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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: End (02/13/06)

TITLE: End of the Game
By Ellen Lynam


End of the Game

Every game has a set of rules. In order to win, you must play by them. If you don’t follow the rules you’ll be disqualified.

I want you to think of life as a game. Let‘s call it the Game of Life. God has set down some rules for playing the Game of life. Are you playing by the rules? I have found that many people don’t play the Game of life by the rules, but still hope to win at the end of their life.

Let’s look at a make believe story to illustrate what I mean. Let’s see if Janet will play by the rules.

Janet had been having recurring dreams about heaven and hell. In her dreams, God was on one side and Satan on the other. They were battling over her soul.

Her dreams all started because Janet had been told by the pastor of a church that if she did good things she would be able to go to heaven when she died, but another pastor of a church told her that she could never be good enough to go to heaven. Oh my, Janet is very confused. Who is right?

“Janet, just be good and do the best you can and you’ll get to heaven,” said Satan. “Go to church every Sunday, read the Bible, and pray. Be especially kind to other people. Help those that are in need. Give money at church and to different charities. At the end of your life, God will look at the good things you have done and will overlook the things that you have done wrong (your sins). You have never murdered anyone, never committed adultery, nor have you stolen anything you will surely get to heaven if you do good things. After all, you aren‘t as bad as your friend Helen.”

“Janet dear,” said God in a loving voice, “You don’t have to do anything to get to heaven. Don’t listen to Satan. My Son, Jesus, has done everything for you. He gave His life to pay for your sins. If you just believe what I tell you, when you get to the end of your life, you won’t have to go to hell, but you will go to heaven and live with me for eternity. All you have to do is trust what I have told you about my Son and ask Him to save you. Ask Him to forgive you for the sins you have committed or ever will commit and he’ll give you eternal life. I told you in Romans 3:23 that if you sin, you will die, but remember, I also told you in Romans 6:23 that my gift is eternal life through Jesus Christ, my son.” I love you so much; I gave my son that you might live forever with me.”

‘You see, dear Janet, Satan didn’t tell you that I made hell for him and his followers. The only reason anyone goes to hell is because they won’t accept my Son, Jesus. I told you this in John 3:18. Remember, if you believe, you aren’t condemned. It is only if you DON’T believe that you go to hell.“

“Don’t listen to God,” Janet, “ said Satan. How can you trust Him. Look how mean he was to the people of Israel. Didn’t He kill them when they wouldn’t obey Him?”

“Yes, Janet,” said God. “I did kill them, because they didn’t play by the rules of the game. I am a holy and just God. I warned them what would happen. I had to keep my word. That’s why you can trust me. I told you that if you accept what my Son has done for you, you will live. I don’t lie. Only Satan lies.”

“I won’t make you accept the gift of my Son, Janet“ said God. “It’s entirely up to you. It has to be your choice. What will you do? Before you decide, I want you to know it’ll be to late once you reach the end of your life. Once you die, no second chance. I love you so much Janet. Please receive my gift to you!”

Are you playing by the rules for the Game of Life or will you be disqualified at the end of your life?

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Virginia Gorg02/23/06
An interesting twist on the battle of works vs faith. Nice read and well-done.