And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. II Thessalonians 2:10
What separates Salvation from perishing? The love of the truth! Some translate this into physical terms to make it easier to grasp and come up with the distance between Heaven and Hell as being around 12 inches. That being roughly the distance from your head to your heart. With your head you separate right from wrong, truth from fiction. With your heart you either love the truth unto salvation or the lie unto damnation.
Pretty simple. But if we don’t want to accept the truth, we will want to make it instead, complicated.
Realize that it’s not just that you understand the truth, but that you love the truth. Some make excuses for their admitted lack of love for the truth by asking esoterical questions such as, “What is truth?” “Doesn’t everyone create their own reality, their own truth?” “What is true for me may not be true for you.” “Say, I’m allergic to strawberries. That doesn’t mean you are. You can’t hold me to the same moral standards as you hold yourself to.”
Physical truth can indeed be relative, but moral truth is absolute. Some people try to make it relative by saying it is true for you because you believe it. But your truth doesn’t create any truth outside of yourself. So whose truth is really true? To answer this we need to change the question. We can ask, what is truth? But the better question, is who is truth?
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
Jesus said He is the truth, no one comes to the Father but through Him. That is the truth! But believing this truth, does it really matter? Some people think it doesn’t matter what one believes, only what one does, or doesn’t do. That God takes a giant scale after you die and everything you did bad goes on one side while everything you did good goes on the other.
Doesn’t work that way. Take the worst sin one can commit, the taking of another ones life for pleasure. The truth is there will be repentant murderers who have been forgiven in Heaven while there will be self-righteous non-murderers in the hell. Moses murdered a man in cold blood, just because he had seen this man beating up a fellow Israelite. Moses committed premeditated murder as payback, as revenge. David, the man after God’s own heart, had a man killed because David had gotten the man’s wife pregnant. He thought he could hide his first sin by committing a worse sin.
But both Moses and David repented of their sins, cried out to God for forgiveness, and were forgiven. So it is not how much or how badly one has sinned, but how much one has been forgiven. And one must be forgiven of everything to be blameless in the sight of God to gain salvation to Heaven. The seeming paradox is sometimes the greater the sinner, the more they may turn to God. They have no delusions they are sinners and need something. They are searching and will not find relief till they find Jesus. Others are righteous in their own eyes and never turn to Jesus. For those who know they have much to be forgiven, have much to be thankful.
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. Luke 7:47
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deuteronomy 6:5
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. John 1:17
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32