Part of the reason God gave us divine revelation about the next life is to motivate us in this one. Some have said Christians can be “so heavenly minded, they are no earthly good.” But as C.S. Lewis rightly pointed out, Christians are no earthly good until they are heavenly minded. Until we digest what God says about the end of this world and the beginning of the next, we will never truly embrace Christ’s values or live a Christ-like life. The New Testament repeatedly drives this point home, frequently exhorting us to “set our hearts on things above” (Col.3:1-2). Jesus calls us to punctuate our prayers with an ardent request for God’s “kingdom to come” (Mt.6:10). Because our decisions, our discussion and our disposition need that eternal perspective, may God empower us today to “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2Cor.4:18).
-- Pastor Mike
Reconciling Divine Judgment & Mercy...
How can a good God send people to hell and leave them there for eternity? If God is omnipotent, why doesn't he save everyone? Are heaven and hell real? These are questions that every person should grapple with in the process of understanding the character of God. In the book, Sinners In the Hands of a Good God, David Clotfelter tackles these essential questions in an engaging and very readable style.
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