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The Truth About Choices
by Gerald Shuler 
05/12/14
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Life is a roller coaster of choices, from birth to death. We have a multitude of things thrown at us daily and it is only by our choices that we get (or lose) what life offers. Sometimes we win, sometimes we donít. But one thing can not be denied, our choices got us where we are, and will continue to get us where we are going.

So, it makes sense that we should try to understand a little bit about the myriad of choices we face just trying to make it to the end of the day.

What food should we eat? What friends should we trust? Who should we avoid? Are we wearing the right clothes for this event?

We could easily get lost just trying to wade through the swamp land of choices we burden ourselves with each second of the day in our pride and ego.

But are those the choices we really need to worry about?

What I eat wonít get me to Heaven any more than what I wear will take me to Hell. Those are just personal preferences that I have developed over the many years of facing those choices. Yes, I have preferences and they may differ from yours. That isnít important at all.

There are only two choices in this life that really matter and even in those limited (but crucial) choices I have no right to judge you if you choose something different than me. The only difference is that if I choose right Iíll go to Heaven and if I choose wrong I wonít. The same exact guidelines apply to your own choices.

I can almost guess what every reader is thinking right now: ďHe is going to say Ďchoose Jesusí. Well, that should be obvious for anyone that realizes that this is a Christian opinion editorial in a Christian newspaper written by a Christian. So that is NOT the choice I want to center upon, though everything ultimatly leads us to that choice anyway.
No, I want to venture in a direction that will be understood by non-Christians as readily as it will by Christians. There is a choice that canít be denied and too often it is totally overlooked by almost everyone.

The Bible has a chilling passage about the end times, which I believe we are now living in. It talks about the ones who will make the choice not to believe the truth. It says:

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2: 9-12

That narrows it down to just two choices we can make about ANY thing in life: will we believe the truth or will we believe a lie?

I know... Iíve heard it said the same as you have. ďWhat is true for you may not be true for me.Ē Well, that is a good example of believing a lie. True is only true because it IS true. There is only one truth... but countless ways to lie about that one truth.

What we are expected to do is care enough to dig down and learn what the truth really is. That isnít easy sometimes, but it is always worthwhile.

So, for me, each choice I make in life is in response to the answer to only one question: Is what I am believing true?

Iím convinced it is.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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