|| EARTH IS A SCHOOLHOUSE
FOR TRAINING by Roy A. Reinhold
Philosophers and everyday people have longed pondered the question, "Why
are we here on earth and what is our purpose?"
The secular humanists and believers in the theory of evolution posit that
we, "just are," and should make the best of the circumstances.
Survival of the fittest moderated with a compassion for the less capable
among us, ensures that the achievers will achieve while harnessed by a welfare
tax plantation system to support those who don't want to or cannot work.
Since there are no absolutes in this non-Christian mindset, the rules are
set by those who gather the largest following, or those who gain power through
elected office, or more likely through the political spoils system. In the
back of their minds, they all want to be among the wealthy, politically
elite, or well-connected. Included in that is the desire to gain the most
toys in this life and make a lasting mark on civilization so that someone
will remember them after they die.
In the last few years, stories of the near-death experience have been widely
circulated, awakening the masses to the possibility of an existence after
the toils of this life are over. Blinded By The Light and other books
are best-sellers, supposedly revealing that all die and go through a tunnel
to the light, a place of total love and acceptance, and the place where
we lived before our existence on this earthly plane. If all go to the light
and receive eternal existence and rewards without regards to the consequences
of actions in this life on earth, then there is no cosmic justice. Do you
want to go to a plane where Hitler, Stalin, and Mao Tse Tung regale you
with stories of how they caused the death of multiple millions? Or, will
you accept that they were just ridding the earth of excess humans.
Our daily life here on earth reveals that there are consequences to actions.
If we lie, cheat, and murder, will we not pay the consequences? If a businessperson
cheats their customers, won't there be a loss of customers? If we are a
farmer and decimate the soil through improper farming practices, won't we
eventually pay the price? If we as a nation take what isn't ours by starting
a war to absorb a neighboring country, won't we pay for it by defeat in
war? The answer to all these questions is yes, with the caveat that sometimes
the wheels of justice grind slowly in our own eyes. Sometimes people get
away with murder, sometimes it takes years for a cheating businessperson
to be revealed, and sometimes countries do wrongly take over the land of
Dr. Maurice Rawlings, MD, a heart surgeon, has written a number of books
on the near death experience and clearly shows from his own practice and
the experiences of his patients, that not everyone goes to the light when
they die, where there is total love. He has written of many patients being
resuscitated on the operating table and speaking about being in hell, where
there was a real devil and demons, and where the inhabitants were tormented
with fire. Dr. Rawlings writes that these people are a lot more reluctant
to talk about it than those who went to the good place. In fact, these people
were highly motivated to do all that they could to repent and be saved (born
again in the Christian faith) so that they would never go back to the place
of torment. You might be interested to know that not one Christian ever
had a near death experience where they went to hell, among all the hundreds
of cases documented by Dr. Rawlings.
This may come as no surprise to you, but many Christians including mainline
denomination pastors believe and teach that there is no hell, perhaps 20%
or more of all Christians in the US. They hold to the false belief forwarded
by secular humanists, that there really are no consequences for our actions
on this earth. I'd just like to share one scripture text with you on this
2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 For after all it is only
just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give
relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus shall
be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing
out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not
obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. And these will pay the penalty of
eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory
of His power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day,
and to be marveled at among all who have believed for our testimony to
you was believed.
Jesus said in John 15:6 If anyone does not
abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch, and dries up; and they gather
them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
The above scriptures are but a few of the many
verses which state that there are consequences for our actions in this life.
As Dr. Rawlings pointed out in his books, there are two kinds of near death
experiences. In the good one people go to a place of light and love, while
in the other, people go to a place of fire and torment called hell. Our
eternal destiny hangs in the balance according to what we believe.
The fact of the matter is that we face choices in this life and the choices
affect us in this life and affects us in our afterlife. In this life, we
bear the consequences of our choices in life. Do we apply our talents and
gain the necessary education in order to succeed, or do we wait for the
government to make us successful? Do we treat others as we want to be treated
(the golden rule), or do the ends justify the means, and we lie, cheat,
and steal to get ahead? Everyone speaks of "fairness", so why
do you doubt that there is cosmic justice?
This life on earth is more than the result of evolution from the primordial
ooze, and we affect our lives by our choices in life. That's the correct
expectation of free people with a free will. If you choose not to gain an
education and then complain that those lucky ones who got an education get
ahead, why not change your circumstances? What you'll quickly find out is
that with effort, doors of opportunity will open. You'll also see that even
the most educated people, who expect life to drop good things on their doorsteps
with no effort, often get nowhere in life.
This life is a training ground for the afterlife. We learn how to love and
respect others, how to care for the less fortunate, and how to seek God
our Father who made us. There are eternal repercussions for a life wasted,
although I ought to say that acquiring things is not the measure of success
in life. The funny thing is that living correctly here on earth in accordance
with the scriptures, also causes the eternal system set up on this earth
to pay us back here on earth. Family, children, friends, community service,
and generosity are satisfying here on earth and build the character that
you will carry into eternity.
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