Editor’s Note: If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that our constant goal is to bring you newsworthy information from many different sources. Our focus is always the USA first, and then the rest of the world…not for any other reason than that we happen to live and work in the USA. Today, however, as we do occasionally, we’d like to use as a source of content something that’s Straight From The Heart.
Let’s assume for the purposes of today’s post this one thing: God is real.
Will you grant us that liberty? Regardless of your own current faith status, just bear with us and assume today that God is real. That means we also have to assume, by default, that the Bible is a book of truth. Cover to cover. It also means we have to assume that hell is real, because hell is spoken of very often in the Bible. And if hell is real, then a chief devil named Satan and a myriad of demons are also real. Okay? Can we make those assumptions as we start this blog today?
Most people who enter Heaven enter by the front door. Somewhere along life’s path they meet the Savior, they learn about Him from the pages of the Bible, and they decide they want to follow Him from this life to the promised eternal life.
We have long been convinced, however, that Heaven also has a back door. We’re also convinced that it really doesn’t matter which door you use to enter Heaven. The point is to get there and enter in. You’re invited no matter which door you use. If the Bible is true (as per our governing assumptions), and if our promised eternal life is going to be as wonderful as the Bible says it is (the Bible says it’s going to be more wonderful than we can possibly imagine!), then we can use the front door or the back door to get there, but we must GET THERE! Heaven is not to be missed!
For our purposes today, let’s describe Heaven’s back door as any entrance other than its front door, the one described above.
Do you believe hell exists? (Don’t forget that we are assuming it does.) Or let’s back up a step and ask this question instead: DO YOU BELIEVE EVIL EXISTS?
It’s completely impossible NOT to believe in evil. We see it around us at a level today that has not been apparent in this world before, ever. We will go so far as to say that the level of evil in the world today is so great as to be obviously inspired. Inspired by evil’s source, the chief evilist named Satan.
ISIS is evil. Islam is a religion inspired by the devil himself. Radical Islam would just as soon behead you as talk to you. Sooner, in fact. ISIS has absolutely no reverence for life, only death. Islam promises dozens of virgins to the men who reach the afterlife. What does it promise Islamic women? Absolutely nothing but a continuation of the servitude they endure on earth.
Life in the USA is becoming more saturated with evil continually. We used to be a kind people, citizens who would not hesitate to do something nice for our friends, neighbors, and family. Today we seem to think only of ourselves. We go through life today totally self-absorbed, staring at our little cellphone screens as if there is nothing quite so interesting anywhere else on the planet. We don’t talk much anymore, just text. Hate to be the one to break this to you, but Heaven won’t have any cellphones. Not one. They won’t be needed. In Heaven we’ll communicate so easily, so effortlessly that we’ll be amazed by what we never were able to do on earth. Heaven is all about relationships. The level of communication between Heaven’s residents, and God and its residents, will absolutely amaze us and thrill us. Eternally.
When we’re not on our cellphones here today, what are we doing? Watching TV. Going online. Focusing on self. We turn on the TV to get another download of probably fake news. We watch our politicians and athletes and CEOs try to avoid the spotlight of another indiscretion or disrespectful exhibition of selfishness. We watch another sitcom in which the situations are contrived, the laughs are at our own expense, and the characters have no character.
Does it not seem to you, at least once in a while, that stupidity today is truly epidemic? Late night TV is the bottom of the barrel in the world of entertainment. Stephen Colbert is the most popular and probably the dumbest way to end the day that we have ever seen. He can do nothing but trash our president; in his mind there is nothing so funny as the guy in the White House. Colbert to us looks dumber each time he tries to tell us, over and over again, that we got it all wrong in the last election. Mr. Trump, on the other hand, is making Colbert look like the idiot he is for his obsessive nastiness and mindless drivel on the same subject night after night. (If Hillary ever gets terminally tired of Bubba, she and Colbert would make a great pair.) Hell to us would be endlessly watching late-night TV and its parade of self-absorbed guests.
Hollywood keeps giving us more evil entertainment. Its movies and TV shows are all of the same genre. Murder, rape, and mayhem. We know from watching the latest Harvey Weinstein mayhem edition that Hollywood lives what its own product promotes. Hollywood has no morals, no respect for anything but self. Do whatever you want. Harvey Weinstein got away with it for years because although everyone knew what kind of selfish monster he was, no one wanted to go on record as one who was willing to speak out against him and his lifestyle of taking advantage of others.
Speaking of monsters, we have another one today in North Korea. Kim takes advantage of his entire citizenry in order to further his aims of what? World domination? Give us a break. North Koreans suffer, starve, and die so Kim can direct his country’s assets toward missiles and military gear. Another small-minded guy with nothing to offer the world but more pain and evil.
We apologize to you if this seems like a rant. It’s meant to seem more like a series of observations. Our point is to help you understand that you can see Biblical reality all around you today. If the only way you can see it is in the level of evil in the world around you, that’s okay…that’s just as valid as seeing the good, or the truth, or the fulfilled prophecies. To live in today’s world and see nothing but its physical reality is a hard way to live. For a lot of people the physical reality of the creation around them is what pointed them to God in the first place, but even those people are a comparatively small number. If nothing gets you going in the morning except your alarm clock, we truly feel sorry for you.
LIVING FOR THE LINE, NOT THE DOT
Life on earth is a dot. It begins. It ends. It’s unbelievably brief.
It’s not only unending, it’s joyful. Life in Heaven will be suffused, saturated with joy. The Bible says Jesus endured the cross “for the joy that was set before Him.” (Hebrews 12:2) Our Savior, the Son of God, willingly submitted to the most gruesome, ghastly form of death that the mind of man ever devised. He did it for you, in the hope you would accept the eternal salvation His death, and His resurrection, provides.
At the very least you owe it to yourself and to Him to investigate that magnificent gift. Spend a little time in your Bible and learn more about this man who was willing (and able) to give us such an unbelievable gift. (If you don’t have a Bible, call 1.800.800.0171 to request one. Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be our gift to you.)
Your eternity is guaranteed. But that eternity will either wonderful or woeful. The only way to make your eternity wonderful is to accept the gift and embrace the Giver. That is very easy to do when you KNOW the Giver. All you need to do is to learn about Him from the superb and divine book called the Word of God, the Bible.
Most people expend more effort planning a one-week vacation than they do planning for their eternity.
Don’t miss a wonderful eternity just to have a good time on a short vacation.
Stop living for the dot, and start living for the line.
As always, posted for your edification and enlightenment by
NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis