What If ?
by Lupie Riley
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WHAT IF ?
Your Spirit is immortal and there are only two places for it's destination.
Freelance writer Lupie Riley 8/30/08
Throughout the ages there has always been a fascination and mystery surrounding the Spirit realm. Many who have passed on and came back have given testimonies of what the 'other side' was like. Their stories range from a place of extraordinary beauty to a terrifying, torturous dark place. My own personal exposure to this realm was thought provoking, convincing me there was more to this brief period of life on a remarkable and unique planet called Earth.
I grew up in a diverse, religious enviroment exposed to many schools of thought about the higher power or God as we know him. My father's doctrinal interpretation was in direct contrast to my mother's so there was never any meeting of the minds or spiritual unity between them. Before her death in the 80's she had a preminition about her demise. It was at this time I shared a Christian book on death with her. She knew it would be a source of controversy with my father so she hid it away in a secret place known only to herself. On the day of her funeral, my husband, myself and a couple of family members were seated around a table in conversation. All of a sudden the secret book appeared in my lap like it had fallen out of thin air. I knew immediately mother was present and re-assuring me all was well. From then on I never doubted that we all have a Spirit that lives on. We are all immortals in Spirit. My quest to find answers to the WHAT IF'S had begun.
WHAT IF...the Spirit is immortal and there is a heaven and hell ? With my early childhood exposure to many religious beliefs I decided to go to the one source I felt that held all truth, the Bible. Scriptures have allot to say about heaven and twice as much on hell. The next question I asked myself if this be the case then.....
WHAT IF...there is an actual personage called Lucifer or Satan. To reason this out I thought about all those things taking place in our world today that could be classified as Evil. Murder, rape, wars, disease, addictions, deceit, greed and hate just to mention a few. It could be any one of those things that rob the peace and hope from life bringing havoc into the home. What influence causes mankind to act this way ? Could there be a dark side or a Devil and his demons as the Bible describes him whose sole purpose is to steal, kill and destroy ? The scriptures speak of him as the fallen Angel. Many religions or idealogys choose to dismiss him altogether as non-existant. They say there are many paths that lead to God and everyone is ultimately going to heaven. Some say we attain our own diety when we come into the knowledge of who we are. We become God's and Goddesses. If this were so wouldn't Power come with these titles creating a utopian world for all of us to live in--a garden of Eden it is not. I tend to lean more towards the 'truth' of the scriptures that identifies who that person is that's instrumental in all the chaos, destruction and death, his name is Lucifer or Satan. That explanation makes it possible for their to be two places of destination, Heaven or Hell. We humans were created with a free will and have the ability to choose either one of these places.
WHAT IF...there is a judgment day. In today's thinking society believes all religions should be inclusive so that a Global religion can come into place. This would indicate that the Christians biblical way of thinking that Jesus is the only Way, Truth and Life is obsolete and irrelevant. With so many paths conveniently leading to God and heaven this allows mankind to set their own rules without accountability to a higher power or God. Salvation and righteousness can be achieved through their own efforts but most alluring about this concept is that it allows the individual to live any way he/she wants to without boundries, rules or repercussions. By illiminating the Devil or Evil from the picture it justifys everything a person does with the end results being a world filled with confusion, chaos, death and destruction. However the Bible speaks about a day of accountability for every person who ever breathed life. A day when we all will stand before a Holy God and be accountable for how we lived. That could be here sooner then we think.
WHAT IF...there is a rapture or taking out of this world of all born again believers before a seven year tribulation period as Revelation reveals. We don't need fortune tellers, spiritualists or a channeled Spirit guide to tell us the future. It's all in the Book from beginning to end. When this event occurs will UFO's and 'alien beings'
play a large part in explaining to the masses what has happened ? Could this be the scriptual description of a great deception that will sweep across the entire world ? It's not difficult for me to conclude that if the Sorcerers of Moses time could conjure up a real live snake and God allow Angels to materialize that Lucifer would have the power to create 'alien beings' that will be used to deceive the world in the last days.
WHAT IF...we are living in the last days. Where does this find you? Your life, belief system and your future (after death) ? What are you counting on to get you to Heaven ? If its the life, death and resurrection of Christ your on the straight and narrow path. If not then you need to do more research starting in the book of John and the 'truth' of His Word shall set you free.
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Very good article. My desire would be that unbelievers would have access to this. These are very good questions to ask those that think 'all roads lead to heaven'....I have used them myself and it gets the listener thinking. All we can do is share the truth with them, pray for them and let the spirit of God work. One of my first submissions to FaithWriters was "WE ALL LIVE FOREVER"...if you would like to read it. God Bless You.