I saw this posting this morning and it’s short and sweet and to the point. I’m not going to link to this site but will publish it in its entirety and maybe interact with it and allow you to interact with it as well.
“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
That’s right. All you have to do to go straight to eternal punishment after a life of religion is to fail to stand for biblical doctrine. So, just be nice and make sure everybody likes you.
While the article might be true and I say might because not everyone who is nice towards others is hell bound. If that were the case than Paul’s words to Timothy were blasphemous.
2Timothy 2:23-26 (emphasis mine)
Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
Peter shared a similar statement below;
1Peter 3:15-16 (emphasis mine)
but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.
Both texts share a similar word “prautus” which is used for the word “gentleness”. This word generally means the quality of not being overly impressed by a sense of one’s self-importance, gentleness, humility, courtesy, considerateness, meekness
I don’t believe the writer of the posting in italics follows Peter and Paul’s command and defines “nice” the way they did. In fact most of us, including me have not done a very good job being “nice”. I know there were times I could have been more “nicer” to my opponents. I’m sure you can all say the same thing.
While we may not all share the same definiton of the word “nice”, at least this side of heaven, we should all pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help us all be “nice” at all time toward all men. Amen?