Living with no standards and limitations – this is what almost everybody wants. But then, everybody knows there’s no absolute freedom. Our mind is a prisoner itself – prisoner to the battle of many philosophies in life, what to believe and what not to believe. And the biggest, or rather most common question is about the existence of a god. It’s an immortal discussion. Science and religious sectors have laid all their best points, arguments and premises many times and yet, for the respect of each other’s belief, leave it dead.
On afterlife, I took note of Jessica Zafra‘s question (Twisted Travels) after throwing a sceptic view on evangelists on buses “…what if there’s no afterlife? What if this is it?”. The magic of “what if” always makes us wonder and ask the same questions to ourselves. I, even a Christian, took a few seconds to ponder on her question and found myself bouncing back these questions: “But what if there is? What if our life is just a pathetic dot compared to the eternity that awaits us (eternal damnation or eternal paradise)? What is then safer to believe?”.
The concept of hell annoys most people and makes them think that they are being subject to prejudice when the topic is at hand. They want to evade it. Apparently, not liking the idea mirrors their fear of it. They don’t want to be thrown to hell, ironically though, they refuse to do something about it. They reject the offer of not going to hell: to believe and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, surrender their lives to Him, follow Him. The layers of our modern society’s opinions and perspectives have wrapped the Bible as an urban legend or just a myth. They ignore both eternal damnation and the available salvation which leaves them troubled. Whether they admit it or not, the thought of DEATH bothers them. They wouldn’t want to talk about it because they aren’t certain of anything, on what lies ahead after they die. So this is what they’d do: Hold on to what the pop culture/society says that they ought to live their lives to the fullest – YOLO (You Only Live Once)! I’m not a hater of YOLO concept, only if taken this way:
Sadly, they would take it as to live their lives by exploring all the possibilities, create selfish ambitions, try whatever that would push them to their limits like money, alcohol, drugs, sex, and the list goes on…until they find themselves a shipwreck, helpless, destroyed beyond words. However, I can’t put the blame on them. The mystery of belief and disbelief of the Gospel is stated in the book of Romans and 1 Corinthians (see related verses below). We do not boast of this as if to condemn the world, instead, God‘s amazing grace humbles us. It makes us understand His sovereign plans and His salvation. Salvation wouldn’t have been possible if not for His grace.
It is better to be certain on what you believe in than not to be certain of anything at all. I recall what our pastor said in one of his teachings, Satan uses the popular culture to dictate what the people should believe in, obviously LIES. And these are his two best bullets: (1) There is no beginning and (2) there is no end. The first one obviously refers to the Creation. Of course, Satan is clever enough to take this strategy because if men would believe that there is no creation, it would equate to “there is no creator at all”. The second one refers to judgement. Satan hates this word because he knows what awaits him. Nevertheless, he would love to deceive himself by his own lies, poor him. Judgement is certain (as what the bible says in Hebrews 9:27 “And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment…” and 1Peter 4:17 “For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”). But then again, I expect people would ask “What if there’s no God, no Satan, no beginning, no end? Dump that judgement. YOLO!”
1 Corinthians 2:7, “but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory.”
Romans 11:33, “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!”
1Corinthians 1:21, “Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.”
Romans 2:6-10 “He will judge everyone according to what they have done. He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness. There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile.”
*The Wisdom of God and the Wisdom of Man – http://bible.org/seriespage/wisdom-god-and-wisdom-man-romans-1125-36
*God’s Eternal Decree – http://bible.org/seriespage/god%E2%80%99s-eternal-decree-romans-829