We live in a world that is temporary. The events of each day remind us that we are living on borrowed time — that at any moment everything we know could come to a screeching halt. Every day, lives are cut short by illness, car accidents, and criminal activity. Each hour serves as a reminder that we ought to be grateful for every breath we take. The Bible says, life is just “a vapor that appeareth for a little while and then passeth away.”
Recent news reports out of the Middle East have revealed that the extremist militant group known as the Islamic State or ISIS has been destroying ancient artifacts and historical sites from the Assyrian and Babylonian empires. These two great kingdoms were world powers in their day, yet their cities lie in ruins, and, today, even the remains of those cities are being crushed and destroyed.
Scientists warn that people are using up Earth’s resources far too fast. They predict that, in the future, wars will be fought over access to dwindling water supplies. Coal and fossil fuels which are the source of electricity for the majority of the world’s population they also claim is running out. On top of that, many believe that climate change, spurred on by man-made pollution, is slowly transforming the Earth’s atmosphere and could one day radically transform land masses.
The one common denominator of our world and of human existence seems to be the fact that everything fades away in the end. Kingdoms fall. Buildings decay. Species become extinct. And, perhaps the most troubling aspect of all is that people die.
Despite evidence that seems to point to the contrary, death is unnatural. The cessation of a human life at any age was never meant to be. The reality is: we are eternal souls meant to live and enjoy a never-ending relationship with an eternal God. Death was not a part of the Creator’s original plan for you and me.
You may think that when you die, that will be the end of everything for you — you will simply cease to exist. But that is not the case. When your body dies, your spirit will separate from it and continue to live throughout eternity in one of two eternal locations — Heaven or Hell. Heaven and Hell are just as real as the city you live in. And your invisible soul is just as real as the physical body it is held in right now. In fact, it is your soul that is hearing me speak right now or reading these words right now, not your body.
Heaven, Hell, and your soul — these are things that never fade away.
MUSICAL SELECTION: “Amazing Grace” by Celtic Woman