“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”
Man has ALWAYS desired to do whatever he liked without having a reckoning for his actions.
Maybe that’s why several of the most faithfully recurring themes in everything from man’s literature to man’s movies to man’s religions have to do with avoiding consequences for one’s actions?
OF COURSE, God’s Word informs mankind that there will be consequences (judgment) for ALL behaviors and actions performed while living this life.
Maybe that is what has fueled man’s desire to escape the consequences for his actions?
OF COURSE, modern man GENERALLY not only does NOT believe the Bible, he spends a significant portion of his time–at least, some men do–manufacturing fantasies about being the “one who got away” (from God’s judgment).*
[NOTE: Long, long, LONG before the modern campaign to equate “the one who got away” with misty-eyed remembrances of romance, “the one that got away” ALWAYS referred to one of the most popular fish stories ever told: of the HUGE FISH that the fisherman SHOULD have caught, but for one unbelievable reason or another, did not. “The one that got away” was a LARGE fish that somehow always escaped the fishing skill of the one telling the story.]
1- TIME MACHINES OR OTHER METHODS OF MANIPULATING TIME
AT ONE TIME, this popular theme was merely a way to “jazz up” a story.
However, the MODERN idea seems to be to concentrate on someone escaping his lot in life by manipulating time; that someone will go back in time to CHANGE something or to make money or some other way of making his life better than it would have been if he hadn’t have taken his time trip.
2- LIVE FOREVER!
This is the devil’s old lie from back in the garden.
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die”
The main idea is that the person who intends to “live forever” will escape judgment by living forever and not dying.
This is a VERY POPULAR theme in science and the media, where dozens of stories promise “long life” or “longer life” IF ONLY the reader will do THIS or buy THAT.
There are a LOT of variations on this story.
There’s the one about living for hundreds of years. (And after the hundreds of years are up, that person can take another pill or get another treatment–whatever it was that supposedly allowed him to live for hundreds of years!) So basically, that person–if he has the resources–can live forever.
There’s the one about reanimating a person’s dead body AFTER they’ve died by first, FREEZING it and then, bringing it back to life later, “whenever a cure for whatever killed them has been found.”
One of the most recent variations on this theme is the one where a person can upload their brain to a computer or to some sort of brain storage unit AND THEN, that person can CLONE a NEW BODY!
They then put the old brain (which was stored somewhere) into a new body and voila!–that person is ready for another life!
This is a popular come-on from several Eastern religions which promise their adherents an eternity of do overs. Oh, some claim that they may come back as a cricket or a bullfrog or a monkey, but basically, the idea is that they will keep at it until they get it EXACTLY right.
There are MANY different tales told about reincarnation, where the idea originated and how it influenced others–but the basic idea is the same: the soul keeps moving to a new lifeform until it ‘gets it right’ through the achievement of “nirvana.“
Reincarnation is another attempt to escape judgment by being the best a man can be–over and over and over again…
…as long as it takes.
Man has LONG desired to escape the consequences of his actions.
To this end, a number of unscrupulous men have made promises they cannot keep.
BUT, these cads will never grow short of suckers who want to live in a world of NO CONSEQUENCES.
Which is why stories which promises such a world will ALWAYS find listeners…
…until Jesus returns to earth.
HAS the reader ever heard of any of these stories?
WHAT did the reader think about them?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: May 4, 2021.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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