March 2, 2014

Nations That Forget God – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God.” (Psalm 9:17, NKJV)

The subject of hell, or “sheol” (NASV), is typically ignored today, even by “evangelicals”, who claim to believe that the Bible is the Word of God. This is especially obvious at funerals. Heaven is the only destination ever mentioned. Of course, almost everyone attending a funeral wants to think that the deceased has gone there (assuming there turns out to be such a place) and “everybody” must be pleased. How terribly rude, narrow-minded and bigoted, is any suggestion that there is a possibility even the worst criminals or the most anti-God celebrities, might have gone to Hell. “Get that person some sensitivity training quick.” Such attitudes serve Satan well.

Not only is Hell real, there will be many more people in Hell than in Heaven. Who am I to say such a thing? Nobody. My opinion and yours is immaterial. However, the Lord Jesus Christ is somebody. He is the Creator of all that is. (John 1:1-3) He has taken away all reasonable speculation on the matter.

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who

enter through it.  “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

But just who are the “wicked” that will be “turned into hell”? According to the Bible, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;” (Romans 3:10) By the principle of Hebrew poetic parallelism, our text indicates that “the wicked” are those who “forget God,” where the word “forget” means “forgetting to mention, ceasing to care for…” (BDAG).

Can nations “cease to care for” the God of creation. Do businesses and legislatures conduct all their affairs as though God has not spoken? If so, those nations, and citizens of those nations who practice such wickedness, are in physical and mortal danger.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

“You have removed all the wicked of the earth like dross;…” (Psalm 119:119)

“I overthrew you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,… (Amos 4:11)

Sin may not seem so bad to us, but God is absolutely righteous and holy, therefore, cannot tolerate sin. We should be able to understand that this intolerable sin separates us from a righteous and holy God.

“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)

In God’s righteous view, justice demands punishment for sin. Fortunately for us, God is also merciful. This does not mean He can ignore the problem. He is absolutely righteous. His justice must be satisfied. Our merciful God was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, the pure lamb, His own son. “…Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)  God’s mercy provides forgiveness of our sin when we submit to His will, believe in His Son, repent of our sins and are baptized into Christ.

Nations that turn back to God will also receive His mercy.

“Return, O faithless sons, I will heal your faithlessness.”… (Jeremiah 3:22)

“Therefore, return to your God, Observe kindness and justice, And wait for your God continually.” (Hosea 12:6)

“Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:7)

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris.

 

 

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