Just Fine, Just Fine

“How are you doing, my friend?”

“Oh, just fine. Just fine, thank-you! Stocks are rising. Car works great. Took my son out camping the other day – teaching him about life, you know, the important things.”

“And stocks, of course.”

“Yes, of course, I’m teaching him about all such things, you know, how to have a good life, live long, and prosper. Ah, this is the life! (Glancing at the stock-market report)”

“Friend, have you considered that life is not all riches? And have you considered that in a day, you could — and will — lose all that? Time and time again, people die. When they die, as the saying goes, ‘They can’t take it with them.’ How about you? What will you do when you die? What then will become of all of your investments? Do you think that they can save you?”

“Save me from what?”

“From hell, of course. You seem to have no interest whatsoever in the things of God. I don’t see you praying, I don’t see you worshipping your Creator, I don’t see you giving to the church, or reading your Bible. More than that, I see you using God’s name and the name of Jesus Christ in a vain (i.e. useless) way, repeatedly, as though it meant absolutely nothing to you. Do you not realize whose name you are using as a curse word each and every time you utter it? It is the same one that the Bible says that you will bow your knee before and confess is Lord of all creation!”

“Every knee will bow … and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!” [1]

“What then will become of your curse word, when you meet him face-to-face? Do you think you will have fun, then?”

“Ah, humbug! I don’t believe in things like that! You know, that stuff is outdated, two thousand years old! Get a life! Wake up! Smell the roses! That stuff isn’t real, it’s for folks like you who need a crutch, something to lean on!”

“The Bible says that ‘God is patient, and does not want anyone to perish.’ [2] Just because you don’t see judgment today in your life, does not mean that it is not coming. One day, it will come. You will stand before him, you know.”

“No, I don’t know. No-one can know that for sure. You cannot prove the existence of God.”

“Maybe I cannot prove his existence, but the evidence is all around me. Like a good lawyer, I cannot prove that an incident occured, because I can never go back in time. Yet, with the evidence that I have, I can demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that what I am trying to ‘prove’ must be true. That is the same way with the Bible and what it says about God. We can be sure, because of the evidence that we see, that God is real, and that one day, we will have to face him. Would you not rather be ‘protected’ by putting your faith in him, rather than go on as you do, without any sense of his presence and your accountability before him? I’d rather have put my faith in him and be wrong in the end (with nothing to lose) than go on as you are, cursing him and all. Man, I think you’re cutting it close by not at least thinking about these things. In many years, I have learned that he is good, and truly does bless those who will put their faith in him. Try it. You’ll see. It works!”

“For without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He exists and is that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.” [3]

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Footnotes:

1. Philippians 2:10-11 (Holy Bible)
2. 2 Peter 3:9 (Holy Bible)
3. Hebrews 11:6 (Holy Bible)