Seriously considering possibilities inevitably leads to a decision as to which of the possibilities one believes and chooses to follow. But what if one chooses wrong? For this, one must consider the consequences if they are wrong.
The Shepherd – “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.”
The Sheep – “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’ ”
The Goats – “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’ “
The Consequences – “Then they [the goats] will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous [the sheep] to eternal life.”
(Excerpts from Matthew 25:31–46, NIV 1984).
These are the words of Jesus. The same Jesus who said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6, NIV 1984)
The sheep come to the Father through Jesus. The goats do not. If the sheep are wrong about God and Jesus, it matters little. There is no hell, or hereafter. From dust we came and to dust we return, along with the goats. On the other hand, if the goats are wrong, it matters much. Death is not the end, but eternal punishment for the goats, but eternal life for the sheep. If Jesus is right about being the only way to the Father He is also right about the consequences.
In the words of Snoopy, “has it ever occurred to you that you might be wrong?” You want to be right about this one.