by Rev. Joda Collins
In order to be happy, people need three things.
1. Something important to do.
2. Someone to love.
3. Something to look forward to.
What are you looking forward to?
Those of us who know the Lord are looking forward, with great anticipation, to the good things God has for us during these earthly days. Also, we are looking forward to an eternity with Jesus Christ, the angels, the Apostles and our saved loved ones. These expectations give us lofty reasons for living, lightens our burdens and puts constant joy in our lives.
Those who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior look forward to a government they hope will not abuse them (or maybe give them something) and hopes to keep (or recover) health, wealth, comfort and friends.
Their thoughts of eternity are burdened by whatever they expect will be reality after this life. Some rejoice to think that "dust to dust" is all there is. Others find some sort of weak comfort in religions that offer coming back as a bug, bat, rat, cat, gopher, another chance at being a decent human being or melting into the universe like a single drop of water vanishes, worthless into the sea. However, the Holy Spirit convinces everyone of judgement to come. John 16:8. Therefore, everyone knows that life after death without Jesus is Hell and they dare not reflect on the details of Hell for fear of excessive justified fear. That is why lost people (non-Christians) need to be surrounded by constant noise. They fear the thoughts of hell and judgment that haunt them in the quiet.
That is harsh language. I hope the reality of hell is harsh enough to scare every lost person into salvation in Christ. It was for me! I have never been sorry I changed from hell-bound to heaven-bound. The Bible denotes those that have settled their eternity by coming to know Christ as Savior as "wise" and those who cling to any philosophy void of Jesus as their Savior as "fools." Luke 20:12.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten (unique) Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but shall have eternal life." John 3:16.
Our eternal state is sealed (unchangeable) when we pass from this life. This is a great day to come to know Christ as Savior.
Rev. Joda Collins
I make no claim that my theology is shared by anyone else.