"I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall
judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; preach the
word; instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all
long-suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not
endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to
themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their
ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." 2 Timothy 4:1-4 KJV
You all have seen them, email forwards with sweet and inspiring stories with
a challenge at the end to forward it if you believe in Jesus. I read them,
sometimes, but hardly ever pass them along, mostly because I don't see the
need. Passing along Bible verses or true stories, maybe, but most of the
time, these forwards aren't even true or scriptural. For instance, read
this story below. It showed up a few days ago in my in box, and I have
decided to show you in the Bible, why this email, while sweet is not
biblical. First, read it. Then, read my comments afterward.
[She jumped up as soon as she saw the surgeon come out of the operating
said: 'How is my little boy? Is he going to be all right? When can I see
The surgeon said, "I'm sorry.. We did all we could, but your boy didn't make
Sally said, "Why do little children get cancer? Doesn't God care any more?
were you, God, when my son needed you?"
The surgeon asked, "Would you like some time alone with your son? One of the
will be out in a few minutes, before he's transported to the university."
Sally asked the nurse to stay with her while she said good bye to her son.
She ran her
fingers lovingly through his thick red curly hair. "Would you like a lock of
hair?" the nurse asked. Sally nodded yes. The nurse cut a lock of the boy's
put it in a plastic bag and handed it to Sally.
The mother said, "It was Jimmy's idea to donate his body to the University
He said it might help somebody else. 'I said no at first, but Jimmy said,
won't be using it after I die. Maybe it will help some other little boy
more day with his Mom." She went on, "My Jimmy had a heart of gold. Always
of someone else.. Always wanting to help others if he could."
Sally walked out of Children's Mercy Hospital for the last time, after
of the last six months there. She put the bag with Jimmy's belongings on the
beside her in the car.
The drive home was difficult. It was even harder to enter the empty house.
Jimmy's belongings, and the plastic bag with the lock of his hair to her
She started placing the model cars and other personal things back in his
where he had always kept them. She lay down across his bed and, hugging his
cried herself to sleep.
It was around midnight when Sally awoke. Lying beside her on the bed was a
letter. The letter said
I know you're going to miss me; but don't think that I will ever forget you,
loving you, just 'cause I'm not around to say
'I Love You'
. I will always love you, Mom, even more with each day. Someday we will see
other again. Until then, if you want to adopt a little boy so you won't be
that's okay with me. He can have my room and old stuff to play with. But, if
decide to get a girl instead, she probably wouldn't like the same things us
do. You'll have to buy her dolls and stuff girls like, you know.
Don't be sad thinking about me. This really is a neat place. Grandma and
met me as soon as I got here and showed me around some, but it will take a
to see everything... The angels are so cool. I love to watch them fly. And,
what? Jesus doesn't look like any of his pictures. Yet, when I saw Him, I
was Him. Jesus himself took me to see GOD! And guess what, Mom? I got to sit
knee and talk to Him, like I was somebody important. That's when I told Him
I wanted to write you a letter, to tell you good bye and everything. But I
knew that wasn't allowed. Well, you know what Mom? God handed me some paper
own personal pen to write you this letter I think Gabriel is the name of the
who is going to drop this letter off to you. God said for me to give you the
to one of the questions you asked Him "where was He when I needed him?" 'God
He was in the same place with me, as when His son Jesus was on the cross. He
right there, as He always is with all His children.
Oh, by the way, Mom, no one else can see what I've written except you. To
else this is just a blank piece of paper. Isn't that cool? I have to give
pen back now He needs it to write some more names in the Book of Life.
get to sit at the table with Jesus for supper. I'm sure the food will be
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you.. I don't hurt anymore the cancer is all
glad because I couldn't stand that pain anymore and God couldn't stand to
hurt so much, either. That's when He sent The Angel of Mercy to come get me.
Angel said I was a Special Delivery! How about that?
Signed with Love from God, Jesus & Me..."]
Ok, so here's the Scripture taken from the King James Version of the Holy
"If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye
believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to
heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in
According to the words of Jesus, Himself, ain't nobody in heaven, but Him,
God and heavenly beings like angels and such. When Jesus went to raise
Lazarus from the dead in John 11, He told His disciples "Lazarus sleepeth."
When the disciples said it was good that Lazarus was sleeping, Jesus made
sure to say that Lazarus was dead. Then, when they got to where the dead
lay, Jesus called out for him to come forth. Lazarus came out wrapped in
his graveclothes. In First Corinthians chapter 15 long about verse 51, it
says, "Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall be
changed," so see, it says "sleep", not roaming the hills of glory on our way
back down here to be raised up again. Ok, that's all the Scripture I'm
giving you, showing that little boy did not go to heaven. Whether we sleep
in Jesus waiting for His return or go to heaven waiting, is a doctrinal
point folks have been fighting over for centuries. I'm not trying to start
a fight, so let's move on. Since this is not the gospel according to
Shannon, here's another verse.
Matthew 27:46 KJV
"And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eli, Eli, lama
sabachthani? That is to say, My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
So, was God with Jesus when Jesus was dying on the cross? Most definitely,
because He is God's son, He had the strength to endure, but if God cannot
look on sin.
Here's another thing, if God can only stand so much of His children's
suffering before sending an angel to carry them home, then why did he not
send an angel for Job? Yes, I believe God cares. Yes, I believe God hates
suffering. But, as difficult as it is for us humans to comprehend, God is
more interested in the eternal, rather than the temporal.
I know this post is long, but I have one more point to make, so stick with
I know hurting and troubled people are only looking for comfort and a sense
of peace wherever they can find it, but folks, it's time we stop letting the
world dictate what we believe. Just because a certain doctrine is popular,
does not mean we have to follow along. Read the Bible for yourself. In the
words of the apostle Paul, "Study to show thyself aproved unto God, a
workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
That is found in 2 Timothy, chapter 2 verse 15. Further more, if you want
to show the world you are a born again believer in Christ, get out there and
prove it. Email is fine. Playing on the internet is fine. Computers are
fine. But, what about your neighbor? Is he hurting? Is she hungry? Do
the kids down the street need shoes or a new jacket for school? Does your
church need a Sunday School teacher? Does your mom or dad smile when you
In this day and age, computers, email, blogging, text messaging are the
norms, but they can be so impersonal that I think we lose something
important, when folks start to think we can only witness while using google.
So, send your inspirational emails. Keep blogging with something good to
say. Keep updating those healthy websites that promote family, cooking at
home, going to church and living right. But, quit believing everything
sweet that ends up in your in box. Stop believing everything you hear on
TV. Get out your Bible, open it, and read. I think you'll be amazed at
what your Father has to say.