Most people commonly accept the idea that we should not discuss politics, or religion, when with mixed company. Ironically enough, the media has little issue sharing their views with us over and over no matter how little we want to hear it… but, I digress. Another subject that rarely gets spoken about, even in familiar company, is death. Death tends to be that one subject that lingers in the back of our mind (more so the older one gets), yet no one actually talks about it. In my own family, most only seem to talk about it when someone actually dies… save for my Dad.
The vast majority of Americans believe in an afterlife, and/or that the soul lives forever. And, a 60%+ majority believe in God. Yet few people have a solid grasp of what that picture looks like. Most believe they are good people going to heaven. While they have done a few bad things, God will certainly hand waive those, and welcome them in.
Most of these views originate from their own opinions, with little, if any, reference to any outside source on the subject. This contrasts with a recent Gallop poll stating 75% of Americans claim that the they believe that the Bible is the Word of God. I say that this contrasts because the Bible paints a completely different picture of man in the judgment of the afterlife. Romans 3 says, “as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;” and that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The book of Hebrews reminds us “it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.”
Jesus spoke more about hell, than heaven. He shared strong warnings with those who would listen. He cautioned that many would think they are destined for heaven, but would find they are wrong. He said in Matthew 7, “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23″And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.”
Many people live by their own moral compass. They define morality their own way, without seeking God and His ways. no matter how well intentioned, this is the very definition of lawlessness, as we ignore the one true law-giver. The bible warns us that those who do not seek God, but their idea of righteousness will end up in Hell. For, even if someone does some good things, it does not offset the bad, despite what people may say about Karma. If you break a felony law, a police officer WILL arrest you no matter HOW much good you have done. Kill someone in cold blood, and you will go to prison for a long time no matter how much you donated to homeless shelters. Since we have all sinned multiple times, we are all destined to Hell.
God does love us, and for those who seek Him, forgiveness, and enternity with Him, awaits. John 3 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” In Matthew, Jesus says, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25″For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Are you ready to lay down YOUR life, YOUR rights, YOUR ways and seek Him? If you do this sincerely, God will answer you. Jesus said in Matthew, “”Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8″For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.…”
Choose this day whom YOU will serve. If you have questions, I’m happy to assist by God’s grace. You can use the comment area below, or email me at jcservant at cyberlightcomics dot com.