A Tenuous Faith

“The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 13:39–44, NIV 1984).

My Musings – “I can swear there ain’t no heaven, but I pray there ain’t no hell, But I’ll never know by living, only my dying will tell. All I ask of dying is to go naturally, only want to go naturally. Don’t want to go by the devil, don’t want to go by the demon, Don’t want to go by Satan, don’t want to die uneasy, Just let me go naturally.” (“And When I Die,” lyrics by Laura Nyro, recorded by Blood, Sweat & Tears).

Now that’s a fairly tenuous faith proposition. Don’t want to go by Satan? You can swear there ain’t no heaven, but you best have more than a prayer that there ain’t no hell. Without doing an exhaustive study, it does appear that most civilizations, from ancient times to the present have believed in some sort of afterlife that include some form or reward (heaven) or punishment (hell). But in the last couple of centuries or so there has been a growing tendency in “enlightened” cultures to scoff at such beliefs. They would argue that there is no evidence to support such a belief. But again, at least to me, it seems to be a pretty shaky faith system.

My Advice -Consider it logically. Either there is a heaven and a hell, or there is not. If there is not, then nothing is risked. If there is, all is at risk. Seems like something worth some serious investigation. While you are investigating, consider this. Jesus believed enough that He died to prevent us from going to hell and allow us to go to heaven. And there is overwhelming evidence to support He was exactly who He claimed to be. Someone who would know.

If you want to “go naturally,” keep swearing and praying there ain’t. But if you want to go “supernaturally,” invite Jesus into your heart.

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