Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What could be worse than being trapped underground?

I'm sitting here watching the Chilean miners being rescued from about 1/2 mile underground.  Can you imagine?  They've been there for 69 days...underground!!  The whole thing is a miracle really.  God allowed these men to be spared...although most of them won't give Him the credit, I'm sure.  These guys had this whole system going on down there.  One that would sustain them and help them not to lose their minds until a rescue was possible.  Wow...I just really can't imagine.  Of course, I wouldn't have been down there in the first place.  I wonder what they thought when the collapse first happened?  Did they think they'd live underground for 69 days?  Probably not.  But for them, rescue is happening even as I speak.
I can't help but to think about what the bible has to say about what eternity holds for the unbeliever.  I'm sure all of the unbelievers (and some believers too) don't believe that hell is a real place.  But if we believe that God's Word is true, then we have to know that hell is for real.  It's hard to fathom that good people will spend eternity in the lake of fire.  But the bible tells us that the only way to heaven is belief in Jesus Christ.  All others will spend their eternity in the lake of fire.
'If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.'
Revelation 20:15
'Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.' John 14:6
When man was created in the image of God, he became an eternal creature.  He will spend eternity in heaven with the Father or he'll spend it with the father of the earth, Satan, in eternal hell.  But our God is merciful.  The bible tells us that He has tarried His Son's return and the redemption of the earth because He desires that no one should perish.
'The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.' 2 Peter 3:9
He's giving the world time.  Time to come to Him.  Time to recognize their sin.  Time for His children to help build up His kingdom.  We, as Christians, should be doing all we can to snatch our fellow man out of the fire (Jude 1:23) while is still time.
It would be terrible to be trapped underground for 69 days, but what about spending eternity burning...and burning...and burning....with  no relief, no water, no one to save you.  Horrific.  But the bible tells us that will be the case.  I'm glad I won't be there, how about you?

'The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.  If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.' Revelation 20:13-15

'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.'  Revelation 2:11

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