About

This site exists solely for those readers of A Scriptural Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom who want to know more about the Bible.  I explain this on its page More on the Bible.  Therefore, this site you are now on (Bible Notes for “A Scriptural Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom”) is a sub-site to that master site.  (Therefore, if you clicked here to learn more about me, go instead to About for the master site.)

I expect only a minority of the master site’s readers to be interested in this sub-site.  For this reason, that master site will seldom refer to this sub-site, while this sub-site may often refer to the master site.  This is because the proclamation of truth through the master site is my primary purpose.  This companion site serves but a secondary, albeit important, purpose.

For this same reason, the e-mail sign up and RSS feeds for this site are additional and completely separate from those of the master site.  Since the majority of the master site’s readers won’t be using this sub-site, I don’t want to confuse them.

I am writing everything on this sub-site as if you are a reader of the master site, wanting more biblical support for its ideas and biblical direction for your thinking.  Therefore, the biblical references and notes I provide here may seem more choppy and less cohesive.  Consider this sub-site like an appendix in a book which makes sense only in the context of the book.  A book does not serve its appendix; the appendix is to serve the book.  (The two exceptions to all this are the two books shown to the right The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven and Whatever Became of Jesus Christ?  – each of which can stand alone and be read independently.)

If somehow you have reached this sub-site without having come through the master site, then by all means go now to  A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom…for it more directly tells of the pearl of great price:  Jesus our Lord.  To Him be the glory!

If you want to learn even more about the Bible, or if you are already familiar with the Bible and want to hear these truths discussed with more biblical reference, then I refer you to A Bible Reader’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

I don’t claim copyright to anything I write on this site.  You are free to use my material however you wish – with or without attribution.  (See official notice to this effect at bottom of this page.)  As for material copyrighted by others to which I link or that is otherwise accessed here, we should all respect their rights.

Comment Policy

I welcome challenge and criticism; the truths I proclaim will withstand testing.  If you’d rather not identify yourself, that’s okay, as I do allow comments to be made anonymously.

I only delete comments that are spam or excessively profane.  The only editing I do of comments is to remove profanity as an alternative to deleting the entire comment.

Where a response is sought, I try to give one in a timely manner.  Otherwise, I only respond if I think it will be helpful.  In cases where there is no reconciliation of views, I prefer to let the challenger have the last word.  May the Spirit of Jesus Christ prevail and may His truth make progress in all our hearts.

If you like what I write, just practice it – you don’t need say anything to me about it or make yourself known to me. I don’t need your approval and you don’t need mine.  Walk before God and walk with God – that’s what matters.

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20 Replies to “About”

  1. I am struggling with the idea that there is no “hell”. I deliberately put the word hell in speech marks. Your article appears to suggest that everyone, whether they believe in God or not, whether they are “bad” or not or “evil” or not, goes to heaven.

    I do not know the Bible as well as I should, so forigve me for that, but I believe that it says somewhere in the Bible that a person who committs a sin against the Holy Spirit cannot/will not be forgiven. A person who committs such a sin goes to heaven on your analysis of the Bible? Is that correct?

    To push the point and to inflame it, a cruel and vile paedophile, who is also a practising devil worshipper dies. He had burnt crosses and Bibles all of his life. He has raped young children. He shown no remorse. He is against Jesus and pro the devil or pro what he considers to the devil. Is your analysis that such a person goes to heaven, even if they do not repent?

    If I understand your analysis correctly (I’m not sure I do) it is this. God is infinite. If I express a so called good Christian man as a number, then let’s number him one billion and let’s number the bad man minus one billion. The gap between one billion and an infinity and between minus one billion and an infinity is still the same, the gap being infinite in both cases. God created us all and loves us, good and bad and wishes to be re-united with us, good and bad. As the only good is God, then we are all bad, so everyone going to heaven is simply God being re-united with his children.

    Matt

  2. Yes. I would only add that this mercy shown by God does not mean that there are no consequences for our behavior. On the contrary, we are being judged and will be judged for everything we think, say, and do. God is wise and He knows how to judge us for our sins without condeming us to an eternity in conscious torment.

    Sorry I am just now answering this. It slipped past me and I fell behind in my work.

  3. I agree with this idea. Seeing as Christ has no respect of persons. We are all made in our fleshly forms as sinners. Only our spiritual being, through Christ, is purified. Nothing we can do “fleshly” makes us deserving of His grace. The understanding is a gift given from God to Christ to us via the Holy spirit. It is a gift that can only be received. Romans chapter 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

  4. Okay you got my attention. I love to chat with you? Not sure how busy you are? I am a new Christian. I read the Bible myself, got filled with the Holy Spirit praying by myself. Started speaking in tongues on my own from reading Bible.. (had no idea what was happening) I have felt evil and casted out demons so I believe they exist. I started going to church as I thought that is what I was suppose to do to honor God. (Do not forsake the assemble of believers) At church I realize what they preach is not what I read. I learned I was a Preterist not sure how anyone could study the Bible and be a futurist.. “The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed which grows into a huge tree” Yet they preach the Church is going to get smaller and smaller and Jesus is going to come rescue us who belong at this church and it will all end????? I think if the Pastors thought about the logic they preach they would STOP… Anyway I have questions… and nobody to answer them. I do not think I know a Preterist person other than my husband. I have no one to chat about we are in the Kingdom now.. I believe in the Gifts of the Spirit still operating today by faith. I seen it happen. What I question is all those people who have died and went to hell… I know what they experiance is real to them I wanted your input on that. I had this feeling that everyone goes to heaven but everytime I listen to the Bible it seem clear to me Faith in Jesus saved you. But now I am thinking was that Faith in Jesus would save you from 70AD? What about the gifts of the Apostle, teacher, pastor etc.. was that just till 70ad then was dismantle? Do you recommend any good reading about the church after 70ad what happen?? Thanks for your Blog interesting.

  5. Tracy,

    Here are some resources to help you.

    I’ve written three books:

    I publish five blogs:

    As for chatting, all of these books and blogs have comment mechanisms which allow you to ask questions or make comments at the point they arise.  I monitor all these and will respond as appropriate.

    I also do a daily podcast of reading through the Bible.  You can listen through your browser, or you can subscribe through your smartphone by going to your app store and searching on “mike gantt.”

    As for the specific questions you asked:

    • I do not know much about modern-day (post-biblical) testimonies of near death experiences (NDE’s) – that is, personal descriptions of visits to heaven or hell.  Therefore, I don’t have any insight to share with you about them.  I depend on the Bible for my understanding of the spiritual realm and the afterlife.
    • I have not found much literature about what happened in the church after 70 AD.  Jesus said it would be the time of the world’s greatest tribulation, so it’s not surprising that documentation would be scarce.
    • We live now in the kingdom of God (the day of the Lord, the new heavens and earth, the eternal Sabbath, etc.).  This means that the Holy Spirit is active (Romans 14:17).  The offices of apostle, prophet, etc. are done away, but the children of God have greater potential than all these offices (Matthew 11:11).  Nevertheless, we must be humble lest we fall into the snare of the devil.

    What matters most is keeping the commandments of God (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).  That means trusting and obeying Jesus (Hebrews 5:9).  It’s so simple that most Christians miss it (2 Corinthians 11:3; Matthew 7:14-15).  In other words, Jesus is Lord…and we should live like it (Colossians 2:6).

    Again I say, Jesus is Lord.  And the Bible is the word of God.  From these two truths flow all others.  Follow Him of whom the Bible testifies and you will not stumble (John 5:39-40).

    1. Thanks for your reply. For the Western world it is easy for us as we can go to the store buy a Bible read it and basically be set. This is what I did. I did not learn anything from a Pastor. BUT there are countries who do not have the written word and people who cannot read. Don’t we still need the church to help these people out? I thought the church was here till we reach the fullness(maturity) of Christ. The majority of the church and christians are not walking in the fullness of Christ 🙂

      What is your view on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and their use?

  6. The church still exists – it’s just that it exists as the kingdom of God with the Lord in charge of it. So, it’s not a matter of going to church – it’s a matter of being the church.

    Yes, we who have access to Bibles and can read bear some responsibility that those without access or without the ability to read do not.

    We should encourage fellow Christians and we should put to use whatever gifts we receive from the Holy Spirit.

    Where things start going off course is when we try to organize church – and be in charge of it. Look at organized Christianity – its tens of thousands of denominations – it’s a divided body. The Lord’s body is not divided. We are united – not by some human organizational plan – but by devotion to His name…and He knows who we are! See 2 Timothy 2:19.

    The New Testament church did mature, and thus the kingdom came and was received by those who were worthy of it. Likewise we today should seek to be worthy of it – that is, worthy of Him.

    1. I hear ya 🙂 I heard we had 33,000 different denominations. I do believe we are the church and we take church with us in our daily life. There is a church I stopped in a couple times to check out that I found very interesting. They had no pastor. They had 4 strong Christian men that took turns leading the service. But it was not your typical services it was like a Bible study where you can ask question and basically discuss life and being a Christian. I really enjoyed it. They are taking a whole different look at church. Getting back to small bible study gathering.

  7. Mike Im scared of the know fact that the sun is going to explode and destroy the earth and I dont know how god could do that please help me. Im scared I dont want this all to be gone because the son destrpyed us all and the earth with it.

  8. He’s got the whole world in His hands. You included.

    Here is what the Son said:

    “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” (John 14:27)

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    “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

    1. Its horrifying the pain people will feel when this happens, all people have done to make the world better is worth nothing and there is no hope for anyone because everything is gone. I dont know how thats not scary.

  9. If you want to feel better, read my book The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven. When you’re finished with it, read The Implications of Everyone Going to Heaven. The books are free. Just click on the “Books” link in the menu bar at the top of this page.

    1. I read both books and I do feel better but I still dont understand why earth is destined this way , I have an understanding that hell is on earth but doesn’t god stillfind earth important and useful. Why would he ever destroy it?

  10. Of old You founded the earth,
    And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
    Even they will perish, but You endure;
    And all of them will wear out like a garment;
    Like clothing You will change them and they will be changed.
    But You are the same,
    And Your years will not come to an end.
    The children of Your servants will continue,
    And their descendants will be established before You.”
    – Psalm 102:25-28 (and quoted in Hebrews 1:10-12)

    Creation is like a garment we wear. Clothes don’t last forever, but – by the grace of God – the person in them does. This is why Jesus could say “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).

    Whatever clothes we need, God will graciously supply (Genesis 3:21); there is no need to worry (Matthew 6:25).

  11. “And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, NEITHER LIGHT FROM THE SUN; (emphasis mine) for the Lord God giveth them light: and THEY SHALL REIGN FOR EVER AND EVER.” (again, emphasis mine) Revelation 22:5. So we see that, after the creation of the New Heavens and Earth… What need is there for the Sun anyway, right?! Praise the Lord! We, His Children, will reign with Him for ever and ever.

  12. Hi Mike – I just recently found your writings. Since I was a child I suffered with the concept of eternal conscious torment (ECT). Almost all Christian denominations in the USA have ECT in their doctrinal statement. I could not understand how God, who defines Himself as perfect love, could subject His pitiable, sentient creatures to such a ghastly fate. Furthermore, He instructs us to forgive our enemies while He (so the churches would have us believe) intends to eternally torture His. Further still, Jesus prayed forgiveness for His murders while on the cross – did He mean just the Romans, or did He mean the Jewish leaders, the people and everyone?

    Another deeply troubling idea is that the entire Old Testament scriptures contain no hint of such a doctrine – but we are told (again, by our churches) that the “good news for all people” is that most people will suffer ECT. How is that “good news to all people”? Clearly, ECT is not “love” by any definition, nor is it “just” by any definition – yet people still tell me “yes, God is love … but He is also just”.

    So, I am delighted to find your writings after spending the last few years learning about and coming to believe in Christian Universalism – for God IS love and His love never fails.

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