I Can’t Make Them Believe!

images7Y9Y5G9AThere are some things I just don’t understand. On Sunday after church I was talking to someone that I am close to about what happens after a person dies. We need to make a decision while we are alive. Well, the conversation I was having with this person ticked me off to no end. The reason why is that he thinks that once a person dies, they are dead, nothing more. This is one of those statements that gets me going. I then asked him if he believed in Jesus, why does he think once we die, there is nothing else. Well, his statement got me again. He proceeded to say that I have to believe in something, so it might as well be Jesus. My thought was, “Oh no, you did NOT just say that.”

My thought on this is that if a person who believes in Jesus and not believe there is anything after a person dies is totally insane. I don’t get it whatsoever. A friend of mine believed that Jesus is the same as Budda, Muhammad and all the other religious leaders or gods. I had a really hard time talking to her since she feels that all are correct and Jesus was just a teacher. Oh man, I had to take a chill pill on that conversation. I was getting overly sensitive on it and I knew I had to step back or I would insert my foot into my mouth. I’m really good at that. I had to step back since I was so frustrated with the conversations. I can’t really do that with the person I had this conversation with on Sunday since I see him all the time.

512For me, my faith is everything. It is more important than anyone or anything in my life. God comes before anyone and anything. I can’t help but wonder what gives people hope if they don’t know Christ. What gives them peace? I have known many that feel the same way as the person in the conversation and almost all of them go through life on auto pilot and they don’t seem to be happy. I have so many medical issues and there are many uncertainties. If I didn’t have a personal relationship with Christ, I have no clue how I would deal with the things I do if I didn’t have Christ.

As a believer in Christ, I know without a doubt that there is a heaven and a hell. Now weather that is a fire and brimstone or a place where God isn’t is something I don’t know. I have no plans on wanting to ever find out. When I hear people say that, “yes, there is a person called Jesus, but, there is nothing else.” I want to scream and knock some sense into them. I can’t wrap my mind around the whole thing and why he would think there is nothing.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:6-10- Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

I guess I can understand somewhat when a person who doesn’t believe has never been to church and has never heard the gospel. But for a person who has heard the gospel all his life should know better.

I had to come to a point a long time ago that I can’t use a hammer to make someone believe in Christ. No matter how upset or angry I get, I can’t force someone to accept Christ. While we are still living, or until Jesus comes again, we have every opportunity to repent. But in the end we will all be judged.

Last night before I went to sleep I was praying for a number of people. I had it on my heart to pray for a young man that was at our church Sunday. There was something about him that spoke to my heart. His head was hanging and was looking down the entire service. There was something about him that struck me in a odd way. I prayed during our service and each night since. I also prayed for my mom who is struggling with stage 4  lung and colon cancer. I also prayed about this conversation I was having Sunday.

jesus_returnLast night or at some point I was having a dream about the end times. It was actually a two part dream. The first part of the dream was where I was at the hospital and  looking at the moon, I love to take pictures of the moon and stars. The moon was full and the stars seemed brighter than usual.  As I was taking pictures and looking up toward the moon, all the sudden it turned the brightest red I have ever seen in my life.

After that, it was as if I was immediately floating upwards. For what seemed like a very short time, I was told that there isn’t much time before Christ returns and to spread the gospel since time was short. I’m pretty sure I had this dream since I am so concerned over the unsaved. I woke up to get a drink and went back to sleep. My dream continued from the first one.

endtmestrumpetWhen the dream continued I could hear the trumpet sound and the skies opened wide. I would imagine it would have been loud, but it wasn’t. It was loud from my perspective though. Everything was changed in a split second. I didn’t remember those who weren’t there. I had no memory. But I do remember standing before God and it wasn’t but a second if that. In that moment is was as if the world that God created has been renewed and perfect as it was intended when God created it and man messed it up royally.

After I woke up a few Bible verses came to mind.

  • (Revelation 21:1-4) – Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
  • John 5:25-29 – Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth — those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.

In closing, I just want to say that while you are breathing and still here, you need to make a decision. Either accept Christ or don’t. It has to be your choice. No matter how strongly I feel about this and I don’t want to see anyone be lost and without Christ, I can’t make anyone believe.

Here is a good link to get more information on accepting Christ. Way of the Master- Are You A Good Person

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