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No Shade of Gray

No shade of Gray
No shade of Gray
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50 Shades of Gray is a bestselling novel that is soon to be a motion picture. The racy tale of a young successful couple, who engages in a torrid affair, delves into some gray areas. The book is recommended for mature audiences.
In a tolerant and all-inclusive society, it may sound intolerant and exclusive, but the Bible offers no shade of gray for mankind. The Bible makes it clear that a person is either for Christ or against Him. “For he that is not against us is on our part.” (Mark 9:40 KJV)
In the conversation that Jesus had with Nicodemus he said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.” ( John 3:7 KJV)
While the world claims to be tolerant and all-inclusive of ideas and views, with some making claims that we are all on the different paths headed to the same place, the Bible offers one way. “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 KJV)
The Bible tells us that God is a Righteous and Holy God. Man is sinful. The only way for us to be accepted into heaven is to accept the free gift of grace, offered by God through His only begotten Son. Those who accept will be saved, while those who reject will be damned. “And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left….And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matthew 25:33, 46 KJV)
And while many claim that a loving God would never send anyone to hell, they are in part correct. God does not send anyone to hell. Having loved the whole world, He provided the ultimate sacrifice to offer salvation to all; a way of escape. The following verses sum these thoughts:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18 KJV)
While some Christians may differ on some doctrines and scripture, all who believe the Word, agree that there is but one way; Jesus. That makes the gospel black and white, as far as, salvation is concerned.
The invitation is still open. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20 KJV)

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