I don't believe in an afterlife, so I don't have to spend my whole life fearing hell, or fearing heaven even more. For whatever the tortures of hell, I think the boredom of heaven would be even worse ." —Issac Asimov
I love inventing words. One of my favorites is "mythstake." A mythstake is a combination of a mistake and a myth. I keep checking in Webster's dictionary and they haven't put that word in there yet, but 20 years from now when "mythstake" is in all of the dictionaries of the world, you can say to your sons and daughters, "I remember, back in the day, when Pete Briscoe first used this now famous word in a daily devotional... "
Unlike a mistake, however, a mythstake is not an accident. It's an error that is a consequence of believing a myth (a commonly held notion that has no basis in truth). Mythstakes can have serious earthly consequences, but some mythstakes impact not only this life, but the life to come as well, what happens beyond the grave, what happens in eternity... as in forever.
That's both exciting and scary, because people believe things about eternal life that are myths. If they buy into those myths, they will make mistakes that last a long, long, long time. If we want to avoid these mythstakes, we need to know more than the facts of life; we need to know the facts about eternal life. The most important fact is this:
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. —1 John 5:11-13
Any myth that causes us to make mistakes by distracting us or diverting us from Jesus is serious. We see these mythstakes all around us. We will take a look at them one at a time in the days ahead and you will be able to recognize them in the people around you. But are you willing to recognize any of these mythstakes in yourself?!
Burn into my soul the reality of heaven and hell. Search my heart and reveal the myths that have infiltrated my beliefs about everlasting life and replace them with truth from your living Word.
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A Countercultural Life: Living Well in a Broken World
It’s a challenge for most followers of Jesus Christ to live in a culture driven by values and views that run counter to our faith and to the truth of Scripture. And we wonder how best to relate.
Should we isolate ourselves from such a world, trying to keep ourselves “unstained”? Should we be intimidated by what our secular counterparts believe because we feel “out of step”? Then again, maybe we should identify more closely with the values of our world in order to win more people to Christ.
Stuart Briscoe takes you on a journey to discover how to live as a Christ follower in our fallen culture in his new small book, A Countercultural Life: Living Well in a Broken World.
By looking at the life of Joseph (Genesis 37-50), Stuart shows you an excellent model for how we should indeed live in our world!
A Countercultural Life
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