One seeming surety of many is that “IF ONLY he (or she or it) had a second chance, he (or she or it) would choose differently.”
BUT, is this true?
OR rather, is this true for many UNBELIEVERS?
As professional atheist CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS’ son once wrote
On the deathbed conversion – I spent my father’s final weeks and days at his bedside and watched him draw his final breath and die, and can assure you that there was no hint of any sort of conversion (as I’m sure you have already guessed). In fact, we barely spoke about religion at all except for joint expressions of frustration at the god botherers who made the rounds in the ICU and other units where dying people could be preyed upon by vulturous Christians.
—Deathbed conversion? Never. Christopher Hitchens was defiant to the last
OF COURSE, the reader should remember that it is much easier for the living to put convenient words into the mouths of those who have passed on than it was for those suffering to have uttered them.
One of the enduring stories told by unbelievers is the one about the brave, noble atheist who stared his own uncertainty about his eternity in the face and spit upon any chance he might change his tune.
- No deathbed conversion for atheist Stephen Hawking
- Deathbed conversion? Never. Christopher Hitchens was defiant to the last
- No death bed conversion for me, thank you very much!
So, the opportunity for a second chance; the opportunity to change one’s mind and reap the benefits (or degradation) from that change appear to be OVER-STATED–at least as far as those who are firmly committed to their particular superstition.
Even when staring eternal judgment and condemnation in the face, MANY unbelievers steadfastly refuse (as a matter of principle?) to change their minds about their adopted attitudes and superstitions.
It is imagined that the ONLY thing which MIGHT change the mind of the committed nonbeliever is an eternity of torment.
It is also imagined that the COMMITTED atheist-of-principle, upon being released from a sentence of eternal torment, exclaims, “See? I knew it was not real. I knew God didn’t exist and that there was NO eternal consequences for my actions.”
Perhaps this is why God’s Word paints the picture of end times unbelievers who–face-to-face with God’s judgment and given the choice between repentance for their actions and judgment–choose the judgment.
“And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.”
“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”
“And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.”
“And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.”
End times men act as Job’s wife famously put it:
“Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.”
According to God’s Word, the men who dwell upon the earth during the last days are almost ALL committed to suffering, blaspheming God for their judgment and remaining steadfastly anti-God to the very end.
It reminds one of those infamous posters and T-shirts from the 1960’s: The Last Great Act of Defiance.
Will man REALLY change his mind about his superstitions if given a second chance?
It appears that the more HEAVILY-INDOCTRINATED will not.
Maybe it’s a matter of PRIDE?
Pride is a sin.
- Pride Is A Sin
- Sin of Pride: The Proud Shall be Humbled
- PRIDE, AMERICA and SIN: A Proud People, A Proud Country
- Pride is a Sin: A Friendly Reminder
Or maybe, the men of the last days FIRMLY BELIEVE John Milton’s trope:
“Better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven.”
WHAT does the reader believe about second chances?
It is not YET too late: there is still a little 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?
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: November 1, 2021.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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