Cozy socks, fires, and hot cocoa. Sounds like autumn right? Kids love the season for its many carving pumpkins and the sugar rushes. I remember the days I spent jumping in the leaves and finding the sticks the rake had missed. Now I realize the futility in those things and glance ahead from this last year of school. What really matters in life?
Many people ask what my favorite time of the year is. Personally, this is a hard question since every season is great with the ideal location. Winter is best in the mountains, spring in the meadows, summer in the cool forests, and autumn in all of the above. In all of those choices, I choose autumn as my go-to; but not for the above reasons. I love autumn because the colors show there is beauty in death and suffering. Paul says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:6). I’m not quite sure what happens after our last breath as Christians; but if it’s anything like nature, we will have a good long winter sleep and wake up to the new life of spring. What a joyous time to wake up and everything is new! I don’t know if that’s what will happen, but I do know this: man is appointed once to die (Hebrews 9:27). This correlates to the most accurate statistic: there is a 100% chance of death. So what will happen to you when you fulfill that statistic?
Many will say they’re going to heaven due to being good. Well, how do you define good? For me, I am a liar, an idolater, a murderer (Matthew 5:22; 1 John 3:15), a disobedient child, and a thief. For as Paul says, “and such were some of you: (1 Corinthians 6)” Many have asked how I know Christianity is the right choice. Normally, I respond with it’s a historically proven fact. However, even if that wasn’t true, I’d rather get it right with one “religion” choice than choose the wrong one. Many religions focus on what you as mankind can do to earn God/god’s favor. What many people don’t understand is that we can’t please a “higher power” with our mere works. That’s like trying to clean a car with mud. Instead, Christianity celebrates the freedom we have in choosing Jesus as the ultimate sacrifice for our debt we could never satisfy.
I gave my heart and life to be under the will of my Lord and Saviour Jesus when I was 5. Since then I have struggled with whether I truly understood, whether it’s the right faith, etc. Perhaps that’s why I love learning theology. It answers the questions that arrive in my mind so that I may help others who have similar questions. That is my prayer for this blog: that you would find the truth in your search for something bigger. Believe it or not, mankind is emotionally built for emotional and spiritual connections. This is why there are so many religions. For me: I chose the one which made the most sense. The one where it’s ok if you don’t know all the answers because then you’d be God(That’s atheism FYI). For me and my house, I will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15). I have been given another chance. Choose this day whom ye will serve.
For more reading on this topic, I’d advise you to read…
- C.S. Lewis: Lord, Liar, or Lunatic
- The first chapter of Ezekiel
- Matthew 13,24
- The book of John
- Evidence That Demands A Verdict by Josh and Sean McDowell.