There is a show called " Who wants to be a Millionaire?" Today June 10, on that show, a woman from the audience at the end of the show was asked a question that would give her $1000 if she guessed the correct answer.
The question was this -
What should you do on World Youth Day to shorten your time in " purgatory "?
Among the 4 multiple choice answers was -
" Follow the Pope on twitter that day "
She correctly chose this answer and won the $1000.
According to them, she not only won a $1000, she will be able to shorten her stay in " purgatory "!
Just as Jesus admitted there will be greater and lesser people in Heaven and also declared that " many " who are presently in this earthly life who are considered to be " first ", will be " last " in Heaven and those who are considered " last " in this present life will be " first " in Heaven, likewise, Jesus admitted there will be people who will suffer worse in eternal hell than others will. According to the Holy Bible Jesus died to pay the price for everyone's sin but what He did on the cross only applies to those who put their inner faith in Him and who choose to believe Jesus is God's only begotten Son whom He sent to the cross to die for all mankind. If someone believes in Jesus as God's only begotten Son, then he or she is redeemed from eternal hell and has been forgiven. However, if a person does not believe in Jesus and dies, he or she will go to eternal hell and suffer for the life he or she lived on this planet. If they had chosen to believe in Jesus as God's only begotten Son then they could have been free from paying the price of their own sins...since Jesus paid the price. Now, since they chose not to believe in Jesus as God's only begotten Son, when they physically die, they will go to hell eternally and suffer for the sins they committed. Obviously, there are worse sinners than others and all who reject God's only begotten Son Jesus will have to pay the price eternally in hell for what they did. Interesting enough, Jesus said that even Sodom and Gomorrah will suffer less punishment than those who have heard the gospel and did not repent and believe the gospel. I've always said that a smart mouth who thinks he or she is smarter than God or anyone else will someday encounter a demon who is far more smarter than he or she could ever fantasize of being and will have to put up with this demon everyday for all eternity as part of their punishment for sin, in which they could have avoided had they repented in this earthly life and believed in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son.
Jesus admitted that there are greater and lesser people in Heaven.
Have you ever wondered why or how this can be if we are all perfect in Christ, washed in His blood and made whiter than snow, forgiven, adopted, joint heirs with Christ and justified?
Paul said if a born again christian's works are consumed in the fiery test he or she will actually experience torment and grief as the result but however will still be saved...but only as a person barely escaping flames of fire.
Have you ever wondered why a follower of Jesus would receive no reward in Heaven and would experience torment and grief in Heaven, of all places?
Jesus warned - “ Let no man take your crown “.
If this was not possible then Jesus was blowing hot air in saying this...which I sincerely doubt.
Since we are saved by grace through faith and not of works then this is the reason God allows us into Heaven and allows us to stay in Heaven even if our works fail the test and we receive no reward.
This is what grace is all about...not rewards.
Entrance into Heaven has to do with God's grace while rewards has to do with what we do to earn them.
Even then, receiving rewards has to do with motive.
It is not important as to what we do for Jesus as to why we do it.
Was it to exalt us or Him or was it to gain favor from the public?
He knows our heart and will rightly judge us...whether we accept this Biblical truth or not.
Born again christians who fail the judgment are obviously born again christians who did not love Jesus more than this life nor did they love Jesus more than they love themselves.
A Bible teacher once saved - “ I would hate to spend eternity with someone I did not love. “
Imagine seeing the Lord Jesus Christ standing in front of you. The Lord Jesus who is God and became a human being, died for you, forgave you for all your sins, and accepted you into Heaven to be with Him for all eternity simply because you believe in Him! Wow!!
" Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. "