The SHEPHERD | Danilo Q. Junco
I’m prompted to write this column as several of my colleagues in the media died one after another and many of their living loved ones don’t really know where their souls and spirits go as they are asking for prayers of their departed corpses.
Not that I’m expert on this subject matter but only to share what Lord Jesus has taught with regard to the dead people based on His Word the Bible.
Jesus said there are only two places that a man after he dies should go either to Paradise (Heaven) or Hades (Hell).
A man’s chances to go to Heaven when he is still alive and accept Jesus’ offer of forgiveness by repenting of his sins or rebellion against God and receive Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord.
Salvation is absolutely God’s work and it is free and man should have nothing to do for him to be saved from damnation in hell as Jesus, God in the Second Person in the Godhead and Son of God, took all the punishment of sins and rebellions of all the people of the world on His death on the cross of Calvary.
Man cannot be saved by doing good works as he is still in sin as God’s requirement to be righteous is hundred percent.
Nobody can attain perfection or being holy except the God-man Jesus and this is the reason why He came here on earth through incarnation, death and resurrection because man is lost and his destination will be in hell if sin remains on him.
It is only by the grace of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that a man can be saved as simple as that not religion or philosophy or anything else but only through the atoning death of the Lord Jesus.
His sinless blood is only accepted by God the Father as His requirement where man can be righteous before Him.
Not Jesus as presented by religious groups but the true Jesus of the Bible as these groups are misrepresenting Him to another Jesus.
There is no need to pray for our departed loved ones as many religious leaders have taught this thing which is an abomination to God praying for the dead in the hope that his or her soul and spirit may jump up to Heaven if they are in Hades.
This is what is called in the Bible “necromancer” talking or praying to the dead and God prohibited this practice as this is the reason why God has commanded the Jewish people to kill all the inhabitants of the seven nations in Canaan and this is genocide.
Because this is one of the sins committed by the people of the seven nations in addition to worshiping demons or Satan, involving witchcraft, divination, sorcery, among others.
Religion or anybody cannot save us; only the Lord Jesus of the Bible can justify us or declare not guilty, reckoned as righteous or acquitted on the basis of Christ’s death and resurrection.
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