“So man lies down and does not rise, till the heavens are no more. They will not awake nor be roused from their sleep.”
– Job 14:12
Job is despondent. He begins talking about the afterlife and makes many statements about a topic he did not fully understand. Job’s words are captured in the Bible. However, this does not make it accurate. It merely gives us a picture of a fallible man making doctrinal mistakes.
Job did not fully understand heaven and hell. In fact, if you continue on to Job twenty-eight, you see God correcting Job for his lack of knowledge in this area. Job eventually repents and says, “…I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know” (Job 42:3)
It is unfortunate that some religions have used this chapter to teach that there is no afterlife when you die. Hell and judgment are real, and Jesus describes this for us in Matthew twenty-five. Scripture must be used to back-up scripture, and it is imperative to know the entire Bible so that we are not misled.
In a Lifeway research poll taken in 2017, it was reported that only eleven percent of Christians have read the Bible all the way through, and only nine percent have read it through more than once. What a sad statistic! What is even more disturbing is sometimes we know more about television shows, movies, and sports teams than we do about our Lord.
Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” I believe this is the main reason that many will “fall away” from faith in Jesus in the last days (1 Tim. 4:1). Today, will you pick up your Bible and begin reading it through? Spend time with Jesus today. Don’t be deceived!
“If it should be found to be contrary to the Word of revealed truth, no true Christian will accept it as being from God. However high the emotional content, no experience can be proved to be genuine unless we can find chapter and verse authority for it in the Scriptures.”
– A.W. Tozer