Drew Berding

What we want isn't always what we get.

The following vignette illustrates that making assumptions without verifying the facts is a serious mistake.

When I was a little boy it seemed to me that blue was a pretty feminine color and brown was a masculine color. Therefore I concluded that all women had blue eyes and that all men had brown eyes. This was a very logical conclusion especially since I had brown eyes. Unfortunately, it was totally wrong. I had not checked the facts. It turned out that my mom had brown eyes and that my dad had blue eyes!

We can make the same mistake when studying the Bible. For example, we can assume incorrectly that all people are going to heaven because God is a God of love1 and He said it is not His will that anyone should perish.2 However, in contrast to what we might like, the Bible says that eternal life is only available to those that believe Jesus3 and accept what He has offered to us by dying on the cross.  It is our free choice.

What happens to those that don’t believe? I don’t really know. I just know that they miss an incredible opportunity to spend eternity with a loving Jesus.

Photo by Andriyko Podilnyk

  1. 1 John 4:16, God is love…
  2. 2 Peter 3:9, The Lord is … not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
  3. 1 John 5:11-12, And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

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NOTE: Bible references unless otherwise stated are from the NASU (New American Standard Updated) copyright the Lockman Foundation.

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