God’s answers to your future
If you stop and think about it for a moment, you’ll probably agree that the most important questions in life are the very ones that we never really get round to answering, for example, ‘How likely is it that the earth will be destroyed by nuclear war?’ and ‘Why do we have to die?’ and ‘What’s the purpose of life anyway?’
It’s not difficult to see why these questions are often neglected. There are much nicer things to think about, and it’s far easier to devote ourselves to everyday matters and to forget about our long-term futures.
BUT CAN WE AFFORD TO IGNORE THESE QUESTIONS?
Wouldn’t we be happier now if we could find that the answers to these questions showed that we needn’t fear the future?
Of course, you may believe that there aren’t any ‘right’ answers; all we seem to hear are opinions based on other opinions rather than upon facts. Before you give up though, please read the rest of this, and study the Bible, because it does contain answers to these questions, and there are many good reasons for accepting that these answers are right.
In the other pages in this Website on “What do you think”, science, history and current events are given as evidence that the Bible was written by the Creator of heaven and earth. We also show that rather than being self-contradictory, the Bible is consistent throughout, in spite of the many centuries over which it was written. After considering all this have you one good reason for not believing the Bible? Be honest!
Bearing all this in mind it must be worth looking at the Bible to see what answers it gives.
Why has God put us here, why do we die and will He allow the earth to be destroyed?
The Bible says that the earth was made beautiful and that God created it to be inhabited (Isaiah 45 v.18). He intended that the inhabitants should have the ability to reason and to love God and one another – so He gave us free will. God has never forced people to obey Him, but warns that if we don’t we are not worthy to live on His earth.
Sadly, the first man disobeyed God and so all people since have had the tendency to do the same (Romans 5 v.12-19) – that’s why we die. Only one person has not succumbed to this tendency, he is the Son of God, called Jesus Christ. Because he never sinned, God resurrected him from the dead and now he lives forever. However, God intended that the earth should be filled with people who would give Him glory as Jesus has (Genesis 1 v.28 Numbers 14 v.21) and so has promised to forgive us our sins, and grant us eternal life too if we meet certain conditions.
These conditions were summarised by Jesus in Matthew 22 v.36-39. As long as we try our best to love God and our neighbours, God will forgive us because He loves us and does not want any of us to die. (John 3 v.16, II Peter 3 v.9).
God’s purpose of filling the earth with people who take after His own character will be fulfilled when Jesus returns to the earth. When this happens, all those that have heard this Gospel message, whether dead or alive at the time will be judged and either granted eternal life or condemned to eternal death (Acts 1 v. 6-11, II Corinthians 5 v.10). Life in the Kingdom will be wonderful beyond words – read Isaiah 11:1-10.
We can be there and God wants us to be there – that’s why He allowed His only son to be killed for us. But the consequences of rejecting God’s love and despising His son are terrible (Mark 16 v.16, Matthew 13 v.47-50).
In summary then, the Bible is reliable and it tells us that God has a purpose with the earth and will not allow it to be destroyed. We can be part of that purpose if we prove now that we are the right sort of people for it. But we must do this before we die or Jesus returns, for then it may be too late.