Ignorance – This is the first hurdle that we face when we talk about the everlasting life. People just do not know what is on the other side, and this is why they feel uncomfortable when we talk about that.
These are other results of the survey by the Barna Research Group about the Destination after death:
76% believe that Heaven exists.
71% believe that Hell exists.
64% believe they will go to Heaven.
5% believe that they will come back as another life form.
5% believe they will simply cease to exist.
24% admitted that they have “no idea” what will happen after they die.
As you can see 24% have no clue what is going to happen. This is why the apostle Paul began his text to the Thessalonians with this verse: “1Thessalonians 4:13 – Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorantabout those who fall asleep,”The first element that Paul mentions is the right knowledge.
He did not want them to be ignorant. He knew that the lack of knowledge was their biggest problem to understanding what is going to happen after death. Knowledge is the light that dissipates the darkness of doubts and fears.
The amount of doubt that we see in our churches and in Christianity nowadays is caused by ignorance. We do not know, and we do not want to know the truth.
And then, when a crisis comes along we grab the first theology and idea that we find to make us feel good. It does not matter if those ideas are contradictory, we will hang on to them as long as we can until we feel better.
Next time, maybe we will grab something totally different and do the same. We just need something to appease the disturbance in our soul and in our heart. The challenge with this attitude is that deep in our hearts we know that those ideas do not give us real answers to our questions. They only make us feel better for a while. They work like painkillers of the soul. They do not resolve the problem, but just alleviate the pain.
If we want to deal with the real questions and want to get real answers we must know the truth. We need a foundation, a resource that we can trust.
It was in a desperate situation when Job had lost everything and everyone and was about to die with a terrible illness that he declared, “ I know that my Redeemer lives, Job 19:25a.”His faith and belief was authenticated by the knowledge of his Redeemer. The apostle Paul wrote something like that, when he was condemned to death. He wrote to Timothy, his pupil, this beautiful text: “2Tim. 1:12That is whyI am suffering asI am. YetI am not ashamed, becauseI knowwhomI have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard whatIhave entrusted to him for that day.”
We need to know that there is Someone, beyond and above us, Someone who has control of both sides of history. Job calls Him “my Redeemer”, Paul says that he put his faith in Him, and “He is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.”
Do you know Him? Do you trust Him?
Have a blessed week,