There’s this ongoing dialogue between two bloggers that has me intrigued.
One of the bloggers is a devout Christian, and the other … isn’t.
They have both been debating about the life they decided to follow, and each has expressed their own view point with the hope that the other will see their viewpoint more clearly, and maybe that will happen someday…but based on my 43 years of experience in dealing with people…I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
Recently, a comment was made by the non-Christian that struck a cord in my heart and resonated to the depths of my soul.
That comment was this…
“…but I am comfortable with my level of sinning plus I do not think I want eternal life.”
First off, and let me be VERY clear about this…
NOT ONE PERSON on this Earth should ever be “comfortable” with any level of sinning.
Sin is anti-good, anti-righteous, anti-holy, anti-loving, anti-positive, anti-truth and it’s what keeps humans from living a life of pure contentment and pure joy.
Most of all…sin is temporary and its desire is for every human being on this planet to turn away from the true love of God who created us to be in HIS image.
Sin destroys, sin lies, sin hates, sin corrupts, sin confines, sin is UNcontrollable and for those reasons it’s extremely disappointing to hear someone admit they are “comfortable with their level of sinning”, but I understand why some people would say that. It’s because of their ignorance of the subject. They don’t realize they are in bondage and slavery to the thing that is master over their mind, body and soul.
The second part of that comment, “plus I do not think I want eternal life,” was very disheartening as well, but I understand why they said it. They don’t know the God I know and therefore think that God is a hard, difficult, authoritative, unkind, judgmental God and because they have that belief, they don’t want to spend any time with Him in this life or the life thereafter.
Sadly, they have believed the lies that the evil one has told them and have failed to recognize the God of Heaven, the creator of all things as the loving, merciful and compassionate God that He is.
That He’s a God of forgiveness and that He doesn’t hold our sins and trespasses against us when we come to Him by faith. They refuse to believe in Him as the Father of all things and fail to understand that because we have sinned, He has every right (as any truly loving father would) to judge humans and discipline humans according to His righteousness and holiness. That means there are consequences to your sinful actions, thoughts and words.
However, in God’s great mercy, He made the decision long ago to save the world through Himself.
This is a concept that many humans don’t want to accept or believe in…that Jesus was conceived of by the Holy Spirit and born a man but remained in the Father while He preached the lovingkindness of God while living among His own creation…then He sacrificed His life…the life of God Himself, so that the Father would be able to reconcile the world back unto Himself through His Son.
because no one has greater love than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
And because nothing can ever defeat God, Jesus was raised from the dead by His own hand and all who look upon Jesus with the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things unseen, would be saved from death into an eternal life with, by and through God and Jesus.
But humans don’t want to be “controlled”. They don’t want to live by “rules”, so they think living in sin (disobedience and rebellion) is freedom, but it’s far from that. It’s slavery and bondage to the very thing that will destroy them.
God is Life, Love, Kindness, Mercy, Compassion, Hope, Truth, Righteousness, Holiness…
Sin is hate, idolatry, lies, murder, filth, selfishness, corruption, destruction, death…
You have a choice…continue to live in bondage/slavery to sin and know that the outcome is a horrible one … OR … turn away from it and look at Jesus and He’ll show you God the Father and you can live in Bondage to Righteousness and Holiness with the outcome being life and abundant joy with an inheritance to an eternal kingdom.
It’s pretty pathetic to choose sin and death over Righteousness and Life, but sadly many are they who choose the path of destruction because they just can’t get past their own stupidity and foolishness.
How pathetic is that? — I’ll leave you to debate that question with yourself.