I witness daily the deterioration of a nation. I watch, as people show no true work ethic or common courtesy for their fellow people. When I was raised, I was taught to place others before myself. When you live this way, you do your best work because you are thinking of the person you are doing the task for. This allows you to make a quality product or give someone service that makes them feel you care for their satisfaction, which you do if you place others before yourself.
Now though I see that vanishing more and more. People only think of themselves and as a result, you get products that fall apart and customers who never return. Then people wonder why their businesses close or people start buying products from their competitor.
This is all due to the removal of God from our world. God is the focal point of ethics. Many try to say otherwise. Saying you can achieve the same goals without God, but as you examine these other ways you will see the ones that survive have at their core desire of placing others before themselves. Thus, people are living God’s rules without realizing they ever did.
However, here is the catch in today’s world. Most if not all in the United States has heard of God. Many deny Him. Many do not want to know Him. Many have forgotten Him. They in turn live a life where they seek self-satisfaction, and seek self-worth and most find it lacking. Therefore, they turn to drugs or some other form of an emotional quick fix, which gives them a short escape then they find they are even in worse shape than they were before they tried to escape.
Now I can tell you as a Christian there are times I feel I have not done enough, and my self-worth feels lacking. I turn to God and it gets me to the next moment. I also realize that through all the setbacks and trails I face now I know I will have a greater reward later.
Now here is an interesting area to deliberate: our future reward.
One thing that has always existed for as long as I have been alive; and what I have witnessed through reading history. All belief that once we die we go to heaven and that is it. I must also add that there are those that think there is nothing beyond death, which gives them power to live in sin.
Well I hate to destroy both of these images. Yes, at the moment those that have accepted God go to a heaven or paradise. Those that deny God go to a dark place. Is it on fire there? I do not think so.
What is certain is that once Jesus returns all those called before God, be it in death or the rapture, will return to earth in God’s army; right behind Jesus as he set foot upon the Mount of Olives. Will we return to heaven? If memory serves me, no. We will remain on earth, for a thousand years the earth will mend, and we will teach those that are born in this time of God and His Son.
Then as the Millennium starts to end Satan will be loosed upon the world once again. This will be the final perching of evil from earth. Once this is done, we will stand before God in the final judgment. It is here that the pit of hell comes into play. It is here that a new earth will come to be and those faithful to God will walk upon it ALIVE, not dead. Not on clouds or have wings; just new bodies, which were given before Jesus returned to Jerusalem.