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Judgment Day (8 of 10)
Series: Eternal Matters
Introduction: April 15! It's just a date on the calendar. But April 15 is different than February 15 or May 15. When you hear the date April 15, most think of Tax Day. But not everyone reacts the same way especially when its gets to about the first of April. Some of you might just yawn. "Ho hum! Just another day!" If you're already prepared or if you're actually expecting a refund, you can relax. You might even look forward to the deadline. You're closer to receiving your refund!
I suspect there are similarities between the way most of us feel about April 15 and the way we think about Judgment Day. That's our topic today as I continue an examination of Issues of Eternity. How you look at Judgment Day depends on whether you are prepared or not and the outcome you anticipate. Let's read the Bible's depiction of the Final Judgment. This text is at least partly poetic and symbolic, but it is also describing something very, very real. The Bible tells us, "man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment." [Revelation 20:11-15]
Before I go any further, I need to explain something that most of us would hope needs no explaining. Sadly, it does! I don't know for sure where my generation went wrong. But I know this. We are leaving our children a much different world than the one we grew up in. And most of the differences aren't good! Particularly in the areas of morals and ethics! Our society is in the midst of a huge moral conflict right now. It is growing more intense every day.
Let me put this as clearly as I know how. Sin is real, so is right and wrong. Certain behaviors are wrong; other behaviors are right. Some things are a matter of opinion, but not everything. Some issues are determined by political debate, but not everything is political. Some behaviors are ruled wrong by society or by custom and culture. But not everything is j ...
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