The Bible is not user friendly for people looking to feel good about life. Life sucks. It truly does, but life is precious. First there is never a situation that God will allow you to be in that you cannot handle. Ever. Second I have learned to love my life even when I am currently being bombarded by drama no one should “have” to go through or “deserve.” I don’t deserve salvation either but I have it. Life is not an entitlement program. If you are breathing, enjoy it. You are guaranteed one life but never guaranteed tomorrow. The Bible describes the only deity worshipped by man that gave cause and effect for any given situation and describes only two possible outcomes for the hereafter. There is only one way into heaven and only one way into hell. And it’s not about what you do or how good you are because you are not perfect and you can never make up for your sin or live a life that reaches God’s standard. And ignorance is never an excuse. I did not condemn you by writing this if you’re reading as a nonbeliever right now. You are already condemned and judgment is only to show you why you are after you die. Be grateful God is kind enough to do that. The purpose of the Bible and the gospel is to show you that you can go to heaven not based on what you do. But based on what He did!!! Christ is the only way into heaven. Rejecting Christ is the only way into hell. The only unforgiveable sin is blaspheming the Holy Spirit. And you have opportunities to accept Him no matter how bad you think you are, He takes all that away.
You can trust the Bible. If you are unsure of the translation you can read John 3:16:
For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
There are other translations that will take away from that message and it will be like nails scraping on a blackboard when you find them. I throw them out entirely and I don’t find them worth mentioning in here.
Explain the verse, be the verse, give me your words and I will (shoot ran out of ice cream 😦 ):
4We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done. 5He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which He commanded our forefathers to teach their children, 6so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. 7Thenthey would put their trust in God and would not forget His deeds but would keep His commands. 8They would not be like their forefathers– a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to Him.
8On that day tell your son, ‘I do this because of what the Lord did for Me when I came out of Egypt.’
14“In the days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
20In the future, when your son asks you, “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees, and laws of the Lord our God has commanded you?” 21tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand.
7Remember the days of old; consider generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.
18what wise men have declared, hiding nothing received from their fathers
31They will proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn– for He has done it.
Imagine a generation that knew not God. Look at the lawlessness now. If you don’t know God now, look at your own life. What gives it meaning? Can you take it with you when you die? Are you told you have to start all over? In the Old Testament, children were the salvation. If families brought up Godly men then favor from God was in their home. They were blessed with property and riches and it may not be much by our today’s standards, but Godly men went from slaves to kings. You will see why there is a difference in the New Testament and the new promise for not just a few but for ALL who turn their lives to God.