Over the last few weeks, my wife and I have had the opportunity to travel through multiple countries, including Iceland, Holland, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Germany. It has been amazing to see the sights and experience a slice of such a broad range of cultures and climates.
Through it all, however, we have been struck with an overarching and unshakable sadness on the lostness of mankind.
An Endless Mass of Humanity
How many we have met or just passed by at attractions and airports who have no concept of a loving and saving God? Outwardly kind, gracious, and warm people who continue day-to-day with their lives, their work, and their families, not knowing when their last day, hour, minute, or second will be before the end will come when destiny is sealed, for eternity.
We are a consuming species, always looking for the next great life experience. Seeking satisfaction through doing and learning, yet never feeling complete, never acquiring enough, always having one more thing on our bucket list to do. We tenaciously hold on to life, extracting as much as we can, as days tick by and our options for eternal life erode as our hearts become more and more calloused.
No Thought Beyond Earthly Life
So many view human life on earth as an endpoint without a thought to what lies beyond the grave. Because there is such an obvious reality of living in the physical world versus the nebulousness of an elusive supernatural one, we refuse to consider even speculating on what life beyond death might look like. Further, since there are literally thousands of religious variations on the subject, so many reject it entirely, while others believe, with little thought, that they will somehow achieve a desired outcome at the end of their lives.
How can it be that something as significant and potentially unchangeable, something so extreme in its outcome is so rarely discussed until the last moments of life? And, once we “pass on” a brief ceremony is offered by our family, friends, and acquaintances, celebrating our lives on earth, often with little more than a passing comment on our future destination other than to assure each other that we “are now in a better place”.
Evil Within and Without
Humanity has been duped into a state of blindness, drugged by greed, vanity, ambition, and desperation, so focused on obtaining a rewarding earthly life that we fail to see clearly the need to look beyond our physical existence.
There is evil in the world that, in large part, we refuse to acknowledge as a force, merely choosing to narrowly see the specific outcomes of its existence. All of that evil can be condensed into a single concept, Satan. He is a real supernatural enemy that transcends time and space. Existing before mankind, he and his minions will exist long after we leave this earth. This infectious evil operates at a level humanity can barely comprehend, but it dramatically impacts our lives every second of every day.
Adding to that external evil is our own pride, arrogance, greed, and immorality which makes up our own sinful nature.
Both these two forces, external evil, and our internal sinful nature blind our minds to the impact we can have on our future state. But once we die, our fate is sealed forever. This is the view of most religions, which, by definition, add the supernatural to the equation of human existence. What differs is the solution to the riddle of how to access the best possible outcome for life after death.
The Biblical Christian Eternal Solution
Biblical Christians believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing, supernatural God. We also believe in an evil supernatural advisory, Satan. God is infinitely more powerful than Satan yet, for reasons mankind does not fully understand, God allows Satan latitude to operate on earth and affect the behavior of man. So, we are in a constant struggle fighting within ourselves to do good, yet frequently defaulting to evil to achieve our ambitions.
The problem is that the same God that allows evil in the world demands that man must pay for the evil he commits. That payment is extracted at physical death by spending eternity in a real and literal Hell. However, God also provided an alternative to man paying for his own sin (or his commitment of evil behavior). God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth. Christ died at the hands of man and by His sinless, sacrificial death paid for man’s sins. This payment was a free gift of God offered to all who believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for their sins, rose from the grave (referred to as the resurrection), and are willing to acknowledge Him publicly as both Lord and Savior (Ephesians 2:8-9). Accepting this is the answer, the only answer, for eternal life in Heaven (Romans 10:9).
These are the thoughts of a Biblical Christian as I look at humanity going by in front of me, knowing how few have any knowledge or interest in these eternal matters. Why is the supernatural so hidden from the natural? Satan wins every battle when, so often, humanity pays no attention to these truths. Yet, praise God, the evil one may win battles, but we know from Scripture, that he ultimately loses the war (Philippians 2:10-11).