Many people in the world today have placed their soul in jeopardy by assuming what the bible never actually said. Not only is it dangerous to assume in life, but it is treacherous to assume with your soul at stake. Let’s take a look at three such assumptions many are taking.
Assuming The Thief Was Saved
Many Baptists will spend an eternity in hell all because they assume the thief on the cross was saved. Actually, the bible never once said the thief was saved. Not once did the thief ask for forgiveness. Not once did the bible say Jesus forgave the thief. Not once did the thief say that he believed Jesus was the Christ the Son of God. The thief never once repented of his sins.
The bottom line is this, the thief was born and died under the law of Moses. So, even if all the above assumptions were true, it would have been of no value. The law of Christ had not yet begun. This didn’t happen until the day of Pentecost (Acts 2 37-47). The gospel of Christ could not have been obeyed because Jesus had not died, nor was buried or raised from the dead (1 Cor 15:1-4). Such was the gospel which was preached unto all the world, and all who obeyed the gospel believed and confessed Jesus was the Christ, (Rom 10:8-19) and then repented and were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins had the opportunity for salvation (Acts 2:38). This is not assumption, this is FACT!
Assuming Marital Laws
The church is falling apart all because they are committing adultery and assuming God will forgive them. Most won’t even admit that they are in adultery. They have assumed that adultery laws applied equally to both men and women. Yet, not once did Jesus ever say that a woman could legally divorce her husband and remarry. You don’t believe me? Look it up. It’s not there (Mt 5:32 cf; 19:9 ff; Mk 10:11,12; Lk 16:18). If the wife ever divorced her husband against God’s law, she is to remain unmarried or be reconciled back to her husband (1 Cor 7:10,11). Any woman who is married and has a living husband shall be called an adulteress (Rom 7:2,3). Not only that, but Paul continued this subject to the Corinthians by saying even if her husband be dead, she is only at liberty to remarry “Only in the Lord” (1 Cor 7:39). Some assume this to mean a woman can remarry anyone (Christian or sinner) according to the laws of God. Others assume this to mean she can only marry a Christian man. It’s safe to say, marrying a Christian man according to God’s law would be the best for any woman. God intended both man and woman to remain married for life. Divorce was only allowed in the old testament for the hardness of their hearts. In the new testament, the bible said man could divorce his wife if she had committed fornication. Woman could only remarry if her husband be dead. This is not an assumption, this is FACT!
Assuming God Won’t Punish The Wicked
Many assume that God doesn’t have the heart to destroy man in hell perpetually just because they don’t obey the gospel of Christ. Jesus said all who don’t obey the gospel shall be condemned (Mk 16:16). Paul said that when Jesus comes again that all who know not God and obey not the gospel shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power (2 Thess 1:7-9). The Hebrew writer made it quite plain that vengeance belonged to God and that he will judge his people (Heb 10:30). This is the same God who destroyed the whole world by water. This is the same God who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities near about with fire and brimstone. This is the same God who destroyed all of Israel in the wilderness, except Joshua and Caleb, because of their unbelief. This same God it was said of, “ Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and has done despite unto the Spirit of grace (Heb 10:29)? It is not an assumption that God is the supreme judge and has the power of life and of death (Mt 10:28). It is a FACT!
Conclusion: Many have assumed many things that the bible never actually said. If you are one of these, just know that you are placing your soul in jeopardy by doing so. We will all be judged by what the bible actually said, and not what we assume it said (Jn 12:48). Many will assume that their good works will save them but Jesus said these shall be told, “I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity (Mt 7:23). The only ones who shall be saved come the day of judgment are the ones who do the very will of God (Mt 7:21). This is no assumption, this is absolute FACT!