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The Tragedy Of Heath Ledger: Without Jesus Christ One Has Nothing

Posted by Job on January 24, 2008

(C) Copyright 2008, Bill Keller Ministries. All rights reserved.

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(Luke 14:23; Titus 1:16; Galatians 6:1-12 )

You can have it all by the standards of this world, but without Jesus, you
have NOTHING! The world is mourning today the loss of a great actor, Heath
Ledger. At just 28 years old and with an already impressive list of acting
credits on his resume including an Oscar nomination, Ledger was a major star
in the movie industry. Like many of the stars in the entertainment
industry, he was also very troubled. His battle with heroin led to the
break-up last September with actress-girlfriend Michelle Williams who is the
mother of their 2-year-old daughter. Reports are that he battled with
depression and insomnia. It really makes you at least wonder how much
affect playing some of the dark roles he did, the gay cowboy in “Brokeback
Mountain,” a heroin addict in the movie, “Candy,” and his latest role as the
dark and macabre Joker in the newest “Batman” movie to be released this
summer, had on his real life.

Sadly, there is no hint of any faith in Ledger’s life. He recently spoke of
death in an interview, dealing with the subject from the typical perspective
of someone who sees death as simply the end of life. Like so many in the
entertainment field, their faith is in themselves and in this fleeting life
that ends sooner than anyone expects it to. The cold hard reality of this
life is that it will end one day for each of us. Usually before we are
ready for it to end. At that moment, in that instant, we will immediately
be standing before God our Creator. God is not going to be interested that
we were a successful Hollywood actor or whatever our profession may have
been. The only thing God will be interested in is do we have a personal
relationship with Jesus by faith, nothing else.

Please take a moment today and pray for Heath Ledger’s family, friends, and
many fans. I pray that his untimely death will be a reminder to all of how
brief this life really is. I pray that those who mourn his loss will find
the comfort and strength of Christ and that they will turn their lives to
Him. If you have not accepted Christ into your heart and life yet, the
Bible says that today is the day of salvation. I would invite you to go to
my website, www.liveprayer.com and click on the button that says PLAN OF
SALVATION (direct link: www.liveprayer.com/bdy_salvatn.html ). Read those
words, pray that prayer, and accept today God’s gift to you, the gift of His
son Jesus.

Knowing that there is the better percentage of two full generations living
today that don’t go to church, were not raised in a Christian home, and have
no spiritual foundation to their lives, I am motivated daily to bring these
people the Truth of God’s Word and the hope and love of Christ before they
fall into the hands of the many cults and false religions that exist today.
Let me help you understand something. When man sinned and his relationship
with God was broken, there became a void in man that only God can fill. Deep
down, sinful man knows something is missing in his life, something that the
things of this world can’t fill, and he begins a search to fill that void.

Everyone who lives has to deal with the trials, the pain, the challenges of
living in this sinful and fallen world. Those who have no spiritual
foundation to their life will spend their teen and young adult years trying
to fill that spiritual void with the things this world promotes such as
alcohol, drugs, relationships, sex, money, career, material possessions, and
all the other temporal things of this life. It is usually when a person hits
their 30s that they realize that the things this world offers simply do not
fill that void they have in their life. That is why during their 30s and 40s
so many people begin to explore the spiritual side of their life.

Those of us who know Jesus Christ as our Savior, who know the Truth of God’s
Word, have the ONLY answer these people are looking for. That void in their
life is there due to their broken relationship with God their Creator and
can only be filled by being reconnected to God their Creator thru faith in
His Son Jesus Christ. What upsets me more than anything else is to watch the
cults and false religions of the world boldly and aggressively market
themselves to the lost and hurting in this world as the answer they are
looking for. They don’t do this by creating their own subculture and hoping
people will come to them, they actively go out and pursue people, using the
resources of this world to reach them with their lies and false hope.

Let me be blunt. While we have become content with building beautiful
buildings with all the modern conveniences and technologies of the world for
our people to enjoy, while we have set up our own TV, radio, music, and
publishing empires to preach to ourselves, the cults of the world like the
Mormons, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Kaballah, Scientology, Moon’s Unification
Church, the false religions of the world like Islam, Buddhism, B’hai, Hindu,
and the many New Age philosophies, are reaching out to the lost and hurting
in this world through secular TV, radio, music, advertising, and publishing
vehicles that reach the world’s masses each day.

We have forgotten that Jesus told us to, “Go out into the highways and
hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” (Luke
14:23 KJV) At some point it became too much work to go out and reach people
and much more financially profitable to simply preach to the choir. So we
abandoned the world, retreated to the subculture we created for ourselves to
enjoy, and in the process have left the souls of men to the scavengers of
satan who are having a field day leading the lost into eternal damnation,
while we sit in our $20 million buildings singing about going to Heaven.

SHAME ON US, AND GOD WILL JUDGE US!

One of the fastest growing cults today is Scientology. As I have shared with
you in the past, cults and false religions are nothing new to the time we
are living in. Man has been trying to find ways to fill that void created by
his broken relationship with God since the very beginning. You don’t go too
many chapters into the Book of Genesis until you come to the story of the
Tower of Babel. That story is literally about men who decided to create
their own religion. The cults and false religions of this world are all
traced back to the hearts and minds of men who lived in rebellion to God.

The Mormon cult came from the imagination of that pedophile murderer Joe
Smith, another pedophile murderer Mohamed dreamed up what we know of today
as Islam, Mary Baker Eddy created the Christian Science cult out of her
blackened heart, and Charles Taze Russell created the Jehovah’s Witness
cult. Every cult and false religion can be traced back to a man who lived
his life in rebellion to God and created the cult or false religion out of
his imagination. The Truth, the Christian faith actually started in the
Garden of Eden and comes directly from God Himself, the very God who created
the heavens and earth and made man in His own image.

I am always amused at people who reject the story of Christ and God’s simple
plan to redeem fallen man, yet buy into the wild theology of cults like
Mormonism and Scientology. Christianity requires that you use your God-given
intelligence to make the choice to accept Christ as your Savior based on
reality. Cults like Mormonism and Scientology require that you abandoned all
intelligence and blindly believe wild stories based on no facts. I have to
be honest with you, I will never have enough faith to believe the fantasies
of Mormonism or Scientology, but many who are hurting and lost and looking
to fill that spiritual void in their life, will.

I love you and care about you so much. I pray that you will not neglect the
commandment we have from our Lord to share the hope and love of Christ and
the Truth of His Word with those you meet along your journey. The Lord
didn’t sit in a church and wait for people to come to Him, HE WENT TO THEM!
Christ is our example and we need to not only follow His example but His
words to, “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in,
that my house may be filled.” (Luke 14:23 KJV)

This is not complicated. We have the better percentage of two full
generations of people out there who have never been to church. They are
living their lives void of Christ and His Truth. We know they have a
spiritual void that at some point they will try to fill. That is why now
more than ever we need to be bold and aggressive in letting people know that
there is only ONE TRUTH in this world, there is only ONE ANSWER for their
problems, and there is only ONE WAY to fill that void in their life…FAITH
IN JESUS CHRIST!

God’s desire is that none be lost, that all come to repentance. May that
become our desire as well. Those who follow cults like Mormonism and
Scientology are on a conveyor belt to hell. Let us bring them the Truth of
God’s Word and the hope and love of Christ, so that they can get off before
it is too late and get on the conveyor belt to HEAVEN!!!

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller bkeller@liveprayer.com

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die one day. At that moment, you will either spend eternity with the Lord or
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19 Responses to “The Tragedy Of Heath Ledger: Without Jesus Christ One Has Nothing”

  1. LorMarie said

    Heath Ledger was one of my many crushes. So young, so handsome, so sad… I didn’t notice any hint of faith either. Hopefully, I just didn’t notice it, but that is likely wishful thinking on my part. The worst part of it all…to die without Christ.

  2. Kenny Woo said

    Frankly this post sickens me. I have spent 90% of my life as a Christian, and in that time I have seen numerous suicides amongst my fellow believers. I have seen pedophilia, divorces, theft, hypocrisy, suicides, shunning, death, etc. BUT, if only everyone else can be more like YOU and worship like YOU, everything would be better (yes, read: Sarcasm). What a Pharasaic comment: “`God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.” Luke 18:11

    But then I read at the top of your page of “demons this” and “demons that.” Do you really believe in this @#$%? There are NO demons, there are NO goblins, there are NO faeries, there are only gullible people willing to believe in the ridiculous.

  3. Eden Hadassah said

    Hey Job…

    Westboro Baptist is at it again with their hateful ways! They are going to try and picket Heath Ledgers funeral!
    Here is the article:

    http://www.abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=4183635&page=1

  4. Ronald said

    Charles Taze Russell did not “create” the Jehovah’s Witnesses. He neither believed in such an organization nor the beliefs of that organization. He believed in both Jesus and his God; he was not at all in rebellion to either. His endeavor to was to show what God revealed through the scriptures and what man has by tradition added to and read into the scriptures.

    <a href=”http://ctr.reslight.net”http://ctr.reslight.net

  5. Charles said

    So, Woo what faith do you profess? You don’t come accross as a christian, though you claim to have been one 90% of your life. Please tell me what faith exist that exempt it’s believers from life events that are common to all men? Come on Woo, you call it.

  6. LorMarie said

    Charles,

    He seems like the type that would describe himself as an ex-Christian or ex-xtian if I am not mistaken.

    Ken Woo,

    I’ve seen many of the things you have but came to a different conclusion other than atheism or secular humanism. As long as we are human beings, there will always be tragedy, crime, etc. Not everyone sees it the same way you or even I do.

  7. Job said

    Ken Woo:

    Lots of personal attacks, but no attempts to refute any of the points. Typical.

  8. Charles D. said

    LorMarie, Job:

    I only Kenny W. to tell me about the 10% part of his now life. That seem to have been his “break-away” move. I have to assume that 90% of his time was spent doing the things he now detest in a major way. That or he started with the 10% and is now a christian, or, could that be? He’s not clear on anything except his uncler thought process.

    I think he need some serious, industrail strength counseling and self-love therapy.

    Charles

  9. Kenny Woo said

    Charles: Please tell me what faith exist that exempt it’s believers from life events that are common to all men? Come on Woo, you call it.

    Reply: No faith will make you exempt from fatalities such as I mentioned. This is why it is especially devious or silly to assert that “Without Jesus Christ One Has Nothing.”

  10. Kenny Woo said

    Charles: He’s not clear on anything except his uncler thought process.

    Reply: Excuse me!!?? What is “unclear” about stating that Christians fall victim to many of the same problems non-Christians do? Talk about unclear though process.

    What am I now? If you move your mouse over my name, it clearly states that I am a Secular Humanist.

  11. Charles said

    Woo: “What am I now? If you move your mouse over my name, it clearly states that I am a Secular Humanist.”

    That’s really strange, because when I mark your name with my cursor, it states you’re lost, the same as before. If there is to be a redeeming quality for you as oppse to others; you are short and to the point which I admire and wish Karl and other writers of Manifestos would follow your lead.

    Charles

  12. Kenny Woo said

    No Charles, I am not lost. I do not need to be saved, and “sin” is an artificial invention.

  13. Charles said

    Interesting you should say that. I know that sin exist and is therefore real. If it is not real to you, then, how do you account for spending 90% of your life as a “christian.” Are you a slow learber?

    AND! What is another name for the crimes that you enumerate in your January 25th posting? Chas

  14. Charles said

    Kenny, I’m traveling right now and it might be later before getting where I’m going, but, don’t let that stop you from responding to my question, I will be on late tonight. Chas

  15. Kenny Woo said

    As Dan Barker says of sin: “The very concept of sin comes from the bible. Christianity offers to solve a problem of its own making! Would you be thankful to a person who cut you with a knife in order to sell you a bandage?”

    C: AND! What is another name for the crimes that you enumerate in your January 25th posting?

    Reply: A sin is a transgression of divine law. Since gods don’t exist, there are really no sins. People are prone to do bad things, but these are not sins or actions taken in defiance of a deity.

    C: how do you account for spending 90% of your life as a “christian.” Are you a slow learber [sic]?

    Reply: People rarely change worldviews. At some point though I could no longer pretend that what I was teaching was true.

  16. Charles D. said

    Hey Kenny. Who is Dan Barker? The fact that you would place “store” in what he says is kind od telling. Not about you, mind you, but rather, about the state that you are in right now.

    What’s interesting to me, atr the facts that as a description, you use such words as “divine law,” “deity” and “true” without realizing that by default who and what you are acknowledging. What you should examine is/are the very last episode or experience that involved you at the time you came to the realization that you could not believe what you were teaching.

    You sound like a truly likeable person. That said, yesterday, I started to mention, but, stayed, that all of the “Secular Humanists,” that I ever have met, were my university professors. Would you be one, perhaps?

    Charles

  17. Charles D. said

    Off for 3 hours, but, respond anyway, check you on my way to the labor factory.

    Chas

  18. Kenny Woo said

    Hi Charles

    >>Hey Kenny. Who is Dan Barker? The fact that you would place “store” in what he says is kind od telling. Not about you, mind you, but rather, about the state that you are in right now.

    Reply: I am not in any “state of mind,” and this is something I have found rather insulting and degrading when talking with Christians, even my relatives. It seems because I don’t think like them anymore, there must then be something wrong with me. I am made to be somehow deluded. This is very belittling.

    >>What you should examine is/are the very last episode or experience that involved you at the time you came to the realization that you could not believe what you were teaching.

    Reply: My realization was that my beliefs did not match the facts. It became apparent to me that Christians have a distorted view of the world and history and science.

    >>You sound like a truly likeable person. That said, yesterday, I started to mention, but, stayed, that all of the “Secular Humanists,” that I ever have met, were my university professors. Would you be one, perhaps?

    Reply: Well thank you Charles, but I am not a lettered person.

  19. Charles said

    Kenny:

    Whether you know it, admit it, or even like it:

    “Reply: I am not in any “state of mind,” and this is something I have found rather insulting and degrading when talking with Christians, even my relatives.”

    Is not an appropriate response to what I have said in my comments to you, and quite frankly, I’m offended by your retort. Get screwed!

    Charles

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