED TO ANSWER
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  • THE QUESTION OF WHETHER OR NOT
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  • THERE IS ACTUALLY LIFE AFTER DEATH.
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  • TODAY, I WANT US TO BEGIN BY CONSIDERING FOUR PIECES OF
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  • EVIDENCE THAT ARGUE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF LIFE AFTER DEATH.
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  • NOW, NONE OF THESE EVIDENCES IS CONCLUSIVE
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  • IN AND OF ITSELF, I ADMIT THAT.
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  • THEY ARE CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE.
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  • BUT WHEN YOU CONSIDER ALL OF THESE PIECES OF EVIDENCE
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  • TOGETHER, THEY DO SEEM TO POINT IN A DEFINITE DIRECTION.
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  • WHAT EVIDENCE IS THERE THAT THERE IS AN EXISTENCE
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  • BEYOND THE GRAVE?
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  • FIRST OF ALL, CONSIDER NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES.
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  • NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES.
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  • YOU'VE PROBABLY HAVE READ ABOUT THESE ACCOUNTS,
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  • AND THEY SEEM TO BE INCREASING IN NUMBER
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  • OF PEOPLE WHO'VE BEEN DECLARED CLINICALLY
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  • DEAD OR NEAR-DEAD, AND THEY TELL ABOUT GOING
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  • TO HEAVEN AND SEEING ALL OF THEIR LOVED ONES, AND
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  • RIDING AROUND ON THE WINGS OF BUTTERFLIES,
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  • AND THEN THEY COME BACK TO EARTH
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  • AND TELL US ABOUT WHAT THEY SAW.
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  • AS YOU KNOW, I'M SKEPTICAL OF THESE
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  • NEAR- DEATH EXPERIENCES FOR SEVERAL REASONS.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, THE TERMINOLOGY IN
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  • AND OF ITSELF IS QUESTIONABLE.
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  • I MEAN, IT SEEMS TO BE AN OXYMORON
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  • - A NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE.
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  • THAT'S LIKE SAYING YOU'VE HAD
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  • A NEAR- PREGNANT EXPERIENCE.
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  • I MEAN, DEATH AND PREGNANCY ARE ALIKE
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  • IN THAT EITHER YOU ARE OR YOU AREN'T.
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  • NOBODY IS NEARLY-PREGNANT
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  • AND NOBODY IS NEARLY- DEAD.
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  • DEAD IS DEAD, NEVERTHELESS,
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  • THE SHEER NUMBER OF NEAR- DEATH EXPERIENCES
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  • THAT HAD BEEN RECORDED MEANS THAT WE
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  • PROBABLY SHOULDN'T DISMISS THEM COMPLETELY.
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  • AT THE VERY LEAST, THE NUMBER
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  • OF NEAR- DEATH EXPERIENCES SUGGESTS
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  • THAT OUR CONSCIOUSNESS CAN SURVIVE AFTER
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  • THE CESSATION OF HEART OR BRAIN ACTIVITY;
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  • EVEN IF FOR A FEW SECONDS.
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  • AND IF IT CAN SURVIVE FOR A FEW SECONDS,
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  • WHY NOT A FEW MINUTES?
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  • AND IF NOT FOR A FEW MINUTES, WHY NOT FOR ETERNITY?
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  • NOW, ADMITTEDLY, NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES ARE THE LEAST
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  • CONVINCING ARGUMENT FOR LIFE AFTER DEATH,
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  • BUT THEY'RE ONE PIECE IN THE PUZZLE.
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  • THE SECOND EVIDENCE I WOULD MENTION WOULD BE THE
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  • TRANSCENDENCE OF THE MIND.
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  • THE TRANSCENDENCE OF THE MIND.
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  • AUTHOR PETER KRAFT, A PROFESSOR,
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  • CLAIMS THAT EVERY TIME HE DELIBERATELY RAISES HIS ARM HE
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  • PROVES THAT THERE IS SOMETHING EXISTS
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  • BEYOND THE MATERIAL WORLD.
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  • BEYOND HIS MUSCLES, BEYOND HIS NERVOUS SYSTEM,
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  • BEYOND HIS BRAIN THERE IS SOMETHING WE CALL THE WILL
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  • THAT TELLS HIM TO MOVE HIS HAND.
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  • NOW, THINK ABOUT THE WILL.
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  • IT'S A VERY REAL PART OF US.
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  • IT CONTROLS WHAT WE DO, BUT CAN YOU MEASURE A PERSON'S WILL?
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  • YOU CAN MEASURE HIS BRAIN.
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  • CAN YOU MEASURE HIS WILL?
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  • HOW WIDE IS A WILL?
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  • IS IT 3 CENTIMETERS?
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  • IS IT 10 CENTIMETERS?
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  • THE POINT IS SIMPLY THIS: THE FACT THAT THERE IS SOMETHING,
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  • OUR WILL, THAT TRANSCENDS OUR MIND,
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  • OUR MUSCLES, OUR NERVOUS SYSTEM,
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  • MEANS THAT THERE IS NO REASON THAT THIS CONSCIOUS PART OF
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  • US, THE WILL, HAS TO CEASE EVEN AFTER OUR MATERIAL
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  • BODY DIES AND DECAYS.
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  • THIRDLY, WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE FOR LIFE AFTER DEATH?
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  • I BET YOU'VE NEVER THOUGHT OF THIS ONE BEFORE:
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  • DIRTY JOKES AND DEATH.
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  • DIRTY JOKES AND DEATH.
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  • C. S. LEWIS ONCE OBSERVED THAT ALMOST ALL DIRTY JOKES HAVE TO
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  • DO WITH TWO VERY NATURAL ACTS:
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  • REPRODUCTION AND EXCRETION.
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  • WHY IS THAT?
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  • SOME HAVE ARGUED THAT THE FACT WE ARE SO
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  • FOCUSED ON THESE OTHERWISE NATURAL
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  • BEHAVIORS IS EVIDENCE OF A PERPETUAL
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  • DISSONANCE THAT EXISTS IN US BETWEEN
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  • OUR BODIES AND OUR SPIRITS.
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  • THE REAL PART OF US, OUR SPIRIT IS NOT QUITE
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  • COMFORTABLE WITH OUR HUMANITY.
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  • AND YOU SEE THAT DISSONANCE ESPECIALLY
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  • IN THE RITUALS WE CREATED SURROUNDING DEATH.
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  • NOW THINK ABOUT THIS.
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  • EVERYTHING IN NATURE DIES
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  • FROM GRASS TO GRASSHOPPERS.
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  • THE NATURAL WORLD THINKS NOTHING ABOUT DEATH.
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  • IT IS A PART OF THE NATURAL WORLD.
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  • BUT WE WHO ARE HUMAN BEINGS,
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  • WE'RE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH DEATH.
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  • WHY IS THAT?
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  • WHY IS IT WE HAVE SUCH A HARD TIME WITH
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  • SOMETHING AS NATURAL AS DEATH AND NO MATTER
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  • WHAT WE DO WE CAN'T PREVENT IT?
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  • WHY ARE WE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH IT?
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  • PERHAPS IT'S BECAUSE OF AS SOLOMON SAID IN
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  • ECCLESIASTES 3:11, "GOD HAS PLACED ETERNITY IN OUR HEARTS."
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  • WE HUMAN BEINGS UNLIKE OTHER ANIMALS,
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  • WE REALIZE THAT THERE IS SOMETHING BEYOND DEATH
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  • THAT AWAITS US.
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  • NOW, YOU PROBABLY NEVER THOUGHT OF
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  • DIRTY JOKES AND DEATH, AGAIN,
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  • AS EVIDENCE FOR LIFE AFTER DEATH.
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  • AND ADMITTEDLY, THEY DON'T OFFER CONCLUSIVE PROOF,
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  • BUT THEY DO SHOW THAT WE ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH OUR HUMANITY.
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  • WHY AREN'T WE COMFORTABLE WITH OUR HUMANITY?
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  • PERHAPS IT'S BECAUSE, AS PHILIP YANCEY SAYS,
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  • WE INSTINCTIVELY KNOW WE'RE NOT QUITE HOME YET.
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  • A FOURTH EVIDENCE FOR LIFE AFTER DEATH IS
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  • THE EMPTY TOMB OF JESUS CHRIST.
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  • THE EMPTY TOMB OF JESUS IS NOT REALLY BIBLICAL EVIDENCE FOR
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  • LIFE AFTER DEATH; IT IS EXTRA-BIBLICAL EVIDENCE.
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  • THAT IS, THE EMPTY TOMB IS A HISTORICAL REALITY.
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  • IT'S A HISTORICAL REALITY THAT IN MORE THAN 2.000 YEARS THE
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  • BODY OF JESUS CHRIST HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED.
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  • IT'S NOT BEEN DISCOVERED.
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  • SO, THAT IS OUTSIDE THE BIBLE.
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  • WE KNOW THAT THE BODY OF CHRIST HAS NOT
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  • BEEN FOUND AND THAT OFFERS CONVINCING
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  • ARGUMENT FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF LIFE
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  • AFTER DEATH WHEN YOU CONSIDER
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  • THESE THREE FACTS.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, JESUS IS ACCEPTED ALMOST
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  • UNIVERSALLY AS A HISTORICAL FIGURE.
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  • HARDLY ANY HISTORIAN THAT DENIES
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  • EXISTENCE OF JESUS.
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  • SECONDLY, JESUS' FOLLOWERS HAVE
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  • CLAIMED FOR MORE THAN 2.000 YEARS THAT
  • 00:10:39.160 --> 00:10:41.220
  • HE WAS MIRACULOUSLY RAISED FROM THE DEAD.
  • 00:10:41.230 --> 00:10:44.000
  • IN FACT, THEY CLAIM THIS IS THE SIGNAL PROOF
  • 00:10:44.010 --> 00:10:46.000
  • THAT HE WAS THE SON OF GOD.
  • 00:10:46.010 --> 00:10:47.210
  • AND THIRDLY, JESUS' DETRACTORS BEGINNING
  • 00:10:47.220 --> 00:10:50.020
  • WITH THE ROMANS AND JEWISH LEADERS
  • 00:10:50.030 --> 00:10:51.260
  • WHO CRUCIFIED HIM HAVE DENIED THIS CLAIM AND
  • 00:10:51.270 --> 00:10:54.260
  • HAVE CONTINUOUSLY SOUGHT TO EXTINGUISH
  • 00:10:54.270 --> 00:10:57.200
  • THE CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT SINCE ITS INCEPTION.
  • 00:10:57.210 --> 00:11:00.280
  • BUT THEY HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO PRODUCE
  • 00:11:00.290 --> 00:11:02.110
  • THE BODY OF JESUS.
  • 00:11:02.120 --> 00:11:03.230
  • AND OVER THE LAST 2.000 YEARS MILLIONS
  • 00:11:03.240 --> 00:11:05.230
  • AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE BECOME
  • 00:11:05.240 --> 00:11:07.180
  • FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:11:07.190 --> 00:11:09.070
  • THEY SAID: I HAVE EXPERIENCED
  • 00:11:09.080 --> 00:11:10.270
  • THE RISEN SAVIOR IN MY LIFE.
  • 00:11:10.280 --> 00:11:14.120
  • NOW, AGAIN, ALL OF THESE EVIDENCES
  • 00:11:14.130 --> 00:11:18.130
  • AREN'T CONCLUSIVE IN AND OF THEMSELVES.
  • 00:11:18.140 --> 00:11:21.170
  • BUT WHEN YOU ADD IT ALL TOGETHER IT SEEMS
  • 00:11:21.180 --> 00:11:23.140
  • TO POINT IN A DEFINITE DIRECTION THAT THERE
  • 00:11:23.150 --> 00:11:25.240
  • IS SUCH A THING AS LIFE AFTER DEATH.
  • 00:11:25.250 --> 00:11:29.080
  • OF COURSE, THE QUESTION IS: WHAT IS THE NATURE
  • 00:11:29.090 --> 00:11:31.070
  • OF THE EXISTENCE OF LIFE AFTER DEATH?
  • 00:11:31.080 --> 00:11:33.250
  • AS I POINT OUT IN MY BOOK "HOW CAN I KNOW"
  • 00:11:33.260 --> 00:11:36.290
  • WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO LOOK AT IT IN THIS
  • 00:11:37.000 --> 00:11:38.150
  • SESSION, BUT THE VARIOUS WORLD RELIGIONS
  • 00:11:38.160 --> 00:11:40.200
  • ALL HAVE DIFFERENT THINGS TO SAY
  • 00:11:40.210 --> 00:11:42.220
  • ABOUT THE EXISTENCE OF LIFE AFTER DEATH.
  • 00:11:42.230 --> 00:11:46.020
  • BUT STAY WITH ME ON THIS.
  • 00:11:46.030 --> 00:11:47.240
  • IF WE'VE DECIDED THAT THE BIBLE IS TRUE,
  • 00:11:47.250 --> 00:11:50.000
  • AS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE; IF WE DECIDED
  • 00:11:50.010 --> 00:11:53.000
  • THAT CHRISTIANITY REALLY IS THE RIGHT
  • 00:11:53.010 --> 00:11:55.050
  • RELIGION THEN IT MAKES SENSE THAT
  • 00:11:55.060 --> 00:11:57.190
  • WE WOULD LOOK AND SEE WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT
  • 00:11:57.200 --> 00:12:00.030
  • THE NATURE OF LIFE AFTER DEATH,
  • 00:12:00.040 --> 00:12:01.250
  • IF WE INDEED FEEL LIKE THE BIBLE IS TRUSTWORTHY AND THAT
  • 00:12:01.260 --> 00:12:04.230
  • CHRISTIANITY IS THE RIGHT RELIGION.
  • 00:12:04.240 --> 00:12:06.290
  • YOU SAY: WELL, THAT ONLY MAKES SENSE ROBERT.
  • 00:12:07.000 --> 00:12:08.170
  • SURELY EVERY CHRISTIAN DOES THAT.
  • 00:12:08.180 --> 00:12:09.280
  • NO.
  • 00:12:09.290 --> 00:12:10.210
  • AS WE'RE GOING TO SEE IN A MOMENT,
  • 00:12:10.220 --> 00:12:11.270
  • MANY CHRISTIANS HAVE REJECTED SOME OF THE BIBLE'S MOST BASIC
  • 00:12:11.280 --> 00:12:14.180
  • TEACHING ABOUT THE NATURE OF LIFE AFTER DEATH.
  • 00:12:14.190 --> 00:12:18.070
  • SO LET'S SEE WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT
  • 00:12:18.080 --> 00:12:20.260
  • THE NATURE OF LIFE AFTER DEATH.
  • 00:12:20.270 --> 00:12:22.260
  • FIRST OF ALL, THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE
  • 00:12:22.270 --> 00:12:25.050
  • INEVITABILITY OF DEATH AND THE POSSIBILITY OF HEAVEN OR HELL.
  • 00:12:25.060 --> 00:12:29.140
  • LET ME SAYS THAT AGAIN.
  • 00:12:29.150 --> 00:12:30.220
  • THE BIBLE, FIRST OF ALL, TEACHES THE INEVITABILITY OF
  • 00:12:30.230 --> 00:12:33.170
  • DEATH AND THE POSSIBILITY OF HEAVEN OR HELL.
  • 00:12:33.180 --> 00:12:38.110
  • THE BIBLE AFFIRMS WHAT IS
  • 00:12:38.120 --> 00:12:39.170
  • READILY AVAILABLE AND OBSERVABLE TO ALL OF US;
  • 00:12:39.180 --> 00:12:42.080
  • AND THAT IS NO ONE GETS OUT OF THIS WORLD ALIVE.
  • 00:12:42.090 --> 00:12:45.210
  • HAVE YOU DISCOVERED THAT?
  • 00:12:45.220 --> 00:12:47.150
  • NO ONE GETS OUT OF THIS WORLD ALIVE.
  • 00:12:47.160 --> 00:12:49.230
  • AS ONE WAG SAID, THE STATICS ON DEATH ARE QUITE IMPRESSIVE:
  • 00:12:49.240 --> 00:12:55.020
  • ONE OUT OF EVERY ONE DIES.
  • 00:12:55.030 --> 00:12:58.060
  • THAT'S WHY THE BIBLE SAYS IT'S APPOINTED UNTO EVERY ONE OF US
  • 00:12:58.070 --> 00:13:02.010
  • ONCE TO DIE AND THEN THE JUDGMENT.
  • 00:13:02.020 --> 00:13:05.070
  • SOLOMON THOUGHT THIS WAS UNJUST.
  • 00:13:05.080 --> 00:13:06.280
  • HE WRESTLED WITH THIS CONCEPT THAT ONE FATE BEFALLS EVERYONE
  • 00:13:06.290 --> 00:13:10.220
  • IN ECCLESIASTES 9:2-3 HE SAID,
  • 00:13:10.230 --> 00:13:13.220
  • "IT IS THE SAME FOR ALL.
  • 00:13:13.230 --> 00:13:15.170
  • THERE IS ONE FATE FOR THE RIGHTEOUS AND FOR THE WICKED;
  • 00:13:15.180 --> 00:13:18.230
  • FOR THE GOOD, FOR THE CLEAN AND FOR THE UNCLEAN;
  • 00:13:18.240 --> 00:13:22.020
  • FOR THE MAN WHO OFFERS A SACRIFICE AND FOR THE ONE WHO
  • 00:13:22.030 --> 00:13:24.130
  • DOES NOT SACRIFICE.
  • 00:13:24.140 --> 00:13:26.110
  • AS THE GOOD MAN IS, SO IS THE SINNER;
  • 00:13:26.120 --> 00:13:28.280
  • AS THE SWEARER IS, SO IS THE ONE WHO IS AFRAID TO SWEAR.
  • 00:13:28.290 --> 00:13:32.200
  • THIS IS AN EVIL IN ALL THAT IS DONE UNDER THE SUN,
  • 00:13:32.210 --> 00:13:35.060
  • THAT THERE IS ONE FATE FOR ALL MEN."
  • 00:13:35.070 --> 00:13:38.240
  • YES, SOLOMON WRESTLED WITH HIS OWN BELIEFS AND HE CAME TO THE
  • 00:13:38.250 --> 00:13:42.200
  • CONCLUSION IN ECCLESIASTES 3:17,
  • 00:13:42.210 --> 00:13:44.270
  • "GOD WILL JUDGE BOTH THE RIGHTEOUS MAN AND THE WICKED
  • 00:13:44.280 --> 00:13:48.140
  • MAN, FOR A TIME FOR EVERY MATTER AND FOR EVERY DEED IS THERE."
  • 00:13:48.150 --> 00:13:54.070
  • JESUS TAUGHT THE SAME THING.
  • 00:13:54.080 --> 00:13:55.170
  • JESUS SAID ALTHOUGH THERE'S ONE FATE FOR ALL OF US -
  • 00:13:55.180 --> 00:13:58.230
  • DEATH, BEYOND DEATH THERE ARE TWO POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS.
  • 00:13:58.240 --> 00:14:04.140
  • AND WE SEE THOSE TWO DESTINATIONS ILLUSTRATED IN
  • 00:14:04.150 --> 00:14:07.260
  • THE FAMOUS PARABLE JESUS TOLD IN LUKE 16.
  • 00:14:07.270 --> 00:14:11.120
  • IT'S THE STORY OF TWO MEN WHO LIVED TWO VERY DIFFERENT LIVES.
  • 00:14:11.130 --> 00:14:16.010
  • THEY BOTH DIED AND THEY EXPERIENCED
  • 00:14:16.020 --> 00:14:18.210
  • TWO DISTINCT DESTINIES.
  • 00:14:18.220 --> 00:14:21.100
  • LET'S PICK UP THE STORY IN LUKE 16:22-23, JESUS SAID,
  • 00:14:21.110 --> 00:14:26.080
  • "NOW THE POOR MAN DIED AND WAS CARRIED AWAY
  • 00:14:26.090 --> 00:14:28.180
  • BY THE ANGELS TO ABRAHAM'S BOSOM."
  • 00:14:28.190 --> 00:14:31.180
  • THAT'S A REFERENCE, AN OLD TESTAMENT REFERENCE
  • 00:14:31.190 --> 00:14:34.000
  • TO PARADISE, THE PRESENCE OF GOD,
  • 00:14:34.010 --> 00:14:36.250
  • "AND THE RICH MAN ALSO DIED AND WAS BURIED. AND IN HADES..."
  • 00:14:36.260 --> 00:14:42.040
  • THAT IS THE TEMPORARY DWELLING PLACE OF THE WICKED - HELL,
  • 00:14:42.050 --> 00:14:45.130
  • "HE LIFTED UP HIS EYES, BEING IN TORMENT."
  • 00:14:45.140 --> 00:14:49.090
  • NOW NOTICE HERE TWO MEN, BOTH DIED, DIFFERENT DESTINIES.
  • 00:14:49.100 --> 00:14:55.210
  • AND THAT LEADS TO THE SECOND TRUTH
  • 00:14:55.220 --> 00:14:57.080
  • THE BIBLE TEACHES US ABOUT ETERNITY.
  • 00:14:57.090 --> 00:14:59.060
  • AND THAT IS THE REALITY OF HELL.
  • 00:14:59.070 --> 00:15:01.280
  • JESUS TAUGHT CLEARLY ABOUT THE REALITY OF HELL.
  • 00:15:01.290 --> 00:15:07.080
  • OF THE 1.850 VERSES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT THAT RECORD
  • 00:15:07.090 --> 00:15:10.260
  • THE WORDS OF JESUS - 13% OF THEM TALK ABOUT HELL
  • 00:15:10.270 --> 00:15:14.130
  • OR GOD'S COMING JUDGMENT.
  • 00:15:14.140 --> 00:15:16.090
  • IN FACT, WHEN YOU CATALOGUE THE WORDS OF JESUS -
  • 00:15:16.100 --> 00:15:19.080
  • JESUS SPOKE MORE OFTEN ABOUT HELL THAN HE DID ABOUT HEAVEN.
  • 00:15:19.090 --> 00:15:24.030
  • JESUS BELIEVED THAT HELL WAS A REALITY.
  • 00:15:24.040 --> 00:15:26.140
  • IN FACT, JESUS TOLD US FOUR THINGS ABOUT HELL FIRST OF
  • 00:15:26.150 --> 00:15:29.100
  • ALL, JESUS TAUGHT THAT HELL IS AN ACTUAL LOCATION.
  • 00:15:29.110 --> 00:15:34.010
  • HELL IS AN ACTUAL LOCATION.
  • 00:15:34.020 --> 00:15:36.070
  • IT'S INCREASINGLY POPULAR BY SOME,
  • 00:15:36.080 --> 00:15:38.070
  • EVEN SOME CHRISTIANS TO CLAIM THAT HELL
  • 00:15:38.080 --> 00:15:41.060
  • IS SIMPLY A STATE OF MIND.
  • 00:15:41.070 --> 00:15:43.170
  • BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT JESUS TAUGHT.
  • 00:15:43.180 --> 00:15:45.130
  • JESUS TAUGHT THERE WERE TWO LITERAL LOCATIONS FOR THE
  • 00:15:45.140 --> 00:15:48.160
  • SAVED AND FOR THE UNSAVED.
  • 00:15:48.170 --> 00:15:50.180
  • IN MATTHEW 25:46 JESUS SAID,
  • 00:15:50.190 --> 00:15:53.230
  • "THESE WILL GO AWAY INTO ETERNAL PUNISHMENT,
  • 00:15:53.240 --> 00:15:57.170
  • BUT THE RIGHTEOUS INTO ETERNAL LIFE."
  • 00:15:57.180 --> 00:16:01.070
  • HELL IS JUST AS REAL OF A LOCATION AS HEAVEN IS.
  • 00:16:01.080 --> 00:16:06.070
  • SECONDLY, JESUS TAUGHT THAT HELL IS A PLACE
  • 00:16:06.080 --> 00:16:08.250
  • OF INDESCRIBABLE AND ETERNAL TORMENT.
  • 00:16:08.260 --> 00:16:13.180
  • IT IS A PLACE OF INDESCRIBABLE AND ETERNAL TORMENT.
  • 00:16:13.190 --> 00:16:18.150
  • LOOK AT HOW JESUS DESCRIBED THE PHYSICAL PAIN OF THIS RICH
  • 00:16:18.160 --> 00:16:21.230
  • MAN WHO ENDED UP IN HADES.
  • 00:16:21.240 --> 00:16:23.290
  • LUKE 16:24, "AND THE RICH MAN CRIED OUT,
  • 00:16:24.000 --> 00:16:27.220
  • 'FATHER ABRAHAM, HAVE MERCY ON ME,
  • 00:16:27.230 --> 00:16:30.130
  • AND SEND LAZARUS SO THAT HE MAY DIP THE TIP OF HIS FINGER
  • 00:16:30.140 --> 00:16:33.160
  • IN WATER AND COOL OFF MY TONGUE,
  • 00:16:33.170 --> 00:16:35.290
  • FOR I AM IN AGONY IN THIS FLAME.'"
  • 00:16:36.000 --> 00:16:39.180
  • JESUS OFTEN USED THE IMAGERY OF FIRE AND BRIMSTONE
  • 00:16:39.190 --> 00:16:44.000
  • TO DESCRIBE THE PHYSICAL AGONY OF HELL.
  • 00:16:44.010 --> 00:16:46.280
  • IN MARK 9:48, JESUS DESCRIBED HELL AS A PLACE WHERE THE WORM
  • 00:16:46.290 --> 00:16:51.030
  • DOES NOT DIE, AND THE FIRE IS NOT QUENCHED.
  • 00:16:51.040 --> 00:16:56.010
  • SO TERRIBLE, SO HORRIFIC IS THE SUFFERING IN THIS PLACE
  • 00:16:56.020 --> 00:16:59.200
  • CALLED HELL THAT JESUS DESCRIBED THE REACTION OF THE
  • 00:16:59.210 --> 00:17:02.240
  • OCCUPANTS OF HELL THIS WAY IN MATTHEW 22:13,
  • 00:17:02.250 --> 00:17:06.240
  • "THEN THE KING SAID TO THE SERVANTS,
  • 00:17:06.250 --> 00:17:08.130
  • 'BIND HIM HAND AND FOOT, AND THROW HIM INTO THE OUTER
  • 00:17:08.140 --> 00:17:11.190
  • DARKNESS; IN THAT PLACE THERE WILL BE WEEPING
  • 00:17:11.200 --> 00:17:15.220
  • AND GNASHING OF TEETH.'"
  • 00:17:15.230 --> 00:17:18.270
  • ALL THAT OCCUPANTS OF HELL CAN DO IN THE MIDST OF THIS
  • 00:17:18.280 --> 00:17:21.120
  • TERRIBLE PAIN WILL BE TO CRY CONTINUOUSLY,
  • 00:17:21.130 --> 00:17:25.090
  • TO GRIND THEIR TEETH.
  • 00:17:25.100 --> 00:17:27.210
  • NOW, SOME PEOPLE, AGAIN CHRISTIANS,
  • 00:17:27.220 --> 00:17:29.280
  • CAN'T BELIEVE THAT GOD WOULD ACTUALLY TORMENT
  • 00:17:29.290 --> 00:17:32.150
  • UNBELIEVERS DAY AND NIGHT FOREVER AND EVER,
  • 00:17:32.160 --> 00:17:34.270
  • SO THEY'VE ADOPTED A VIEW CALLED
  • 00:17:34.280 --> 00:17:36.180
  • "ANNIHILATIONISM."
  • 00:17:36.190 --> 00:17:38.050
  • NOW, ANNIHILATIONISM SAYS, NOW THOSE
  • 00:17:38.060 --> 00:17:40.180
  • OF US WHO ARE CHRISTIANS, WE'RE GOING
  • 00:17:40.190 --> 00:17:41.240
  • TO SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN, BUT UNBELIEVERS
  • 00:17:41.250 --> 00:17:44.180
  • ARE GOING TO BE CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE
  • 00:17:44.190 --> 00:17:46.060
  • AND THEY WILL BE DESTROYED THERE INSTANTANEOUSLY.
  • 00:17:46.070 --> 00:17:49.140
  • THEY'RE NOT GOING TO SUFFER FOREVER AND EVER,
  • 00:17:49.150 --> 00:17:51.000
  • THAT'S TOO TERRIBLE TO COMPREHEND;
  • 00:17:51.010 --> 00:17:53.100
  • INSTEAD THEY WILL JUST LAND IN THE LAKE OF
  • 00:17:53.110 --> 00:17:55.150
  • FIRE AND BE BURNED UP AND DESTROYED.
  • 00:17:55.160 --> 00:17:58.190
  • BUT AGAIN, IF YOU FOLLOW THE TEACHING OF JESUS -
  • 00:17:58.200 --> 00:18:00.200
  • JESUS DOESN'T GIVE US THAT OPTION.
  • 00:18:00.210 --> 00:18:03.230
  • AGAIN, GO BACK IN MATTHEW 25:46, JESUS SAID,
  • 00:18:03.240 --> 00:18:07.250
  • "THESE WILL GO AWAY INTO ETERNAL PUNISHMENT,
  • 00:18:07.260 --> 00:18:12.130
  • BUT THE RIGHTEOUS INTO ETERNAL LIFE."
  • 00:18:12.140 --> 00:18:17.010
  • NOW, NOTICE WHAT JESUS IS DOING.
  • 00:18:17.020 --> 00:18:18.110
  • HE'S COMPARING ETERNAL PUNISHMENT WITH ETERNAL LIFE -
  • 00:18:18.120 --> 00:18:21.150
  • HELL WITH HEAVEN.
  • 00:18:21.160 --> 00:18:23.140
  • SO, IF YOU SHORTEN THE DURATION OF HELL BY ANY AMOUNT
  • 00:18:23.150 --> 00:18:28.080
  • AT ALL, TO BE INTELLECTUALLY HONEST YOU HAVE TO SHORTEN THE
  • 00:18:28.090 --> 00:18:31.240
  • DURATION OF HEAVEN AS WELL, BY THAT SAME AMOUNT.
  • 00:18:31.250 --> 00:18:36.030
  • IF AN UNBELIEVER SPENDS ONE LESS MINUTE IN HELL THAN
  • 00:18:36.040 --> 00:18:40.110
  • ETERNITY, THEN BELIEVERS LIKE YOU AND I ARE GOING TO SPEND
  • 00:18:40.120 --> 00:18:45.010
  • THE SAME AMOUNT LESS TIME IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:18:45.020 --> 00:18:48.110
  • NO, JESUS SAID THE TIME UNBELIEVERS WILL SPEND
  • 00:18:48.120 --> 00:18:51.140
  • IN HELL IS ETERNAL; IT IS ETERNAL -
  • 00:18:51.150 --> 00:18:54.140
  • EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT JUST AS THOSE OF US WHO HAVE TRUSTED
  • 00:18:54.150 --> 00:18:57.210
  • IN CHRIST WILL SPEND ETERNITY IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:18:57.220 --> 00:19:01.210
  • NUMBER THREE, JESUS TAUGHT THAT HELL WILL CONTAIN
  • 00:19:01.220 --> 00:19:05.180
  • THE MAJORITY OF HUMANITY.
  • 00:19:05.190 --> 00:19:08.020
  • HELL WILL CONTAIN THE MAJORITY OF HUMANITY.
  • 00:19:08.030 --> 00:19:10.280
  • IT'S INTERESTING THE POLLS REVEAL THAT THE MAJORITY OF
  • 00:19:10.290 --> 00:19:13.220
  • AMERICANS DO BELIEVE IN A PLACE CALLED HELL.
  • 00:19:13.230 --> 00:19:15.240
  • DID YOU KNOW THAT?
  • 00:19:15.250 --> 00:19:17.030
  • THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS DO BELIEVE IN HELL,
  • 00:19:17.040 --> 00:19:19.100
  • BUT ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE BELIEVE
  • 00:19:19.110 --> 00:19:21.250
  • THEY WILL BE IN HELL.
  • 00:19:21.260 --> 00:19:23.260
  • JESUS WAS VERY CLEAR IN THIS TEACHING.
  • 00:19:23.270 --> 00:19:26.000
  • NOT ONLY DID HE TEACH THAT HELL WAS AN ACTUAL LOCATION,
  • 00:19:26.010 --> 00:19:28.220
  • HE SAID THE MAJORITY OF HUMANITY WILL SPEND ETERNITY THERE.
  • 00:19:28.230 --> 00:19:32.130
  • AGAIN, GO BACK TO MATTHEW 7:13-14, JESUS SAID,
  • 00:19:32.140 --> 00:19:36.150
  • "ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE;
  • 00:19:36.160 --> 00:19:38.250
  • FOR THE GATE IS WIDE AND THE WAY IS BROAD THAT LEADS TO
  • 00:19:38.260 --> 00:19:42.030
  • DESTRUCTION, AND MANY ARE THOSE WHO ENTER THROUGH IT.
  • 00:19:42.040 --> 00:19:45.240
  • BUT THE GATE IS SMALL AND THE WAY IS NARROW THAT
  • 00:19:45.250 --> 00:19:48.090
  • LEADS TO LIFE, AND FEW ARE THOSE WHO FIND IT."
  • 00:19:48.100 --> 00:19:52.090
  • AND FURTHERMORE, JESUS WENT ON TO SAY THAT HELL
  • 00:19:52.100 --> 00:19:54.240
  • IS NOT JUST GOING TO BE POPULATED BY THE MURDERERS,
  • 00:19:54.250 --> 00:19:57.190
  • THE RAPISTS, AND THE DRUG DEALERS.
  • 00:19:57.200 --> 00:20:00.050
  • JESUS TAUGHT THAT ON THIS BROAD WAY THAT
  • 00:20:00.060 --> 00:20:02.290
  • LEADS TO HELL ARE MANY GOOD, RELIGIOUS PEOPLE,
  • 00:20:03.000 --> 00:20:09.000
  • EVEN PEOPLE WHO PROFESS TO BE CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:20:09.010 --> 00:20:12.050
  • DON'T YOU FIND THAT HARD TO BELIEVE?
  • 00:20:12.060 --> 00:20:13.150
  • NOW BE HONEST.
  • 00:20:13.160 --> 00:20:14.240
  • ISN'T IT HARD FOR YOU TO ACCEPT THAT ONLY
  • 00:20:14.250 --> 00:20:18.020
  • A SLIVER OF HUMANITY WILL MAKE IT TO HEAVEN
  • 00:20:18.030 --> 00:20:20.180
  • AND THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WILL BE
  • 00:20:20.190 --> 00:20:22.210
  • CONSIGNED TO ETERNAL TORMENT ALL BECAUSE
  • 00:20:22.220 --> 00:20:26.230
  • THEY HAVEN'T EMBRACED CHRISTIANITY?
  • 00:20:26.240 --> 00:20:30.010
  • WHY DO WE STRUGGLE WITH THAT IDEA?
  • 00:20:30.020 --> 00:20:32.070
  • I THINK THERE ARE TWO REASONS.
  • 00:20:32.080 --> 00:20:33.070
  • FIRST OF ALL, IT'S BECAUSE WE HAVE A
  • 00:20:33.080 --> 00:20:35.000
  • LOW VIEW OF GOD.
  • 00:20:35.010 --> 00:20:36.270
  • WE WANT TO SAY: GOD IS JUST AS TOLERANT
  • 00:20:36.280 --> 00:20:39.100
  • OF SIN AS WE ARE, BUT WHAT I WANT TO
  • 00:20:39.110 --> 00:20:41.080
  • SUGGEST TO YOU IS THE REASON YOU AND I
  • 00:20:41.090 --> 00:20:43.160
  • CAN OVERLOOK SIN IN OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES
  • 00:20:43.170 --> 00:20:47.070
  • AND IN OUR OWN LIVES IS NOT A SIGN OF OUR GOD
  • 00:20:47.080 --> 00:20:52.000
  • -LIKENESS - IT'S A SIGN OF HOW UNLIKE GOD WE
  • 00:20:52.010 --> 00:20:55.220
  • REALLY ARE, THE REASON WE STRUGGLE WITH THIS
  • 00:20:55.230 --> 00:20:58.290
  • IDEA THAT SO MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE
  • 00:20:59.000 --> 00:21:01.030
  • IN HELL IS WE REALLY HAVE A LOW VIEW OF GOD,
  • 00:21:01.040 --> 00:21:03.260
  • BUT COUPLED WITH OUR LOW VIEW OF GOD
  • 00:21:03.270 --> 00:21:05.140
  • MOST OF US EMBRACE A HIGH VIEW OF OURSELVES.
  • 00:21:05.150 --> 00:21:09.060
  • WE DON'T COMPARE OURSELVES TO PRIESTS
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  • AND THE NUNS, WE ALWAYS CHOOSE THE MURDERERS,
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  • THE RAPIST, AND THE DRUG DEALER.
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  • AND SO, RELATIVELY, WE THINK WE'RE
  • 00:21:14.280 --> 00:21:16.250
  • PRETTY GOOD PEOPLE.
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  • BUT YOU SEE, THE MEASUREMENT THAT GOD
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  • USES IS NOT OTHER PEOPLE - IT'S HIMSELF.
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  • GOD COMPARES OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS TO HIS
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  • PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND BY THAT STANDARD
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  • WE ALL COME WOEFULLY SHORT.
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  • UNBELIEVERS WILL SPEND ETERNITY IN HELL
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  • NOT BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT GOOD,
  • 00:21:37.180 --> 00:21:39.210
  • BUT BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH.
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  • THERE'S A FOURTH TRUTH JESUS TAUGHT ABOUT HELL AND THAT IS
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  • JESUS TAUGHT THAT HELL IS A FOREVER DESTINATION.
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  • SOME PEOPLE HAVE THEORIZED THAT THOSE PEOPLE WHO FIND
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  • THEMSELVES IN HELL WILL ONE DAY BE WON OVER BY THE LOVE OF
  • 00:21:53.150 --> 00:21:57.040
  • GOD AND WILL BE TRANSPORTED INTO HEAVEN.
  • 00:21:57.050 --> 00:22:00.130
  • NOW, THE PROBLEM WITH SUCH A BELIEF IS,
  • 00:22:00.140 --> 00:22:03.020
  • AGAIN, AS NICE AS IT SOUNDS IT COMPLETELY CONTRADICTS THE
  • 00:22:03.030 --> 00:22:08.070
  • TEACHING OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:22:08.080 --> 00:22:10.240
  • WHAT DID JESUS SAY ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF REPENTANCE
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  • AFTER WE DIE?
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  • JESUS TAUGHT THAT HELL IS A FOREVER,
  • 00:22:16.030 --> 00:22:19.050
  • FIXED DESTINATION.
  • 00:22:19.060 --> 00:22:21.040
  • GO BACK TO LUKE 16, THE STORY OF THE RICH MAN WHO DIED AND
  • 00:22:21.050 --> 00:22:25.090
  • ENDED UP IN HELL.
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  • HE BEGS TO ABRAHAM: ABRAHAM, GIVE ME RELIEF FOR I AM IN
  • 00:22:26.130 --> 00:22:30.190
  • AGONY IN THIS FLAME.
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  • ABRAHAM SAYS HE'S UNABLE TO DO SO,
  • 00:22:32.240 --> 00:22:34.150
  • AND THEN THE RICH MAN CRIES OUT: WELL,
  • 00:22:34.160 --> 00:22:36.090
  • IF YOU CAN'T HELP ME PLEASE SEND SOMEONE BACK TO EARTH TO
  • 00:22:36.100 --> 00:22:41.020
  • WARN MY SIBLINGS, MY BROTHERS ABOUT THE AWFUL FATE
  • 00:22:41.030 --> 00:22:45.070
  • THAT AWAITS THEM.
  • 00:22:45.080 --> 00:22:46.260
  • NOTICE ABRAHAM'S RESPONSE IN LUKE 16:26,
  • 00:22:46.270 --> 00:22:50.160
  • HE SAYS IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO DO THAT.
  • 00:22:50.170 --> 00:22:52.200
  • HE SAID, "AND BESIDES ALL OF THIS,
  • 00:22:52.210 --> 00:22:54.020
  • BETWEEN US AND YOU THERE IS A GREAT CHASM THAT IS FIXED,
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  • SO THAT THOSE WHO WISH TO COME OVER FROM HERE TO YOU WILL NOT
  • 00:22:58.290 --> 00:23:02.150
  • BE ABLE, AND THAT NONE MAY CROSS OVER FROM THERE TO US."
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  • HEAR WHAT JESUS IS SAYING: BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL THERE
  • 00:23:08.020 --> 00:23:10.290
  • IS A GREAT CHASM, A GREAT GULF THAT IS FIXED.
  • 00:23:11.000 --> 00:23:15.030
  • AND JUST AS IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE IN HEAVEN TO GO TO
  • 00:23:15.040 --> 00:23:19.030
  • HELL IT IS EQUALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANYONE IN HELL TO CROSS
  • 00:23:19.040 --> 00:23:24.200
  • THAT GULF AND GO TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:23:24.210 --> 00:23:27.130
  • THERE IS A GULF BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL THAT CANNOT BE CROSSED.
  • 00:23:27.140 --> 00:23:33.100
  • BUT PASTOR, WHAT IF SOMEBODY IN HELL FINALLY BOWS DOWN
  • 00:23:33.110 --> 00:23:38.220
  • BEFORE GOD, GETS ON HIS KNEES, AND SAID:
  • 00:23:38.230 --> 00:23:40.260
  • JESUS, I KNOW I'M A SINNER, I BELIEVE,
  • 00:23:40.270 --> 00:23:45.000
  • I BELIEVE JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU.
  • 00:23:45.010 --> 00:23:49.040
  • JESUS SAID: IT'S TOO LATE.
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  • FOR YOU SEE, IN HELL, EVERYONE'S A BELIEVER.
  • 00:23:53.110 --> 00:23:58.210
  • 00:23:58.220 --> 00:24:04.140
  • ROMANS 6:23 SAYS THAT "THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH."
  • 00:24:04.150 --> 00:24:09.200
  • BUT GRACIOUSLY, GOD HAS OFFERED A WAY FOR US TO
  • 00:24:09.210 --> 00:24:12.120
  • RECONCILE THE RELATIONSHIP THAT WAS BROKEN BY SIN AND
  • 00:24:12.130 --> 00:24:16.160
  • SPEND ETERNITY WITH HIM IN HEAVEN.
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