Reasons to Believe

God's Mercy in Death

God judges people in two categories

1) the righteous (those submitted to God—all evil deeds are erased and forgotten and their reward is based on good deeds alone; 2) the wicked (those who are rebellious—all good deeds are erased and forgotten and their punishment is based on evil deeds alone.

Background references on death

Genesis 2:16-17 Ecclesiastes 9:2-6
Genesis 3:22 Isaiah 65:19-25
Genesis 6:3 Ezekiel 18:20-32
Proverbs 16:4 John 16:5-11
Ecclesiastes 3:11 1 Corinthians 3:12-15
Ecclesiastes 7:2-4 Hebrews 9:27
Ecclesiastes 8:8 Revelation 20:11-15

 The righteous sometimes die young

  • to protect from future torment
  • to protect heavenly reward
  • as an instrument for good
1 Kings 14:6-13 Psalm 23:4
2 Kings 20:1-21:16 Isaiah 57:1-2
2 Chronicles 32:22-33:6 Acts 4:32-5:11
Isaiah 36-39 Acts 7:54-8:4, Acts 9

 The righteous sometimes die old

  • to maximize heavenly reward
  • to protect a spiritual heritage
  • to procide an opportunity to achieve an ignored priority
Psalm 116:15 Ephesians 2:10
1 Corinthians 3:12-15 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Philippians 1:21-26 Revelation 14:13

 The wicked sometimes die young

  • lack of wisdom
  • led astray by folly
  • to stop the spread of wickedness
  • to limit judgment on the wicked
  • to limit grief of relatives
  • to transfer wealth to the righteous
Genesis 38:6-19 Proverbs 5:21-23
Job 20:4-11 Proverbs 29:16
Psalm 55:15 Ecclesiastes 2:26

 The wicked sometimes die old

  • To give them time to turn from their ways
Ezekiel 18:23 2 Peter 3:9
1 Timothy 2:4 Revelation 2:21

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Subjects: Christian Life, General Apologetics , Heaven and Hell, Problem of Evil, Salvation, Two Creation Model

Dr. Hugh Ross

Reasons to Believe emerged from my passion to research, develop, and proclaim the most powerful new reasons to believe in Christ as Creator, Lord, and Savior and to use those new reasons to reach people for Christ. Read more about Dr. Hugh Ross.