The contest is over, and God won. Oh, sure, there's nothing in the media about it, but that's no surprise. We humans are nothing if not vain, and are loathe to admit we've failed at producing the secular, materialist Utopia promised since history began. It's obvious that every nation on earth is severely wanting in justice, peace, mercy, compassion, and prosperity. There are of course huge differences between nations, but the best of them have very ugly features, usually out of sight and out of mind. Norway, Iceland, and Switzerland have the highest standards of living on the planet, but their suicide rates are surprisingly high. They don't deliver on their expectations.
Our last and best hope is the long-promised Kingdom of God. Without that, only global decline and greater misery await us.
It's fashionable these days to adopt the cynical, atheist-agnostic position that there is no God and Creator, or in any case, one who cares enough about the world to take action against its destroyers. But absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. In fact, all along, Scripture has been telling us that the world is designed to trap the wicked ones as well as teach us valuable lessons. Just as the FBI runs 'sting operations' to catch gangsters, so does God. Everything we say and do is recorded and open for observation. Our high-tech world literally keeps track of everything, including financial transactions. Such utterly complete surveillance used to be imaginary; in the realm of science fiction. Today it's real, and we actively participate with our use of social media, email, and the cloud. Wikileaks alone has proven itself 100% accurate and effective at this, particularly in the recent U.S. election.
Like Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, just when you think you've got it made, wired, and everything is going your way, the trap door opens under your feet. It's odd how people deny the existence of Hell when there are so many truly hellish places on earth today. The reverse is also true. Heaven exists just as surely. Think of all the sublime places on earth, where there's an abundance of every good thing.
But that's unfair, you may say. How can there be a Hell if God is such a benevolent being? The platitude "We're all one!" is very fashionable among the younger set, who haven't - in many cases - experienced authentic evil. But this is very wrong, and within the world's great religions it's been known since the beginning that many of us are gentle as lambs, while others are as vicious as wolves. And the ruthless wolves use every sort of force to oppress the gentle lambs.
Isn't it obvious that if you place the vicious wolves all in one place, they create their own hell? Is that God's responsibility? As John Milton wrote in Paradise Lost, "The mind is its own place, and by itself can create a hell of heaven or a heaven of hell."
Jesus taught that hell was real, but can be defeated by the presence of the Holy Spirit, which we all have access to (Luke 16:19; Matthew 3:12; Mark 9:42). Hell is "a furnace... unquenchable fire", and a "sea" where you drown in endless, infinite suffering. The polar opposite of Heaven.
Again, you've been warned. We at The Temple offer you salvation through the Holy Spirit. Take advantage of it:
Where Do Good and Evil Come From? A lesson from Prager University.