What If?

It’s never been a secret that I’m a Christian; and occasionally, I have to defend that title. Anytime my beliefs are challenged by a friend, coworker or just someone inquiring about my “lifestyle,” they almost always ask me the same question: What if God doesn’t exist? What if Christianity is a hoax, and you’ve just been wasting your time? My reaction is always the same: I smile.

Although God is a true force in my life – with the proof to back it up – I have to admit that this is a great question. So, let’s consider both possibilities. What if the skeptics are right, and I’m wrong? If there was no God or, at least, no such thing as getting or being “saved,” then those who never made Jesus the Lord of their life can look back on their life and be satisfied with whatever discussions they made, things they experienced and accomplished. As a person who would be proven wrong, in this scenario, I can say that I spent my life feeding the hungry (Matt. 25:35-40), being honest and trying to do right by people (Eph. 4:25 & 2 Cor. 8:21), supporting organizations – like the church – that I believed enriched my life greatly (Heb. 10:25 & Mal. 3:10). I forgave people who didn’t deserve it (Col. 3:13), freeing me of any stress or bitterness in my life. I laid hands on the sick (Mark 16:18), and somehow, they recovered. I was kind (Gal. 5:22-23), humble (Eph. 4:2), charitable (Heb. 13:16) and extended any wisdom I had to those who desired it (Psa. 37:30). I lived my life as one who saw her purpose as greater than herself, never making a practice of putting herself above everyone else (Phil. 2:3-4). At the end of the day, whether I’m right or wrong, I can look back on my life and be fully satisfied with the way I’ve lived it. No harm, no foul.

However, there is another side. What if I’m right, and the skeptics are wrong? As much as I cringe at the conversation about the eternal afterlife, as it pertains to Hell, I owe it to all of you to tell you the full truth. I never want to paint a false picture or mislead anyone, no matter how tough it is. Unfortunately, for those who have rejected the notion of salvation, and Christianity altogether, an eternity apart from God is their only option (2 Thess. 1: 6-11). Many have said, “I wouldn’t serve a god who sends people to Hell.” My response: “Neither would I … absolutely not!” Hell was created for the Devil and demons because they chose to separate themselves from God (Matt. 25:41). Hell was NEVER intended for us; however, the choice to be separate from God leads one to the same destiny as the Devil and demons. All of us will spend eternity with the one we’ve served during our life (John 8:42-47). I highly encourage everyone to get to know Jesus and receive Him into your hearts. It is better to be safe than sorry.

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