What hope do you have? If you are to believe many, your life is a but a fleeting moment, and when you die, you are gone. Even Tolle and Oprah, with all their nice talk about higher consciousness do not offer you any hope for the eternity to come. And even if they did, it it still depends on your own efforts, much like most other religions, and even some brands of Christianity. Death eternal is the result of sin, nothing else, and man can never overcome sin by himself.
Are we so arrogant as a species that we really think we have it in us to settle our own eternal destiny? How much meditation is enough? How many dead ego’s? How much love and tolerance? How much money to the poor? How much introspection and self-flagellation? And how do we know if what we are doing is right or wrong?
Every day, every hour, every minute we are closer to death. What is your hope for death? Annihilation, the end of all that is you? The dissolving of the self into a non-descript identityless state of being but not being? Why then bother being good? What reward is there for you?
What does death hold for you, my friend? What do you hope for? Why is it that some hope for the worst?
Alternatives to Christianity, and alternative Christianity are too optimistic about the power of man over sin, or too pessimistic about the power of God. It is a false hope for man from man. Because if there is no hope for me personally beyond death, then my existence is meaningless, aimlessly oscillating between despair and whatever fleshly pleasures I can wring out of this short life.
Our hope is not in our own immortality, even as Christians. It is not in some “passing through the gate” quasi-theology. It is not in anything of our in ourselves.
Our only hope is God who freely gives life eternal through His grace and love. He will resurrect us glorified to be in His all-loving and glorious presence for all time to come.
Rom 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rom 5:2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Rom 5:3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
Rom 5:4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
Rom 5:5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Rom 5:6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Rom 5:7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–
Rom 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 5:9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
We are saved from death eternal unto life eternal by faith in the grace of God alone, not by any amount of self-effort. We have been justified before the Eternal One. Our testimony is not from ourselves, but from the Holy Spirit, given by grace. We are too weak to demand glory, yet we receive when we believe.
Dear friend, you don’t have to face the consequences of sin. You don’t have to face death with despair. You don’t have to hope in yourself to face eternity with hope.
Cry out to the one and only hope we all have, the Almighty God of Heaven and earth. And be blessed with His hope.