by Bill Thomas
God made man in time but destines him for eternity. He will always have being.
| To Be Or Not To Be: The Rub With This Famous Line|
“To be or not to be that is the question,” is probably the most famous line ever written by an English playwright. The line was spoken by Hamlet, a Prince in Denmark, and at the moment he is not feeling too good about himself. The line sounds awesome, is easy to remember, and is highly dramatic.
But here is the rub with it. There is absolutely no question about ever ending our state of “being”. "Not to be" is simply not an option. This is so because although God created our souls in time, he destines them for eternity. In other words we will never cease to exist. Our souls will live on past the grave.
In order to make a way for sinful men and women to share his goodness forever, God sent his Son into the world. For three and half years he went about the countryside of Israel preaching and doing works of incredible power. The miracles he performed prove he was someone extraordinarily special. Then he was taken and nailed to a cross. A soldier thrust a spear into his side. The blood which flowed from his side has the power to wash a sinner clean and make them fit for heaven. “The blood of Jesus Christ God's Son cleanses us from all sin.” (I Jn.1.7) They laid the body of the Lord Jesus in a grave where he remained for three days before he arose from the dead. A short time later he ascended into heaven to take his place at God's right hand.
Life doesn't end with the grave, our bodies may crumble into the dust, but our souls will be intact forever. The Lord Jesus Christ hung on the cross so that sinners deserving God's wrath might have a way to spend eternity with him in heaven. Only through faith in Him can we escape the the darkness, remorse and horrors of hell.
Will you believe on the Lord Jesus as Savior? As the endless ages of eternity roll on, you will never regret you trusted in Christ. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life: but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (Jn. 3.36)