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From Ed Healy... Seven Things to Consider!




Seven Things to Consider!
 
In my studies I have noticed that there are many different approaches to the scriptures, religion, faith, etc. People have different principles they understand to be true and thus have different foundations upon which their faith system is built.

Sometimes people claim or seem to have great knowledge about the Scriptures. They may be able to discuss all the historical data about the Christian Faith. They may have skills in the original languages, be able to divide all the words and phrases into proper formation according to proper rules.

However, I have observed also that this wonderful ability can become an obstacle to understanding the message intended by the author. There are some simple facts that are true. I believe that anyone can understand the message of the Bible and, with that understanding, have hope in facing all of life's ups and downs.
  1. There is a creator who is God in heaven.
     
  2. This God has three persons manifested to the creation as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
     
  3. God revealed Himself through divine revelation.
     
  4. This revelation came by the Holy Spirit to mankind through the prophets who were to proclaim the word of God.
     
  5. The purpose of this revelation was to inform mankind about the wisdom of God.
     
  6. The goal of this wisdom is to generate faith, and this faith is what gives hope of eternal life.
     
  7. The message is clear, simple, understandable and yet profound. To those who will believe, it gives birth to eternal life. But, to those who will not believe….

Some questions each person must consider:

Where is the source of real truth?

What will we put our faith in?

When will we begin?

From Jim McGuiggan... Why Does Faith Save?


Why Does Faith Save?

Faith doesn't save in the same way God saves. God alone is the saviour and faith is the instrumental means by which his salvation comes to us. Faith is the work of God (Philippians 1:29 and elsewhere) but it is personal to the individual. That is, the sinner's faith is the sinner's faith and not God's. It is the sinner who does the trusting and submitting that result in salvation. However many instruments God uses in bringing the sinner to saving faith it is the sinner who does the believing and the trusting and the obeying. The sinner will not take the credit for any of this as if he had virtue enough to respond to God without God giving him aid. Just the same, when God has completed his holy loving work the sinner has freely given himself to God. In short, God doesn't coerce the sinner and the sinner by God's grace is personally involved in the process of his salvation. The sinner places his faith in God who saves him.

Faith saves the sinner because it is a confession that he cannot deal with his sin problem and must wholly rely on God to bring reconciliation and life. Faith points away from the sinner and points to God the saviour. Ask the believer, "Who saved you?" and because he has faith he points away from himself to someone else!

Faith saves the sinner because it rests on the work of reconciliation that God accomplished in the Christ who went to the cross to bear our sins. Faith says that the sin problem was not dealt with by his own goodness, much or little, but by God who reconciled the world to himself in Jesus Christ. So faith not only confesses a total reliance on God to forgive and save, it confesses a total reliance on the God who bore the sins of the world on the cross. In resting on that God and that work the sinner doesn't have to (and does't want to) rest on his own virtue or obedience or his own faith. This is what faith confesses and that is why it saves.

Faith saves the sinner because faith gives God the homage that is due to him. Sinners need to understand that God doesn't call people "righteous" when they are impenitent in their evil. They also need to understand that God cannot fellowship those who insist on living in darkness and being darkness (Ephesians 5:8-9). If a person is in fellowship with God he must be righteous. But how does he stand righteous before God? In and only in Jesus Christ. Yes but how does the sinner gain that righteousness that is found only in Jesus Christ? He gains it by faith. Without faith he doesn't gain that righteousness which is found in Christ alone. But why is it that faith gains that righteousness that enables the sinner to live in fellowship with God? Because faith embraces all that Jesus is and stands for and offers that (him) to God.

Faith approves of Christ who has come on God's behalf to reveal his holiness and the nature of the sinner's offence. Faith approves of Christ who came on God's behalf to reveal that in him is no darkness at all. Faith willingly and gladly embraces Christ who stands as humanity's representative and offers to God the homage due him. In doing this faith offers God his own heart in regard to righteousness and holiness. Christ becomes the wisdom and righteousness and power of God to the one who has faith (1 Corinthians 1:24, 30). This only faith can do and faith can do this only because it claims Christ as all truth and all righteousness. Faith, in doing this and being this, transforms the sinner's heart from one that belongs to an impenitent rebel to one that belongs to a grateful and reconciled child of a Holy Father. The prodigal has come home not because the pig-pen was miserable, not because his latent righteousness came to the surface but because the nature and person of his father created in him the holy longing for his fellowship.

Faith says "Amen" to God's judgement against sin as it is revealed in Jesus Christ on the cross. A heart of faith has Christ at its centre and a heart that has Christ at its centre has God at its centre. A heart like that is reconciled to God (in and by Jesus Christ through faith). By faith in Jesus Christ the sinner is no longer a rebellious enemy who delights in holding God in contempt. Since he has a heart like God's heart in and through Jesus Christ by faith he is truly righteous. That's how and why faith saves--it reconciles us to God by realigning our hearts with God in and through Jesus Christ.

I think the above is accurate but I feel the need to make an additional remark. It's right to say that faith reconciles us to God--and we should. But the truth about faith is even richer than that. Faith not only reconciles us to God, it is reconciliation with God. It isn't only the way to reconciliation with God it is the mark and proof of reconciliation with God. Faith = a transformed heart.

Ezekiel’s Vision: An Alien UFO? by Kyle Butt, M.A.

http://apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=11&article=1061

Ezekiel’s Vision: An Alien UFO?

by  Kyle Butt, M.A.

“I saw it with my own two eyes,” the farmer excitedly explained to the reporter. “As I was feeding the chickens, a huge, saucer-shaped object hovered over my house. A bright light beamed down through my barn, and before I knew what was happening, I saw Bessie, my best milk cow being pulled through the air toward the ship. In seconds, the ship whirred away with Bessie. Don’t know why those aliens would want my best cow!”
Does this scenario sound vaguely familiar? Hundreds of UFO sightings, alien abduction stories, and supposed communication with extraterrestrial life forms have been reported across the globe. From the various outlandish claims, not a single shred of legitimate evidence for life in outer space has ever surfaced. Yet, humanity’s fascination with aliens, UFOs, and extraterrestrial life seems only to grow year by year, in spite of this lack of evidence.
As proof of this growing fascination, it has been suggested that the biblical prophet Ezekiel, in the Old Testament book bearing his name, had an early encounter with an alien spaceship. In a Web article titled “UFOs: Even Before There Were Weather Balloons…,” the author misquoted Ezekiel 1:1-4: “As I looked, behold, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with brightness round about it, and fire flashing forth continually, and in the midst of the fire, as if it were gleaming bronze” (a very loose paraphrase of Ezekiel 1:1-4). The article then listed several other ancient “UFO” sightings, and concluded by stating: “These are just a few of the examples of UFO sightings from history” (2004).
Is it the case that Ezekiel saw an alien-operated flying machine from outer space? No, Ezekiel did not see an alien spaceship. How, then, are his visions to be explained? When one looks into Ezekiel’s prophetic book, it becomes clear that Ezekiel did see some strange things. From a quick reading of chapter one, it becomes apparent that Ezekiel saw a “great cloud with raging fire engulfing itself ” (vs. 4), four living creatures from within the cloud (vs. 5), a wheel beside each living creature (vs. 15), and the rims of the wheels full of eyes (vs. 18), among many other things. Indeed, the things seen by Ezekiel were amazing and unusual to say the least.
But with a little research into the biblical message, it becomes clear that Ezekiel’s writing and visions were apocalyptic in nature—very similar to the writings found in both Daniel and Revelation. The visions Ezekiel described are of heavenly, spiritual beings, not “alien life forms.” By comparing the description of the living creatures in Ezekiel to that of the living creatures that surround the throne of God in Revelation 4, one quickly realizes that the scenes witnessed by Ezekiel, John, Daniel, and other inspired writers were visions of God and His spiritual host of heaven.
As further evidence of this fact, at the end of Ezekiel 1, after describing “a likeness with the appearance of a man” on a throne, Ezekiel wrote: “This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord” (1:28). Then, a few verses later in chapter 2, this same person said to Ezekiel, “Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me” (2:3). Ezekiel fully understood this to be the Lord talking to Him, that the vision was of spiritual beings, and that he had not had an encounter with an alien from outer space. It is ironic that Ezekiel recognized his vision to be a calling and message from God, yet over 2,500 years after this vision, modern-day UFO hunters want to “reinterpret” Ezekiel’s original understanding of what he saw. A simple question should be asked: who would be in a better position to know what he saw—Ezekiel, or a modern-day “alien hunter” who believes in UFOs in spite of the overwhelming paucity of evidence? To ask is to answer, is it not?
Ezekiel did not see a UFO! He was allowed the special privilege of being called by God through an amazing vision of the heavenly host. His description of the vision ties in perfectly with other apocalyptic writings such as Daniel and Revelation. Those who are looking for the long-absent evidence proving the existence of aliens and UFOs, will have to look some place other than Ezekiel for it.

REFERENCES

“UFOs: Even Before There Were Weather Balloons…” (2004), [On-line], URL: http://ufos.miningco.com/library/weekly/aa052097.htm.

From Mark Copeland... Our Duty To God And Country (Mark 12:13-17)

                          "THE GOSPEL OF MARK"

                 Our Duty To God And Country (12:13-17)

INTRODUCTION

1. Teaching in the temple on Tuesday of the Last Week, we’ve seen...
   a. The authority of Jesus questioned by religious leaders - Mk 11:20-33
   b. The parable of the wicked vinedressers, directed toward the
      religious leaders - Mk 12:1-12

2. Jesus is then approached by Pharisees and Herodians...
   a. Intending to get Him in trouble with the authorities - Mk 12:13; Lk 20:20
   b. Who question Him whether one should pay taxes to Caesar - Mk 12:14-15

3. Ever the Master Teacher, Jesus easily dealt with their question...
   a. Seeing through their hypocrisy, He called for a coin - Mk 12:15
   b. He asked whose inscription was on it, and they answered "Caesar’s"
      - Mk 12:16
   c. His reply cause them to marvel - Mk 12:17

4. The reply of Jesus reveals that we have responsibilities to both God
   and country...
   a. There are things that we must render to Caesar (country)
   b. There are things that we must render to God

[What is our duty to God and country?  In this study we shall review
what the Scriptures tell us about our responsibilities as citizens and
as disciples.  We start with...]

I. OUR DUTY TO COUNTRY

   A. PAY TAXES...
      1. This was the point of Jesus in our text - Mk 12:14-17
      2. Paul also taught us to pay taxes - Ro 13:6-7

   B. OBEY LAWS...
      1. We are to submit to the ordinances (laws) of the land - Ro 13:1-5; Tit 3:1
      2. This we do for the Lord’s sake, that we might silence foolish
         men - 1Pe 2:13-16

   C. FEAR AND HONOR...
      1. We are to respect and honor those in positions of authority
         - Ro 13:7
         a. To fear (respect) the king - cf. Pro 24:21
         b. Not to speak evil of our rulers - cf. Exo 22:28; Ac 23:5;
            Tit 3:2; 2Pe 2:10; Jude 8-9
      2. Even as we are to honor all and love the brethren - 1Pe 2:17
      -- Have you noticed that Paul or Peter never had unkind words
         about Nero?

   D. DO GOOD...
      1. We are to be ready for every good work - Tit 3:1
      2. We are to have conduct that is honorable before all - 1Pe 2:11-12,15-16

   E. PRAY...
      1. To make supplications, offer prayers, intercessions, and giving
         of thanks - 1Ti 2:1
      2. To pray for kings and all who are in authority - 1Ti 2:1-3

[Christians are but sojourners and pilgrims in this world (1Pe 2:11).
While our true citizenship is in heaven (Ph 3:20), we are to be a
blessing to those earthly countries in which we sojourn.  Fulfill our
God-given obligations, and we will be an asset to any country in which
we live!  Now let’s review...]

II. OUR DUTY TO GOD

   A. LOVE GOD WITH ALL OUR BEING...
      1. Jesus considered this the greatest commandment of the Law - Mt 22:34-38
      2. Being the greatest command, I would suggest this is our
         greatest duty!

   B. OBEY GOD FROM THE HEART...
      1. If we love God, we will keep His commandments - 1Jn 5:3
      2. Jesus taught that keeping His commandments is evidence of true
         love - Jn 14:15,21,23

   C. MAKE GOD OUR PRIORITY...
      1. His will, His rule, His righteousness, should be our first
         priority - Mt 6:33
      2. Not only over our personal concerns, but even over our duty to
         country
         a. When there is a conflict between duty to God and country,
            God must come first
         b. As stated by Peter:  "We ought to obey God rather than men"
            - Ac 5:27-29
      3. This helps to answer questions that often arise regarding the
         Christian’s duty to government
         a. Can a Christian vote?
         b. Can one serve in political office?
         c. Can one serve in the military or other civic duty?
      4. If such duties come at too high a price (i.e., placing country
         before God), a Christian must obey God rather than men
         a. In some countries, the price may be too high, and Christians
            could not serve in political office or exercise certain
            rights as citizens
         b. Other countries may allow for God to take precedence in
            one’s conduct, permitting Christians to participate in such
            things

CONCLUSION

1. Christians ought to be a blessing for any country in which they
   reside...
   a. A source of revenue, with respect for laws, and reverence for
      those in authority
   b. Contributing to the general welfare, through good deeds and
      fervent prayers

2. Christians can be a blessing to their country......
   a. When Christians render first to God what is His due, and then what
      is due the country
   b. When the country respects the priority that must be given God by
      its citizens

While those in authority might not always understand their proper place,
and expect more of their citizens than what is right, may we who are
disciples of Christ never fail to:

   "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,
   and to God the things that are God’s."

Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2011

From Gary... Bible Reading January 10, 11



Bible Reading  

January 10, 11

The World English Bible


Jan. 10
Genesis 10

Gen 10:1 Now this is the history of the generations of the sons of Noah and of Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Sons were born to them after the flood.
Gen 10:2 The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.
Gen 10:3 The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah.
Gen 10:4 The sons of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim.
Gen 10:5 Of these were the islands of the nations divided in their lands, everyone after his language, after their families, in their nations.
Gen 10:6 The sons of Ham: Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan.
Gen 10:7 The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan.
Gen 10:8 Cush became the father of Nimrod. He began to be a mighty one in the earth.
Gen 10:9 He was a mighty hunter before Yahweh. Therefore it is said, "Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before Yahweh."
Gen 10:10 The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
Gen 10:11 Out of that land he went forth into Assyria, and built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah,
Gen 10:12 and Resen between Nineveh and Calah (the same is the great city).
Gen 10:13 Mizraim became the father of Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim,
Gen 10:14 Pathrusim, Casluhim (which the Philistines descended from), and Caphtorim.
Gen 10:15 Canaan became the father of Sidon (his firstborn), Heth,
Gen 10:16 the Jebusite, the Amorite, the Girgashite,
Gen 10:17 the Hivite, the Arkite, the Sinite,
Gen 10:18 the Arvadite, the Zemarite, and the Hamathite. Afterward the families of the Canaanites were spread abroad.
Gen 10:19 The border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as you go toward Gerar, to Gaza; as you go toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, to Lasha.
Gen 10:20 These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their languages, in their lands, in their nations.
Gen 10:21 To Shem, the father of all the children of Eber, the elder brother of Japheth, to him also were children born.
Gen 10:22 The sons of Shem: Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram.
Gen 10:23 The sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash.
Gen 10:24 Arpachshad became the father of Shelah. Shelah became the father of Eber.
Gen 10:25 To Eber were born two sons. The name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided. His brother's name was Joktan.
Gen 10:26 Joktan became the father of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah,
Gen 10:27 Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah,
Gen 10:28 Obal, Abimael, Sheba,
Gen 10:29 Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab. All these were the sons of Joktan.
Gen 10:30 Their dwelling was from Mesha, as you go toward Sephar, the mountain of the east.
Gen 10:31 These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their languages, in their lands, after their nations.
Gen 10:32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations. Of these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.


Jan. 11
Genesis 11


Gen 11:1 The whole earth was of one language and of one speech.
Gen 11:2 It happened, as they traveled east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they lived there.
Gen 11:3 They said one to another, "Come, let's make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." They had brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar.
Gen 11:4 They said, "Come, let's build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top reaches to the sky, and let's make ourselves a name, lest we be scattered abroad on the surface of the whole earth."
Gen 11:5 Yahweh came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built.
Gen 11:6 Yahweh said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is what they begin to do. Now nothing will be withheld from them, which they intend to do.
Gen 11:7 Come, let's go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."
Gen 11:8 So Yahweh scattered them abroad from there on the surface of all the earth. They stopped building the city.
Gen 11:9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there Yahweh confused the language of all the earth. From there, Yahweh scattered them abroad on the surface of all the earth.
Gen 11:10 This is the history of the generations of Shem. Shem was one hundred years old and became the father of Arpachshad two years after the flood.
Gen 11:11 Shem lived five hundred years after he became the father of Arpachshad, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Gen 11:12 Arpachshad lived thirty-five years and became the father of Shelah.
Gen 11:13 Arpachshad lived four hundred three years after he became the father of Shelah, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Gen 11:14 Shelah lived thirty years, and became the father of Eber:
Gen 11:15 and Shelah lived four hundred three years after he became the father of Eber, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Gen 11:16 Eber lived thirty-four years, and became the father of Peleg.
Gen 11:17 Eber lived four hundred thirty years after he became the father of Peleg, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Gen 11:18 Peleg lived thirty years, and became the father of Reu.
Gen 11:19 Peleg lived two hundred nine years after he became the father of Reu, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Gen 11:20 Reu lived thirty-two years, and became the father of Serug.
Gen 11:21 Reu lived two hundred seven years after he became the father of Serug, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Gen 11:22 Serug lived thirty years, and became the father of Nahor.
Gen 11:23 Serug lived two hundred years after he became the father of Nahor, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Gen 11:24 Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and became the father of Terah.
Gen 11:25 Nahor lived one hundred nineteen years after he became the father of Terah, and became the father of sons and daughters.
Gen 11:26 Terah lived seventy years, and became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
Gen 11:27 Now this is the history of the generations of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran became the father of Lot.
Gen 11:28 Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldees.
Gen 11:29 Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran who was also the father of Iscah.
Gen 11:30 Sarai was barren. She had no child.
Gen 11:31 Terah took Abram his son, Lot the son of Haran, his son's son, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram's wife. They went forth from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan. They came to Haran and lived there.
Gen 11:32 The days of Terah were two hundred five years. Terah died in Haran.

 
Jan. 11,12
Matthew 6

Mat 6:1 "Be careful that you don't do your charitable giving before men, to be seen by them, or else you have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
Mat 6:2 Therefore when you do merciful deeds, don't sound a trumpet before yourself, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may get glory from men. Most certainly I tell you, they have received their reward.
Mat 6:3 But when you do merciful deeds, don't let your left hand know what your right hand does,
Mat 6:4 so that your merciful deeds may be in secret, then your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Mat 6:5 "When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Most certainly, I tell you, they have received their reward.
Mat 6:6 But you, when you pray, enter into your inner chamber, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Mat 6:7 In praying, don't use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.
Mat 6:8 Therefore don't be like them, for your Father knows what things you need, before you ask him.
Mat 6:9 Pray like this: 'Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.
Mat 6:10 Let your Kingdom come. Let your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.
Mat 6:11 Give us today our daily bread.
Mat 6:12 Forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.
Mat 6:13 Bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.'
Mat 6:14 "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Mat 6:15 But if you don't forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Mat 6:16 "Moreover when you fast, don't be like the hypocrites, with sad faces. For they disfigure their faces, that they may be seen by men to be fasting. Most certainly I tell you, they have received their reward.
Mat 6:17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face;
Mat 6:18 so that you are not seen by men to be fasting, but by your Father who is in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.
Mat 6:19 "Don't lay up treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal;
Mat 6:20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves don't break through and steal;
Mat 6:21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Mat 6:22 "The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light.
Mat 6:23 But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Mat 6:24 "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can't serve both God and Mammon.
Mat 6:25 Therefore, I tell you, don't be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Mat 6:26 See the birds of the sky, that they don't sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you of much more value than they?
Mat 6:27 "Which of you, by being anxious, can add one moment to his lifespan?
Mat 6:28 Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They don't toil, neither do they spin,
Mat 6:29 yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these.
Mat 6:30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, won't he much more clothe you, you of little faith?
Mat 6:31 "Therefore don't be anxious, saying, 'What will we eat?', 'What will we drink?' or, 'With what will we be clothed?'
Mat 6:32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
Mat 6:33 But seek first God's Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.
Mat 6:34 Therefore don't be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day's own evil is sufficient.

From Gary... Where do I fit in?


Men, women, young, old, rich, poor- no matter who you are, no matter where you are from, or who your ancestors were, you are a human being and God loves you. He has provided grace for all. Those who will accept it and obediently live as HE dictates will be blessed beyond belief. In Paul's letter to Titus, he says...

Titus, Chapter 2
 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,  12 instructing us to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we would live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world;  13 looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ;  14 who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify for himself a people for his own possession, zealous for good works.

Hope you enjoy the chart and I just want to thank you for taking the time to reflect on these things- God will bless you for doing it.