“The kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:47–50, NIV 1984).

My Musings – If the fisherman had their way, every fish in the net would be good. But they aren’t. The bad fish must be thrown away, as they are not fit to eat or to market. If God has His way, there would be no wicked to separate from the righteous. None to throw into the fiery furnace. No “weeping or gnashing of teeth.” But there are. The wicked must be cast way, for as sad as it is, they are not fit for Heaven.

My Advice – It doesn’t have be that way for you. “We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20–21, NIV 1984). It’s easier that you think, and it’s free. See my “The Born Again Experience” blogs.

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