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Plotting In Vain

By Mark Adams | 10.22.14

A famous quote attributed to Mark Twain: “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” Often when I hear people talk about God vs. Satan and Good vs. Evil, they speak as if God and the Devil are two equal but opposite forces. Even at the prospect of being apart from God, there seems to be an assumption of camaraderie and mischief that will continue to take place in the afterlife. Psalm 2 speaks against the rulers of the earth and their plans against the Lord: “The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.  He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying ‘I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain. (v. 4-6)’” God is not threatened. In terms of who is reigning upon the throne, there has never even been a contest. God’s response to evils threats is to chuckle at them.

 

It is important to understand that while the path to Hell may be a boisterous and crowded one, the destination of Hell, an experience apart from God—the source of all good and all love—will be a place of no comfort or friendship. It is striking to me that in Revelation 20-22, very little is said about those “cast into the lake of fire.” They become totally isolated and irrelevant to what God is bringing about, like a pile of trash (Rev. 20:14-15). Inside the Holy City, there is breathtaking beauty, singing and composing new songs, gatherings of tribes and angels, open gates where the residents go in and out, and the presence of God himself lighting the city. But apart from God, there just isn’t anything left to talk about. All joy, excitement, and shared experiences are only found as part of God’s people in God’s home. God’s home isn’t just the better option; it’s the only option worth considering. But God won’t force anyone to spend eternity with him if they’ve spent their life showing that they’d prefer not to associate with him.

- Mark Adams

via Kings Crossing Church of Christ, Corpus Christi, Texas

 

 


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