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Loving Jesus Did Not Mind Me
by Emmanuel Annang
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Hey, people, listen! Listen! And listen well; this narrative is neither a folktale nor a figment of imagination or a hallucination of a Christian fanatic or a religious extremist. It is a true life experience in terrifying hell. Nothing so compel this writer to take the pain and trouble, putting a side sleep only to write at this late hour of the night excerpt under a burdened!

This writer surely must be troubled. Of course what can one do after a terrifying life experience than to share and tell “what the spirit of the Lord is saying”, after all one needs information to make decisions! How about that? Well; if you agree believe also with me. I am only a messenger and I wish you will at least give it a thought. Welcome!

It was dawn and as usual I already was awake listening into a radio program. Was a heart searching, inspiring one so I phoned Blackie, a friend to also listen into the program; incidentally it talked about life and the reason for existence and all that.

My nephew, Rue was passing the night with me; he had visited the previous day and was fast asleep at the time of our conversation. Suddenly he woke from sleep with such enquiring, interesting look on his face. “He must have been dreaming” I thought. I was quiet sure about that.

“Were you talking to me?” he asked, “why? No, not you, I was talking with a friend I had earlier called”. I said curiously. His face was squeezed and tears in his eyes. He told about how he died in his dream and was taken to the abyss.

His narrative of hell was full of inexpressible terrifying horror and I shivered for a moment pondering over my own life hearing about lost souls and captives in a skeleton and without a body to live in - trapped in hell for their compromises and sins and disobedience towards God.

“No, no, no!” He said screaming and arguing he was a prophet of God and so hell was not his place! He recalled he had a large following and people looked up to him for guidance and for instruction in the Lord. He asked his fellow captives “How long will I be here?” The place was silent.

A liar said a lie: “6 years”. “6 years?” Rue asked and like a hungry child needing attention began to scream for help but had none. Suddenly there appeared an image that it appeared to be a personality cloth in white garment passing, it seemed to him like a redeemer and so he screamed the more for help calling…

“Jesus, Jesus!” he called and called but there was no responds, the saviour just passed. “Loving Jesus would not mind me”. He said. Hope of life was gone and the reality of eternal death dawned on him.

Somehow he gained conscious and wondered whether he was actually dead or dreaming. At this point this eye was “opened” and saw life on earth with people doing all the evils the world is known for; greed, lust, pride and all that and was jealoused.

His jealousy however was not for the reckless, worldly lifestyle; boozing and flirting, lies, hypocrisy and unfaithfulness etc but about the hope and opportunities the living has that awful hell could not grant! After talking with my friend, Blackie I reached to call Rue to share some thoughts with and gosh!

He awoke panting, saying “I’m alive”, “I’m alive”. He had been dreaming. The expression “You don’t know the value of a thing until you loose” is often referred to, to establish a point but for once it meant more. Surely, you don’t have to loose your life before you realize life is not free. Life is more!

It is not what we are made to believe on the air waves and the screens or the showbiz ideas of fashion, cars, sex and applause or the glamour of a cozy summer holiday in the best beaches in Florida and a funfair in the carnival streets of Hollywood. No, life is none of these.

Is not even the opportunity we have to make a living; people, it is the chance we, you and I have to renew our minds and change hearts for the privilege of a saving grace and a peacefully life after death! How can you fail to insure your life only to choose to endure a status of a terrifying hell?

How can it be? Except you are an unlearned ignorant, confused and blind! The days of ignorance and misunderstandings are over. The times when as children we thought and believed Jerusalem, the holy city hanged some where in the skies and could only be reached after one dies is passed and gone forever.

We are in times of knowledge and information and so are wiser enough to know Jerusalem is right here with us! This is how we know the arguments out there about the non existence of hell and heaven are all lies straight from hell.

Remember God did not create you with hell in mind; it is rather our sins and evils that bring about hell. There is life after death. Don’t be deceived. Fixed your life right now! You can not afford hell b’cos like Rue, “The loving Jesus will not mind you”. Again you may not be that lucky like Rue.

Don’t be trapped. Come on, move to explore about the faith of God. I do not know how you are looking for God or what you are looking for in this life but one thing I know is: there is no other way you can know or find God the creator except by taking control of your life and making a bold step of faith to hear and know about Jesus.

He is the path of faith in God you never have. “He is the author and finisher of our faith (which is God!). Hebrew 12:2. Welcome home. Heaven is your home!

“The greatest opportunity that the living has is life… is the only place we have the chance to fix our lives!” Life is more!

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