I have never liked gambling. I believe this was instilled in me as a young child when, since my parents were serving in the Royal Air Force, I lived with my grandmother. She detested gambling.
Nevertheless, when we choose to follow a particular belief we are, in effect, gambling. Our soul being the wager.
As a Christian I know my gamble is on a winner. But those of other religions would claim to be equally sure - Mormons for example. So should I consider becoming a Mormon? Any gambler will look carefully at the odds before betting - let's do that.
There are only three options:
Since I believe the Lord Jesus Christ to be the only route to Heaven I could not even consider such beliefs as Hinduism, Buddhism, Muslim etc. I would need to believe in Christ as my Saviour. But is converting to Mormonism and accepting the Mormon Jesus, rather than the Biblical Jesus, such a good idea? Let's see.
Since I am a person who is not too bad - I try to do what is right etc. Mormons teach that I will make it to the middle heaven, the Terrestrial, even should I die without accepting the Mormon faith. Mormon Apostle, Bruce R. McConkie wrote:
"Honorable men of the earth who are blinded by the craftiness of men and who therefore do not accept and live the gospel law" will achieve this level. (Mormon Doctrine, p. 784).Whilst this may not be as good as the Celestial kingdom it is, nevertheless, not too bad, especially since according to D&C. 76:77, the Lord Jesus Christ will be there. So even though I lose my bet, and choose the wrong religion, I'm not too badly off.
We have seen what happens if I lose my bet, I'm still OK.
But what if the Mormon loses the bet? If Christianity is right, what's
in store for Mormons? According to the Bible, heaven is the place
where believers will abide with God for all eternity in His presence.
Only true believers in Christ (the real Christ) can enter (Heb. 12:23;
Jn. 3:16-21; Rev. 2:11; 20:6).
Where does that leave Mormons (and all other unbelievers)? The only other destination is hell - and it is a real place!
Hell is eternal separation from God in a final and painful state (Rev. 14:10-11; Thess. 1:9) It is, actually, a second death (Rev. 21:8). Those in this state include every person who did not have a true belief in Jesus - the real Jesus! (Jn. 3:18).
Despite the faulty interpretation Mormons have concerning baptism for the dead in 1 Cor. 15:29, Biblical Christianity leaves no room for salvation after death if Christ is rejected in this life.
If option 2. is correct: Christians do not have much to lose. In fact, all Mormons without temple recommends (and that's most of them) will find themselves in the same place as Christians.
If option 3. is correct: Mormons have everything to lose - from Temple Mormon to Jack Mormon they will all find themselves in the wrong place - hell!
A good gambler looks at the odds and bets accordingly. How good a gambler are you?
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