Every Person Is Sacred – Part 1 of 3

Because Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of humanity, we can know that every person is sacred.

Jesus did not lay down His life for a handful of people; He laid it down for the whole world.

What father would seek to save some of his children?  What mother would be satisfied with less than a full count of her brood?

Jesus Christ died for us all.  How, therefore, can we consider another human being anything less than sacred?

Call on Jesus to help you treat other people as sacred today.

Bible notes on this post.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church – or anything else – but Him.

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21 Responses to Every Person Is Sacred – Part 1 of 3

  1. David Moore says:

    I found you on the ‘Hellbound?’ site. I’ve been reading your ‘Everybody is Going to Heaven’ article and, as with this one, I simply can’t believe you are serious. When Jesus explained the parable of the wheat and the tares, (Matt 13) wasn’t that clear enough for you? People, lots of them (most, in fact) will be condemned. They will ‘not see life’ but the ‘wrath of God abides on them’ (John 3:36). You are calling Jesus Christ a liar.
    As for every person is sacred… the Bible repeatedly refers to wicked people as ‘dogs’ (false teachers ‘greedy dogs’ Isaiah 56). It also says God laughs at them and hates them. You need to repent of the heresy your are teaching. People are going to hell…you included!

    • Mike Gantt says:

      Jesus Christ is the most truthful man who ever lived, and He is also the God of our salvation. Everything I write is to bring attention and glory to Him.

      He is not God just so that we might talk about Him; He is God so that we might honor and obey Him as our Father.

      Certainly all of us act wickedly some of the time, but by looking to Him moment by moment we can be redeemed from our wicked ways. See Practicing the Presence of Christ.

      As for people being sacred, don’t forget that He died for the whole world. It’s because we’re sacred to Him that we’re sacred. And this is all the more reason we should forsake our sinful and selfish ways.

      • David Moore says:

        Your argument from the Everyone is… article that He is the ‘righteous’ and we the ‘wicked’ utterly fails. The Bible says (as I’m sure you know) the unrighteous will NOT inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:9) and such WERE some of we, not that we still are. Matt 13;49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
        Still say we are the wicked? And if so, who is the just? Him alone? And he only goes to heaven (according to this, the clearest parable of all)?
        Remember that were are to be babes in malice but men in understanding (1 Cor 14:20). I have no choice but to soundly rebuke you and tell you that a) You are a babe in understanding. b) Your god exists in your own mind, you do not know the God of Heaven and c) You need to repent of this WICKED lying against Christ.
        You’re still beating the Jesus is really nice drum like a Kindergartner. Jesus is a righteous judge who will most certainly condemn you, YES, YOU, to hell if you do not repent and believe in Him along with all wicked liars, idolaters, etc. .

        • Mike Gantt says:

          You are mistaking the kingdom of God for what happens when we die. The kingdom is here and now. And the unrighteous do not perceive it or enter it. It is available only to those who walk holy before Him.

          If you have pushed off the kingdom of God to the afterlife, you are not entering it yourself in this life.

          Everyone goes to heaven when they die, but not everyone enters the kingdom of God in this life. Seek the Lord Jesus that you may enter His kingdom…and lead others to follow you.

          • David Moore says:

            So people who don’t accept this are in some sort of ‘furnace of fire’ now?

            • Mike Gantt says:

              Yes. This is the way the prophets of Israel spoke. See, for example, Psalm 89:46 which cries out, “How long, O Lord? Will You hide Yourself? Will Your wrath burn like fire?” Fire is a common biblical metaphor for the wrath of God. It’s descriptive of life outside the kingdom of God.

            • Mike Gantt says:

              Consider also, for example, Isaiah 33:14-15. Consider also Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the fiery furnace. They are an example for how we are to live in this age – serving the Lord and not bowing down to the idols all around us.

          • David Moore says:

            I’m curious…do you the Bible? If so, what do you believe about it?
            And what does this mean? Da 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

            • Mike Gantt says:

              It’s a promise of resurrection for all and judgment for all. There’s nothing in the verse that denies everyone is going to heaven. That’s where, for example, and so far as one can tell from human observation, Hitler shall bear his shame for the life he lived on earth. No one will “get away” with anything.

              Just because everyone going to heaven does not mean it is a place of egalitarian bliss. Many who are first here will be last there, and vice versa. This is what the Lord has promised. Therefore, those who honor Him here will be honored there. Those who do not honor Him here will not be honored there.

              • David Moore says:

                The idea of the merciful, loving God slamming the door in someone’s face in an act of final rejection is more than some are willing to accept. However, isn’t what we see in the Parable of the Ten Virgins? And, for that matter, the wedding supper? Cast into outer darkness…weeping and gnashing of teeth. People weeping and gnashing their teeth would put kind of a damper on heaven, don’t you think? The most chilling, sobering lines in scripture are ‘I never knew you…depart from me into everlasting fire…’
                Doesn;t what Christ actually said matter more than our weak, human perception of His ‘nature’.

                • Mike Gantt says:

                  Yes, what Christ says matters more than what we think.

                  However, the difference between your view and mine is not about whether there is a different reward for the righteous and the wicked or whether God blesses the righteous and punishes the wicked. We agree about those things. What we disagree on is the kingdom of God. You think it’s the afterlife and I think it’s a spiritual reality in this life.

                  • David Moore says:

                    Even at the end of the end…we see the New Jerusalem but OUTSIDE are a bunch of people. How can you explain that away? What does ‘tormented day and night forever and ever’ mean?

                    • Mike Gantt says:

                      The “tormented day and night forever and ever” in Revelation 20:10 is speaking of the devil, the beast, and the false prophet.

                      As for those outside, this matches the parables and other descriptions of in the kingdom or outside. And also re-read the beginning and the end of Revelation – everything in it was to happen “soon.” It can’t still be future in the 21st Century.

                    • David Moore says:

                      Ahh, so the beast and the false prophet aren’t going to heaven? They’ll be tormented forever? But they’re men. Also all those whose names are not written in the Book of Life end up there too. Isn;t that a problem for your universal salvation view?

                    • Mike Gantt says:

                      No, it’s not a problem. The beast and the false prophet aren’t men; they’re roles.

  2. David Moore says:

    Sorry to put responses to other post here but it would be a nuisance to be running back and forth all the time. In one, You said: Now, there is no distinction between Jew and Gentile, there is no distinction between believer and unbeliever.
    I beg to differ.
    Re 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
    This is not said of the believer.

    • Mike Gantt says:

      You should put your comment where you have the question. I’ve written hundreds of blog posts and don’t know to which one you are referring.

  3. David Moore says:

    Anyway, thank you for allowing me to post and not blocking me (as did Joshua Tongol). I’ll say to you as my final word what I said to Kevin Miller. You are self-deceived and self-condemned. You are so desperate to believe what you’re saying that you will mangle the scriptures to any extent to accomodate it. The people who are in hell now are not being helped at all by this blog and, worse yet, people who are on their way to hell still will be encouraged along that BROAD road by your encouragement. Keep tickling ears. Let him who is filthy be filthy still. Over and out.

    • Mike Gantt says:

      I am not desperate to believe what I am saying. Rather, I am desperate to please Jesus my Lord.

      If you want to live holy, that will serve you well. This is Jesus’ desire for all of us.

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