Friday, December 11, 2009


There is one all important and lingering question that most men refuse to answer or cannot answer. And that question is, if you die right at this very moment, do you know where you are going to? Most people would just shrug their shoulders and say I don't know. Others would simply and nonchalantly say, I don't care. Not so with real born again Christians. They will tell you with a straight face that they will go to heaven. It is not a question of self righteousness or plain braggadocio. It is merely an assurance on the promise of God that those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior shall merit eternal life. And they believe the word of God and His promises. But where does born again Christians base their confidence on God's promises? The following verses give that assurance:

1. John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
Romans 6:23 - "For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
3. Romans 10:9 - "That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
4. Acts 4:12 - "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."
5. Acts 16:31 - "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved- you and your household."
6. Romans 10:13 - "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

I can go on and on citing similar verses but what I am emphasizing is that, we can never be saved by good works alone without Jesus Christ. Anything- offering, sacrifice or good works offered to the Father not in the name of Jesus Christ, will just be an offering in vain and not accepted by the Father. For there is only one way and key to heaven and He is Jesus Christ. "Jesus answered, 'I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6).

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Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla


ShY said...

This reminds me of the song Do you know where you going to, do you like the things that had been showing you.......kumanta ba naman hehehe. Of course Sir Mel, I know I'm a sinner but I definitely know I would still go to heaven. Thanks for the visits,comments,prayer and sharing lots of wonderful post in all your blogs. Happy weekend to you and your family.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Shy,
Good for you if you have that assurance that you will go to heaven. That should give you peace and joy in your heart. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you all always.

Bambie dear ★ said...

Yung answer ko po dati, i dont know.. pero ngayon sa heaven na po kasi i have strong faith and beliefs in our Lord.. I may bot read bible or attend the holy mass, pero di po sya nawala sa akin.

May question sana ako about sa claims ng ibang religion kaso wag na lang po kasi baka ma-offend sa aking tanong.. Thanks for sharing this.. medyo na-relief ako. I should believe and be confident with HIS promises. Happy weekends po =)

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Bambie dear,
Kanya kanyang paniniwala yan. We should respect the beliefs of others. But God says, "man perishes for lack of knowledge." Pag dating nang paghuhukom ay huhusgahan sila base rin sa paniniwala nila. Pero yung nagsasabing iba ang paniniwala nila ay hindi rin naman nakasusunod sa antas nang kanilang pinaniniwalaan. Sasabihin nila, basta naniniwala silang may Diyos at tumitigil na roon. At pag tinanong mo sila kung paano sila makapupunta sa langit, ang tanging isasagot nila ay: gumawa nang mabuti at iwasang gumawa nang masama. Para bagang ang Diyos ay isang accountant na babalansehin ang mabuti at masamang ginawa nang tao at pag mas mabigat ang mabuti ay sa langit ang punta at pag mas mabigat ang masama ay sa ilalim ang punta. Napakalayo niyon sa katotohanan kung ang pagababasehan ay ang mga salita ng Diyos sa Bibliya. Sa Bibliya, iisa lamang ang landas ng kaligtasan at iyun ay ang Panginoong Hesu Kristo. Nakakalungkot lang na marami ang umiiwas matagpuan ang katotohanan sa Bibliya dahil takot silang iwanan ang kanilang buhay na "malaya" sa kasalanan. Nabubuhay sila sa kabulagan at lumalakad sa buhay sa kadiliman. Kung may mga tao tayong gustong maligtas pero ayaw nila ay pwede natin silang ipanalangin at ang Espiritu Santo ang kakatok sa kanilang puso. Huwag lang tayong manghihinawa sa pananalangin. Thanks sa dalaw. Pasensiya ka na sa mahabang sagot ko pero para sa lahat ito na nagbabasa nang mga sagot ko. God bless you all always. BTW, huwag kang magsawang ipagpray ang mister mo. Pray for the grace of conviction, conversion and salvation. Paki kiss si Baby Anzu. Ciao.

kathy said...

Hi Kuya Mel! Sensya na po ngayon lang ako nakabalik, I was having technical problems. But it's fine now, hubby fixed it... Thank God!

Thank you so much for posting this. This is really what I need to convince my brother-in-law and his wife( my hubby's brother), to have faith in Jesus Christ and that only that is needed to have eternal life...

Personally, I am confused that something so easy to do, (HAVE FAITH IN HIM), is so hard for other poeple to grasp. That they resist to accept the fact that Jesus is real and His promises are true. Just read a few verses in the bible and you would know that it is true. It's not a made-up fictional book but a book of revelations that there is a higher being than us.. And all He asks is that we believe...

Thank you so much for the post kuya Mel and if you don't mind, I would email this to my brother-in-law right away... God bless you always...


Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Kathy,
I don't mind it at all. In fact I welcome it as heaven sent. You should not wonder why some people could not accept the fact that there is God and that there is only one way to Him and that way is Jesus Christ. The Bible said it, that the god of this age has blinded the minds of people so that they can not see or understand the saving message of the Gospel. In the economy of God, only those who were given the grace of salvation shall listen to the message of salvation. God, even before the creation of the world, already knew who would respond to that message and who would not. It is not a case of predestination but infinite foreknowledge of God of everything that will happen in His entire creation. This world, as we see now, is ruled by the lord of the world and those who do not respond to the saving grace of the Gospel are being lured by the evil schemes and wiles of the enemy. We should pray for them. Prayer has such a tremendous impact in the spiritual world that it can release God's powerful forces to thwart all the lies and subtle traps of the enemy. I will join you in your prayer for the grace of conviction, conversion and salvation for your brother in law and his wife. Thank you so much for your visit and inspiring comments. God bless you all always.

Terry said...

dear mel...this post is short and to the point.
do you mind dear brother if i copied and pasted it and print out some copies to give out and to leave at hospitals and phone booths?...
let me know, ok?
how could you have made it any clearer, i am sure that i don't know! terry

Terry said...

dear mel...i always read the good comments from your friends, after i have commented myself and the answer you gave to bambi dear was just excellent.
you know what i did?
i just copied and pasted bambi dear's comment and yours and put it on google language tool and poof!it was in english..perfect!love terry

ps..ha!! you said god bless you always in english!
mel WHAT is "god bless you always" in filipino?

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Terry,
You always bring a smile on my face every time I read your comments. I love your tone of sincerity and childlike innocence in your remarks. Truly you are a child of God. I will be more than honored if you will reprint my post and share it with others. The Holy Spirit shall enlighten them as they read the post. I write by inspiration. I never write on this blog until I receive an inspiration, so there goes. And I also pray over each post that I make so that the Holy Spirit will endow each word with power. Thanks for your visit and inspiring comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Terry,
God bless you always in Filipino is "pagpalain ka ng Diyos tuwina." Thanks again and pagpalain ka ng Diyos tuwina, lol.

"Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts" (Hebrews 4:7b)


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