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May 19 2013

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No heaven or hell? I wouldn't bet on it

We humans struggle with the mystery of life after death. Many people believe they have had a near death experience. Others believe they actually died, but were sent back from Heaven to continue life on earth. I’ve never heard a report of anyone going to Hell and being sent back. Hmm.

I would never challenge another person’s belief that he or she experienced an after-life phenomenon. I, myself, experienced something that probably could be construed as a near-death experience, but that’s a story for another time.

A famous Beatles song begins, “Imagine there’s no Heaven; it’s easy if you try. No Hell below us… above us only earth and sky.” Imagine, indeed. It’s not really as easy as John Lennon tried to make it sound. The Beatles earned lots of money with that song, and, at the same time, probably sewed seeds of doubt in the hearts of many.

John Lennon and George Harrison have now gone on to discover the realities of all realities. If the theme of their song was true, then they flowed into nothingness when they died.

If the song’s premise was wrong (as it most certainly was), then few would trade places with them now. I don’t mean to pick on the Beatles. It is totally acceptable in today’s society to reject biblical teachings and lean upon weak, failed human intellect, but people do so at their own peril.

Atheists believe they can destroy Christianity be removing its symbols, such as the Ten Commandments or a nativity scene, from their presence. The Bible tells us in Psalms, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” People who reject the possibility of a living God who created us and all there is, are perfectly willing accept the idea that a loud bang, created out of nothing, p

roduced all that exists in the Universe.

Still others believe themselves to be too intelligent to believe in or depend upon anything or anyone other than themselves. They express that believing in God is only a silly crutch used by the weak to gain substance in their lives, since they have little or now control of their destiny.

Many in this group believe that, by eating the right foods, protecting their “Mother” earth, and helping social causes, they can live forever, and never be held to account for sins in their lives.

The Bible tells us that we are to be good stewards of the earth and its assets, but not to worship them. It also tells us that we have no real control of any facet of our lives.

The Bible clearly expresses the existence of both Heaven and Hell. Jesus gives a parable about a rich man who died and was buried and in Hell, being in torment. He cried out for mercy, and for Lazarus to come and, “Dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.”

God’s word tells us that we are all sinners, and payment for our sin is death. Jesus Christ died and paid the price for our sin, then rose from the dead. He offers eternal life to all who receive His precious gift. A person once stated that he couldn’t believe that God could condemn to Hell those in remote areas and have no chance to hear His word. But, Romans 1 tells us, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”

So, to paraphrase common law, ignorance of the Lord is no excuse

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