Return to the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus.
Think of two men, each having to jump without warning from an airplane because the plane is going down. Both are wearing parachutes. Then one of them reminds the other, alerting him to the fact that there are a lot of fake and defective parachutes on the market. People have been jumping to their deaths fully expecting their parachutes to work and it didn't. Fear sets in, time is too short and it is too late to check your parachute now. You have to jump because the airplane is going down. Can you imagine living a life like that? Wouldn’t it make sense to check the parachutes well in advance and be sure? Of course! the answer is YES!!
Life is similar my dear friends. The airplane of life is going down for everyone. Every one lives by their own beliefs about God and life after death. Some believe that their good deeds will get them to heaven "if" there is a heaven. Many others believe, there is nothing after death. No one takes the time to check if the parachutes they are trusting in really works or not.
Yet people get very defensive about their beliefs. They are easily offended. They tend to cling stubbornly -- and even fearfully -- to whatever hope their religious beliefs give them. They point to their life experiences or someone else’s experiences, their charitable works, their renowned and gifted teachers, their tradition handed down to them from generations or culture or mission statements, and so forth, never willing to consider that they could be unprepared to meet their Maker and end up eternally separated from Him in spite of all of these things.
They express their imaginations of God in sculptured images of stone and wood and make gods for themselves. They buy idols from the marketplace which they themselves created, and then they treat them as gods and live in fear of the very idol they themselves made. Some others live in a so called agnostic state hoping that should there really be a God, then they should be fine because their good deeds outweigh their sins. The fear of potentially being wrong doesn't let them even consider how foolish this is!
They will pay scrupulous attention to their investments, their retirement funds, their business interests, their perceived insurance needs, their properties and many other facets of their lives nothing of which they can take with them after this life, yet they will stubbornly and blindly cling to their beliefs, betting their souls on a faith they will not honestly examine, even if it means eternal damnation. Intelligent, smart and well educated people do not want to check if their parachutes are working fine. Why is this? Wouldn't it make sense to research, study and find out the truth to ensure we are making the right choice now before we die?
It breaks my heart to think that when they do realize, there will be no turning back. What if; God forbid your life ended here and you stepped through the door of death into the next realm and then found out, every belief you held on to with fear and pride up until now, was not true after all? Then there's no turning back. Don't you think it is worthwhile to invest some time in examining eternity, life after death and ensuring you are indeed on the right path?
1 John 5:13 - I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
It is possible to know if you are on the right path right now. Imagine the peace of having that assurance.
Friend, if you are one such person gripped with fear or uncertainty, then know this that Jesus loves you. He laid down His own life for your sins so that your sins can be erased and you can be reconciled to God. God doesn't condemn you or find you guilty anymore because His son Jesus bore your sins and died in your place. The price has been paid on your behalf. There is no need for you to try and earn your way into heaven. Simply accept this message and receive Him into your life as Lord and savior and fear will flee from your life. You will experience an instant peace come over you. The true God in whom you also believe really does exist; He Himself will come and live inside of you. With His presence in you and His guidance and grace, your life will begin to change. Thereafter, you will not need me or anyone else to convince you about the truth. You will yourself be a living testimony to His glory.
If you went to a restaurant for the first time, ate their food and you LOVE their food incredibly, no one needs to tell you to advertise that restaurant. You will tell all your friends yourself so that they can go and enjoy the food too isn't it? I am doing the same. I have tasted and seen that the Lord is good. I was like any of you before, following my family traditions, beliefs and religious rituals. Read my story here.
Friend, You are an intelligent individual. You can live as you want to of course. I am asking you to examine your faith. Ask questions. Ask yourself why you believe what you believe. Is there any truth to it? Is there any evidence? Is there a living testimony of a transformed life? Why is there fear in my life? Why do I have to face hardship, sicknesses and poverty? Ask questions my dear brother/sister. I am only asking you not to blindly follow traditions. Your eternal life is at stake. Eternal life is eternal...which means it never ends. There are only two options. You either end up in heaven in the presence of God or in hell separated from God....forever. Forever is a really long time and you will be alive with all feelings and memories intact forever, except in the wrong place. It is critical you get this right and make the right decision because you only get this lifetime to figure it out. And who knows, how long this "lifetime" really is.
My life was transformed when I got to know the truth. Read my testimony here.
I was radically transformed by the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ back in 1997 in a most unusual way and unusual place. Read my testimony here. Over the years I have come to realize a few basic truths that have altered my life.
True freedom is freedom from self-centeredness. Dying to yourself, your wants, your desires and to what gives you pleasure for the sake of others is more liberating than you think.