If only…

“…and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might” (2 Thess. 1:7-9). People who do not believe in God have little concern for the future.  Their refusal to hear and accept the word of God leaves them in a precarious position, though, even if they deny that reality.  Denying something does not negate its existence, no matter how firm that belief is.

It is easy for them to say He does not exist, but when the Day of Judgment comes, they will be found wanting and only have the “punishment of eternal destruction” to look forward to.  Of course, they choose not to believe, not because of the lack of evidence, but because of the lack of foresight or even intelligence.  What I mean by that is that Christianity is an intellectual faith that speaks of a future.  It is not as if there is no credible evidence for the existence of God for them to study and come to a conclusion to.  But, when it comes to wanting to live a sinful life, “ignorance is bliss” rules the day.  I wish they would take the time to understand the danger of what awaits them if they are wrong.  It is also doubtful that they really understand what “forever” or “eternity” means.

As mortal, linear human beings, we are unable to understand that time will have no end, ever.  If we could, I think we would be much more inclined to make sure we are on the right side of eternity.  In other words, we basically have three ultimate destinies as humans.  Firstly, if no God exists, we will die and then simply cease to exist. If that were the case, forever would have no consequence since we would obviously not be aware of anything.  It is this belief that the majority of the world subscribes to.  The second and third options are closely connected because they are religious in nature.  Faithful, obedient believers will find themselves in heaven forever, whereas unrepentant sinners will find themselves in hell…forever.  Unfortunately for the first group, not believing in God does not make Him any less real or the consequences of unbelief any less devastating.

Denial of the existence of God is as absurd as believing the sun isn’t shining because it is cloudy or nighttime.  You can believe whatever you want, but the sun is shining, and if you aren’t careful, its heat can cause you great pain.  Deny Him if you like, but the Day of Judgment will come, and you will be rewarded for what you did on earth.  Matt. 13:47-50, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad.  So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth <forever>.”

And one more thing, no matter how strong your denial is, there will come a day that you will be forced to face the reality of God.  Rom. 14:11, “for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”  If only they would look at the evidence; if only they would understand their choice has eternal consequences; If only they would make the right choice.

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