On what will we be judged in the general judgment?

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Many folks tend to get confused about the differences between the particular & general judgments. So let’s dive right into the general judgment.

God is both perfectly just and perfectly merciful, and all mankind has the right to see the perfection of His justice and mercy. All will see that He was right in rewarding those who trusted in His infinite goodness. Conversely, we will see how He was just in punishing those who rejected Him with their sins and refused to repent.

The same identical eternal destiny will be pronounced in the general judgment that was pronounced in the particular judgment. There are no second chances after death, so it is to our benefit to do as God asks now.
Remember: Throughout all eternity you will be reminded of the words you have read here! It can be to your eternal joy or your eternal torment.

In all of the Bible there is only one time that Jesus gives us the criteria by which we will all be judged at the general judgment. These criteria are found in Matthew 25:34-46.

Jesus gives us six things on which we will be judged:
  • feeding the hungry
  • giving drink to the thirsty
  • sheltering the homeless
  • clothing the naked
  • visiting the sick
  • visiting the imprisoned

He tells us we are (quite literally, the Church believes) treating Him however we treat others in these circumstances. But don’t make the mistake of thinking helping people with these needs alone will save you. It’s important to note there is a thin line between secular humanism and Christian humanism in these things. If you are meeting the needs of others for any reason besides love of Jesus alone, you may very well hear the words,

“Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels…” (Matthew 25:41).

Think about it.
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