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Sep 24 2009

Sin and Eternal Consequences

In a previous post, I was musing about how sin affects our world in which we live, the consequences in the here and now. The effect of bad behavior and sin is evident to the naked eye and senses. One simply needs to read the newspaper, turn on the television set or even observe how people interact with each other on the internet. Yet sin has consequences that extend beyond this earthly life that we lead. One day all the cares of the world, getting a job, keeping a job, the bad economy, sick children, mortgage payments, tuition, high taxes, ad infinitum, will belong to this world as we step into the next. The cares of this world are important for we must feed our children, educate our children, make the mortgage payment and all the other things that go along with this life that we lead. This is for a short season for our days are numbered. (Matthew 10:3). One day our soul will be required of us (Luke 12:20). Sin’s consequences is not just in this life but has eternal consequences as well.

 When that day comes which will come to every living soul, we will step into eternity. Stepping into eternity is not merely a proverbial statement; it is stepping into a reality that has no time. We will take nothing with us. Fame, power, influence or money will have no influence at the foot of God. Eloquence of speech or debate skills will be of no use when standing before the Creator of all.

Throughout our lives, we all make decisions and some of those decisions we make are in preparation for our future. We choose a career, a spouse, etc. that has consequences that extends out and affects our whole life, whether they are positive or negative consequences.

This life is our one opportunity to choose where we will spend eternity. This really is the most important decision we will make. People prepare and save for their retirement yet no preparation is made for the final destination.

C.S. Lewis stated “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

Some people have said “I’ve tried Christianity but it didn’t work for me.” Well, you are not yet dead and that is when you will really need that redemption that did not work for you. If you are one of those that gave Christianity a go, you merely tried out the Christian lifestyle. God knows the very inner core of our thoughts and He is not one that we can try out in a trial run like one may with a potential mate. People move in with someone and play at marriage to see if it will work. We cannot do that with God.

A Christian is one who knows that sin is deadly and that no amount of effort or willpower will reverse the consequences. Spilled milk cannot be unspilled. A Christian understands the eternal consequences of sin and understands to their very core that Christ is the only one who provides redemption. A Christian knows in their very core that without redemption, their eternity is apart from God. No one gives it a try and concludes that they would rather spend eternity apart from God. Christianity is not merely a lifestyle, it is a relationship with God that Christ purchased with His very life on the cross to redeem sinners.

The choice that we make in this life will be unchangeable and permanent for eternity.

There are those that do not believe in God’s existance. To those that do not believe in His existence, as C.S. Lewis stated, Christianity is of no importance. To those that do believe in His existence, it is of infinite importance to make the right choice. There is no middle ground. It is not moderately important.

The choice that we make in this life will last for eternity. No bailout will be available if we make the wrong choice. It is finished and it is done once we step out of this life.

Jesus said to him,”I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Joh 14:6 ESV)

 

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