So, how do you waste your time? Adding up the hours over a lifetime, it might be shocking to realize how many years have been wasted. Of course age has also changed my attitude: I look at my past life and find things I now consider to have been a waste of time, though I didn't think so back then. My faith, the way I believe, has changed my view of the world and my opinion about wasting time. If a person hopes to live to the ripe old age of 80 or 90, how many years do you subtract for all the hours spent passively in front of the television, living in worlds of fantasy as real as the tooth fairy? Minus 10 or 20 years?

Go for a stroll after sunset, the blue flickering light in the windows of various homes show that dinner is finished and the brainwashing session of the evening has begun. Wasting away as time keeps on ticking, not slowing down for anyone. Nowadays it seems that wasting time has become so "zombie-like". Walk through the downtown area or shopping mall and everywhere you look, people are acting so important and so busy staring into their mobile devices. Pop the headset into the ears to replace the human experience with the digital, and time is still ticking away.

We waste time, till time is no more and we depart this life for the Great Unknown! It doesn't have to be that way. The Great Known can be yours for the asking:

"For God loved the world so much that He gave [sacrificed] His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish [be lost in eternity] but have eternal life" (John 3:16). And what does it mean to believe in Him? "In this we show our love for God when we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. Everyone born of God [born again] overcomes the world. That's the victory that overcomes the world – even our faith" (1 John 5:3-4).

But no. Most people choose rather to distract themselves and escape reality, that way they don't have to think about what's coming. Nowadays they do more than waste time – they kill it. I've written about that before and I need to do it again to drive the point home before the nails are driven into the coffin. Idle time, idle talk while relaxing with friends and a cool drink. Okay, why not? Nothing like good fellowship. What are the hot topics? Trump the Chump? Whoever? Whatever? Politics, sports, work or leisure? Main thing is your well-being. Right? Physical well-being, no doubt. Spiritual well-being is neglected in mindless activity and inactivity. Come on, doc, work your magic, prolong my life and give me more time on Earth – so I can leave your office and kill it.

Paradox of paradoxes: Sums of money are spent for more time ... to waste. It's as funny as it's sad and true. Preach the Gospel to someone, he replies that it's a waste of time and then he turns around and ... wastes time.

“Be careful then how you live, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of our time because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is” (Ephesians 5: 15-17).

There are a multitude of artifical realities in these evil days to escape reality. Those realities are temporary relief, as life goes by at the speed of lightning from the hospital you were born in to the funeral parlor you will lie down in. Talking about escape:

“How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).

Each and every one of us starts the learning and brainwashing process at school about 6 years after we see the light of day for the first time and as life goes on from there, we are introduced to various alternate realities. Man tries out this one and that one, till life is no more and he enters the darkness of death. He expects to enter the "light at the end of the tunnel", although his life has been spent and wasted in not believing in the Light.

"I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life", Jesus said in John 8:12. 

Everyone encounters the true Light at least once during his lifetime, but most people simply shake their heads in irritation or shrug their shoulders and move on. They've been programmed all too well, the brainwashing takes its toll. They've no time, they're too busy killing time, so fascinated by the darkness. Fascinated by sinister villains and dark figures with superhuman powers – elements of entertainment on TV, in video and virtual reality games. The more 3D, the better. Scare the pants off me! Give us more of those time killers, we're loving it!

Those dark figures must be what the fallen angels – demons – look like. Just depends on who you like hanging out with, I suppose. Those dark characters you’ve warmed up to on the screen will surely make strange bedfellows in eternity. The Lake of Fire was made for the devil and his angels. They'll be waiting for you, if you don't take care of that little unregenerated heart of yours:

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). “Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, lies, slander” (Matthew 15:19).

The heart is like a volcano waiting to erupt, ready to spit out anger, hatred and violence. The statements "he or she has a good heart" is simply not true of the heart that has not been regenerated by the Spirit of God. Why are the productions of the Dream Factory – Hollywood – so fascinating and entertaining? People pay hard-earned money to watch murder, a cheating wife, a beating husband, a neighborhood serial killer on the loose or the blood-and-guts action of a war movie on the silver screen of a cinema. And if that's not enough, in the evening they gather around the "altar" at home and switch on the gigantic home cinema for more escape. And as a "nightcap", one last session on the smartphone till they can no longer keep their eyelids open.

Waste away the time, till reality shatters the dream. Contrary to popular belief, you can escape the matrix that you entered as a toddler. You've been a Gentile all your life. In the Bible, Gentiles are unbelievers, heathen, worldly, those who walk in spiritual darkness. The person who is "born again" is no longer a Gentile. The Christian who is born again has new life (Ephesians 4:22-24) and is now a believer and follower of Jesus (Luke 9:23). Those you leave behind in the matrix, friends, family, colleagues, whoever, will think you strange. "Man, he's weird now!"

"We have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles, walking in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead." (1 Peter 4:3-5).

People are drowning in a flood of information. When they come together, each one is informed about something and just has to "put in his two cents", which means giving his or her opinion about something even when it's not asked for or desired. Unless the group is disciplined in listening as well as sharing (not only broadcasting but also receiving), talk can become babble around the table. Add a proper dose of alcohol for even more confusion.

As long as you "talk the talk", just about any topic is acceptable as long as it's within the realm of the matrix. Talk about politics, sports, your job, your vacation plans or even about heavier matters such a Buddha or evolution to get those smiles and likes. Just mention the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that smile disappears in a flash. Why is that? It's unacceptable to talk a talk and walk a walk outside of the matrix. They tolerate nearly everything in the world except the truth of the Gospel. But the Bible says:

"Let God be true, but every man a liar" (Romans 3:4).

When your spirit leaves the body, it won't matter what so-and-so thinks about you. It won't matter who won the game, who's to blame, who's right or how religious you are. The only thing that will matter is what you do with Jesus Christ. "He is the only Potentate [the only Ruler], the King of kings and the Lord of lords" (1 Tim. 6:15). He will either be your Savior or your Judge. Your choice, but don't waste too much time thinking about it!

FD                      


IT'S ONLY WORDS ... 

The vision was awesome. I'm talking about the original meaning of the word, you know. With the inflation of words these days, it's not easy to describe certain things in a proper way. Inflation is normally defined as when prices continue to increase while the purchasing value of your money decreases. In like manner, the overuse of words can lead to a decrease in their impact.

'Awesome' originally had to do with things like a heavenly vision, respect for majesty, the breathtaking view from high up on a mountain or even the talent of a great musician. In the meantime, serve your guest a piece of chocolate cake and he may exclaim 'Awesome!'

The vision of Daniel the prophet, now that was awesome: "I watched till thrones were put in place and the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow and the hair on His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him, ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated and the books were opened" (Dan. 7:9-10).

Words are no longer enough, they've lost in value. Tell your German hostess that what she's served you is 'lecker' (delicious), she just might wonder what went wrong in the kitchen. Nowadays they say super lecker – it's not just delicious but really delicious, not tasty but very tasty. It's no longer enough to be a 'star' but at least a 'superstar' and best to be a megastar. People are careless with their words and words have lost their impact, but not so with God and His Word.

"For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).

Man says "it's only words, I didn't mean it", but it's really only an excuse to cover up the shame of his words, which are an indicator of what's in the heart:

"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good, and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks" (Luke 6:45).

Now what does that say about the heart of the lying mouth? About the mouth that complains non-stop, the mouth that blasphemes the name of God in bursts of emotion? Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks ... that old heart's not doing well. Words of anger, jealousy, envy, contention ... till the heart has no choice but to stop ticking. Medical science tells you it's high cholesterol or whatever, the Word of God tells us it's an excess of evil. Choose this day whom you believe. Words are used for twisting, denying and insulting. Of course, words can also be soothing, refreshing and encouraging. Here are some scriptures of wisdom about the words we speak:

"The heart of the wise teaches his mouth and adds learning to his lips. Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones" (Proverbs 16:23-24).

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat of its fruit (Proverbs 18:21).

"For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body" (James 3:2).

Words can be empty. The world is being prepped for new leadership in a new world order, as political and church leaders feed the people the same old words of empty promises they've heard dozens of times. "Give me your vote and I promise to blah blah blah" and "Give me your money and you will be blessed with yada yada yada". Words with no foundation, no evidence, are readily believed, while the Word of God is not. Why is that? The Word of God demands a change of heart and a change in the way you think and act. Lies, on the other hand, allow you to continue on in the false comfort that 'all is well', when you know otherwise in your heart of hearts. The only change lying words bring is to drive you further from the truth. The Word of God says:

"Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God" (Romans 12:2).

There are words used falsely. The African-American culture gave us 'bad' for 'good', as in "that [beautiful] car is bad", modern society says it's 'love' when it's 'lust' and 'gay' was just another word for 'cheerful'. Various religions are concerned with outward appearance and performing various rituals to keep from being defiled, but they defile themselves with their own words, thoughts and desires. They can clean the outside all they want, it won't help. Jesus rebuked the religious leaders in His days:

"Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside so that the outside may be clean as well. Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness" (Matthew 23:25-27).

It's good hygiene to wash your hands after a toilet stop or before eating, just don't make a religion out of it:

"Whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is then eliminated, but those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart and defile a person. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies and blasphemies. These defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a person" (Matthew 15:17-20).

My wish for you and myself for the year 2018 is that we watch our words and choose them carefully. Our words can build up as well as tear down, they can have a healing effect or be destructive.

"A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but the perverted tongue breaks the spirit" (Proverbs 15:4). Jesus warns:

"I say to you that for every idle word people may speak, they will give account on the Day of Judgment. For by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned" (Matthew 12:36-37). 

A warning to be taken seriously. The world is spinning out of control as lying mouths and hateful, insulting words are causing conflicts and violence in every place. The next time a slew of filth starts flowing out of your mouth, stop! Think before you speak! Could those words damage a situation or hurt someone? Are those words cursing God? What about words that bless God? Soothing, healthy, edifying words for others that will also benefit you. One thing's certain: You can't have it both ways. Only God's Holy Spirit can clean up the heart and tame the tongue:

"The tongue is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse people who have made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?" (James 3:8-11).

After getting all those words of strife, jealousy, envy and frustration 'off your chest', all you can say is 'It's only words'? I wonder what your reaction will be when those same words are directed at you.

FD



Worn-out phrases, lame arguments and tired excuses – whenever the talk's about God. Heard them so often, those standard replies shared among unbelievers. Same old reasons for not believing, to name a few:

[1] "I really don't care much for religion." – Neither do I. Religion's caused a lot of sorrow and trouble down through history, it can kill. Millions of Christians and Jews were slaughtered during the Roman Catholic Inquisition of the Middle Ages. Canon 9 of the Roman Catholic Council of Trent has never been recanted and states:

"Anyone who claims to be justified by faith alone in Jesus Christ is a heretic and condemned to hell. You must also believe in the Holy Roman Catholic Church and perform all the sacraments." Religion kills today as well, clearly evident by the hideous acts of the Islam.

[2] "I'm not a religious person." – Good for you, neither am I. Lots of religion in the world, but Jesus wondered whether He would find faith when He returns" (Luke 18:8).

[3] "What's the name of your sect?" –  A common question spit out in distaste here in good old Bavaria, home to a whole lot of Catholicism. Anything not conform with the established church institution reeks of sect for them. Catholic country that it is, frequent excuses that find their way to my ears are:

[4] "I'm not Catholic." – Okay, and neither is God. Just can't find that word "Catholic" in the Bible, no matter how hard you look. Here's a funny excuse:

[5] "I'm Catholic, I already have my church." – Hey, am I roaming around peddling religion or a church organization? No, I'm not. The message of the Gospel has nothing to do with either one. No, no, I prefer not to belong to any of those social clubs, not Catholic nor any other church organisation that steers people away from the sound doctrine of the Bible.

An online news article reported on the marriage of two men of the so-called "B-Promi" sort (second-rate celebs). Couldn't resist adding my two cents to the hot debate on the forum and wrote that the Bible condemns homosexuality, both in the Old and New Testaments. A typical reply came promptly:

[6] "Then why are there so many gay priests in the Catholic Church?" – I fired back: What does the Catholic Church have to do with God and the Bible? Received a lot of "likes" for that one, strangely enough. The Catholic Church is full of funny men running around in even funnier gowns and cute little caps on their heads. The women are called nuns and dressed like pinguins. No such ridiculous characters are found in the Bible!

[7] "I just don't agree with what's going on in the Catholic Church." – Neither do I. It's a fact of history that the Roman Catholic Church was established at the Council of Nicea in the year 325 AD. Know what that means? It wasn't there when the Lord's real church was born on the Day of Pentecost and, as Peter had long been dead, he could never have been the first pope. Another fairy tale! In these times, the words Catholic and Christian are used as synonyms – it wasn't always that way. They mention "Christians" on the news and usually mean "Catholics". For this reason, I prefer to be called a believer and a follower of Jesus Christ. Nowadays, many denominations disgrace the word "Christian" with their way of living and doctrine.  

The Catholic, whether he or she knows it or not, follows that weird man in white called the pope, dead people call "saints" and the "Mother of God" called Mary, with a strange-looking baby in her arms. According to the Vatican, you must be dead to have even the slightest chance of being declared a saint. The Bible's formula for becoming a saint is to believe in Jesus Christ, repent and be forgiven of your sins and be born again of the Spirit of God. You will then be a member of the family of God and a saint, already in this life.   

[8] "He (pastor, priest or preacher) really knows his Bible." – Makes me want to scream: "And what about you?!" People put too much faith in other people, without doing their homework – a dangerous practice. They expect to spend eternity in God's kingdom while refusing to study His Word for themselves. When I listen to a sermon, I compare what's being preached with what the Bible says. This is a good way to avoid deception and falling for false doctrine. Sadly, most "church members" don't know the Bible, except for perhaps a few nifty little verses, and rely too much on their leaders to guide them.

People either don't believe that the Bible is the Word of God, or they simply aren't interested. They refuse to accept as truth the biblical stories about Sodom and Gomorrah as well as the Flood in the days of Noah, and yet they are repeating the exact lifestyles from back then and will bring swift destruction upon themselves.

My focus is on our Creator and what I speak (or write) centers around Him. What's your focus on? Matthew 12:34 says that "From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks". People talk from the overflow of their hearts, whether about the latest trends in fashion, new movies and their stars, politics, whatever. I've often been told that "there are other things in life" or that my way of thinking is "too narrow". Read these two parables spoken by Jesus to His listeners:

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid. For joy over it, he sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for beautiful pearls. Then, when he found one pearl of great price, he sold all that he had and bought it." (Matthew 13:44-46)

I found the treasure, I bought the pearl, that's all I need. Those "other things in life" are by comparison boring. Years ago, my fellow art students and I would stand in front of paintings in a gallery and ponder the question: "What is the artist trying to tell us in this picture?" or "What's the message here?" Oh, we were so intelligent and cultured, and proud of it! Nowadays I simply ask the question: "Who cares?" My main concern in life now is to understand God's message and everything He's trying to tell me. It's all that matters.

These are days of great interest in politics. I even get e-mails from people obsessed with politics. It seems to be their only hope in life. Meanwhile, my only hope is in the Lord and His Word, which will never pass away (Luke 21:33). Political landscapes change, lately not for the better, but the Lord will never change:

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).

You might think I pick on the Roman Catholic Church too much, but I don't do it enough. These are many of the excuses people tell me here in Bavaria, a stronghold of Catholicism, and these are my replies. You might have a collection of the best counter-arguments, but:

"Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar" (Romans 3:4).

So, what's your excuse? Oh, that's tired, very tired.

FD


Busy, busy, all of us! Young – old, single – married, employed – retired, life keeps us busy with an endless list of things to do and a steady buzz of activity. What matters is not how busy your are but why you are busy. The bee sucks nectar from the flower and is praised, the mosquito sucks blood from your arm and is swatted. They both keep busy. These days many people are preoccupied and in constant stress, often of their own making. Someone comes along talking about God and it's like, "Oh no, do I have to deal with this now?"

If not now, when? Can't be bothered with spiritual matters? No time for eternal times? While going for the "best life" here and now, the hereafter is out of sight and mind. The cultured intellect says with a smirk, "There is no God", while the Bible reads, "Only a fool says there is no God" (Psalm 14:1). People refuse to believe in God but when it's time to die, they long to meet their loved ones in Heaven. Time and again you can hear, "Mama or daddy or gramps or some rock star is looking down from Heaven with a smile". Another fairytale! They act as if everybody is headed there, but the Bible makes it crystal clear that most people are not destined for Paradise. They want nothing to do with God in this life, why would they want to spend eternity with Him?

Too busy to think about it? Staying in your comfort zone, safe and sound in the shelter of your fake reality? The unbeliever doesn't waste a thought on God – until trouble hits home. Then it's there, that flaky shaky little prayer, spoken by the same tongue that just might curse the name of God if help is not instant. Even an atheist is a believer when it comes to blaming God. Say you're a Christian? Please define the word, as there are some strange notions about Christianity going around. Here's a contradiction for you: How can a Western nation be dubbed as Christian with such a high crime rate? Paper Christians, I guess.

Most of the readers here are much too busy to look up these bits of wisdom for themselves, and so I write them down for their reading pleasure. They're too busy living, playing, working, buying, selling and on it goes. The Christmas season is upon us again, when shoppers fill the malls and city centers like a swarm of bees. The seasonal "pressure to buy" triggers a spending spree that brings an ear to ear grin on the face of shop owners anticipating the great sums of money coming their way. People can get so busy and stressed during the so-called jolly season of holy days that they just have to lash out in aggression and domestic violence.

In and out of season, the Earth is filled with hustle and bustle, travelling to and fro, while its occupants are preoccupied with collecting and sending information, hating and fighting, lusting, seeing and being seen. They're busy in self-destruct mode and there's no stopping it. Nations are distressed, nature is out of control, conflicts are widespread. And what are the people doing about it? They're running from reality because it's become quite scary.

"In the last days there will be on Earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves will roar. Men's hearts will fail them for fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the Earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken." (Luke 21:25-26).

Religious fanatics are self-centered, not God-centered as they would have you believe. They keep busy like the mosquito and will be swatted on the Day of the Lord. Have you noticed how dreadful the times are, or have you been too busy not noticing? The Word of God reveals His help in the time of need for those who trust in Him, and so I'm not worried about things like:

All the disease going around

“The Lord will take away from you all sickness and will not allow you to be afflicted with any of the terrible diseases of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 7:15). 

In the Bible, “Egypt” symbolizes the world, and God makes a difference between believers and non-believers. Non-believers hang on tight to their doctors in a desperate attempt to hang on to life. "If it’s all ya got, ya ain’t got much"! Life is but a vapor. Full of laughter, full of sorrow – here today, gone tomorrow.

Natural disasters without end 

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the Earth be shaken, and though the mountains fall into the midst of the sea" (Psalm 46: 1-2).

Tsunamis, earthquakes, tornados, floods – nothing to fear if you’re safe and sound under the wings of the Almighty. The Lord knows and takes care of His own. If we take comfort in anything else, it’s surely an idol and we will be in deep water when trouble comes. 

War and terror non-stop  

"The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold" (Psalm 18:2). 

"Our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12).

It's written in the Bible, the Word of God, "You shall not kill". No discussion, no excuse, end of story. Our weapons are of a spiritual nature and are much more powerful than any conventional weapons this world has to offer. In view of the lies and hypocrisy confronting us daily, how refreshing the Word of God is! It is truth to grab hold of and hang on to. Religion lays heavy burdens on weary shoulders, burdens that are man-made and not from the Lord of Heaven, Jesus Christ.

The whole world is concerned with daily questions like "What's to eat? What's to drink? What shall we wear?" And what does Jesus say?

"Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." (Matthew 6:33-34). Let the bees keep busy, while we find that quiet place and seek the Lord. So you're busy as a bee, say you're running a tight schedule. Time out! Have a break! It's a matter of setting priorities. Take time for the eternal, not only for the temporal. The Lord says:

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)

FD


They begin early, the fairytales. From baby to toddler to preschooler and beyond, it's a time of fascination, exploration, Q & A, discovery. The home full of children is alive and charged with energy. It's about life, new life. And death? That's something reserved for those ghostly figures called grandma & grandpa – who will always be remembered as old and wrinkled. When asked what it means to die, the grown-ups are often at a loss for words and tell the kids some sort of fable. Moving along in life, death is what happens to the other guy – a classmate, a pet, an old rock star – but never to us! Life flows through our veins, feel the rhythm, sense the beat of the heart. We are alive!

The thing about life is, nobody gets out of here alive.

I tell myself, "This is unacceptable, there must be a way to bypass that vicious animal called death." Thanks be to God, I find it, the only Way. This leads me to do what I do, say what I say, write what I write and believe what I believe. So here I am, no different than anyone else, going through the motions of life day in day out and decide to go for it! Sharing this Good News with others, a common response is:

"When you’re dead, you’re dead."

This is wishful thinking, no doubt, to avoid giving an account on that Day. It's a lame reply, heard it a thousand times. If that's the case, what's the sense of it all? Why are we here anyway? What's the point of working for a better life, getting married, planning a family, having children and raising them right? Why ensure a better future for coming generations, who will also travel life's fast lane from the cradle to the grave – only to die and no longer exist? Another sad, stupid fairytale.

The thing about life is, there is a way to get out alive.

Problem is, the straight road that leads to life gets narrow and few there are who are willing to travel it (Matthew 7:14). It's so narrow, they say, this can't be right. For lack of proper navigation, in panic they turn left or right down a street that looks promising till that sign appears – dead end. There's a better way. Earthlings are created to enjoy fellowship with their Creator. Looking at each other, what do we see? The Physical, the "outer shell" that's destined to die and decay. The body that's still alive enwraps the living soul and spirit. The real you is on the inside, not the outside, and continues to exist after death – where that will be is up to you.

What? You don't believe, you don't read the Bible, you don't know the law of God and therefore you cannot be held accountable? Wrong! These are New Testament times with a new covenant and a new set of rules:

"This is the covenant that I will make with the people in those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts and in their minds I will write them" (Heb. 10:16).

To know right from wrong, it's there, on the inside. Fight it and deny it enough times, you just might pass the point of no return, having "a corrupt mind and being reprobate concerning the truth" (2 Timothy 3:8). The choice is ours, really, to live with the dread of death or to have the peace and assurance of life thereafter. In the world we're taught to enjoy life to the fullest as long as we're alive, but even then the dread is still hanging over our heads. True enjoyment comes from living without the dread of death.

These are the days of the reprobate mind, a corrupt way of thinking that's in total contrast to the wholesome words and doctrine of God. Isaiah (5:20) prophesied the same:

"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter."

"God is love" (1 John 4:8). The further you wander from Him, the Source of love, the colder the heart becomes. Most of what is termed "love" nowadays is no more than fleshly lust. What cultured intellectuals and gays call "freedom", the Lord God calls "corruption". The lust of the flesh knows no boundaries and is manifested in such things as murder, violence, greed for money, hatred, sexual immorality, the list is long. We've got similar conditions today as in the ancient world when it was destroyed by the Great Flood:

"The Lord looked down at the Earth and saw how wicked the people had become. The thoughts of their hearts were evil continually. God saw that the Earth was filled with corruption and violence ... it rained for 40 days without stop and all life on Earth was destroyed. Only Noah and his family were saved in the ark that he had built according to God's instructions" (Genesis 6).

Afterwards, God made a covenant with Noah and his descendants in which the world would never again be destroyed by water. The Lord set His rainbow in the clouds as a sign of His promise (Genesis 9:12-17), the very symbol now used by gays and lesbians. It's like they're just daring God to send another Flood on their ungodly way of living. Some years ago, the meaning of "gay" was cheerful and gay colors were bright, cheerful colors. Oh how times have changed! "He's such a gay person" has a whole new meaning.

The Lord God keeps His promises and so the world will never again be wiped out by water; the next and final annihilation will be by fire (2 Peter 3:10).

Once again God has provided an ark to escape the calamity coming upon the world and to bypass eternal death, and His name is Jesus.

"Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near" (Isaiah 55:6).

Are you thinking that when you die then you're dead and that's it? Or you might believe in nirvana, reincarnation or some other fairytale, anything to avoid being held accountable for your deeds. Religion tells us to do certain things and perform rituals to keep some higher power happy, but dead gods lead to a dead end. Go ahead, light those candles, pray and play with the rosary beads, kneel down before the "queen of heaven", all of which have nothing to do with the living God of the Bible and cannot get you where you'd like to go.

Try out all the philosophies and religions you want, sing along with songs like "Make this world a better place" or proclaim that fake tolerance in rainbow parades or gather the major religions around the table to discuss "peace for the world" – there are no signs that the world's getting better, on the contrary, it has passed the point of no return. No other escape, no excuse, only a dead end.

The thing about life without Jesus is, no one's getting out alive.

Dead in the grave, no twiddling your thumbs while waiting for your appointment on that Day when He tells you to ARISE!

"The hour is coming when all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of LIFE, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of damnation" (John 5:28-29).

Is it all over with when you die? No! Can we swap death for life by leaving darkness for the Light? Yes! Jesus says:

"I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life" (John 8:12).

The thing about life is, there is a way to get out alive. That's not a fairytale.

FD


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