Eternity and Beyond – Part II
In order to continue my quest for the ultimate truth about eternity, I must follow the clues that lead me into the past. Here I will turn my focus toward the author of evil. This of course is necessary if I want to understand about the two paths that stand before me. It is certainly no secret that where man goes his evil nature will follow. The degree of this evil nature or at least how it is handled seems to vary from person to person, but everyone has it. I suppose that is why it’s much more tempting to do things that are wrong than to do what is right. Yes, I can easily conclude that evil is alive and well on planet earth, but the question is why?
For this answer I must return to the owners manual for the human race. Let’s see, it appears that before human history began there was this angel named Lucifer that thought he should be the object of worship instead of God. Lucifer was able to persuade a host of angels to join him in his revolution against God. This angelic revolt was termed the Angelic Conflict. God was having none of this so Lucifer and his band of merry revolutionaries were brought to trial and convicted. The sentence of the fallen angels to the lake of fire was pronounced before mankind existed. The Bible offers many names for these fallen angels, but I suppose the most popular is Satan and his demons.
Satan didn’t think too much of this and objected to God’s verdict which slandered the judgment and character of God. So in a momentous action, God convened an appeal trial in which He would demonstrate His perfect character and sense of justice by allowing Satan another opportunity to prove his case. The action born from this appeal was God creating mankind to resolve the angelic conflict.
So, mankind was created not only for our benefit, which I personally appreciate, but also for the benefit of the angels in order to solve the angelic conflict. Satan has been given six administrations or dispensations of human history to prove his case. Afterwards God’s final judgment will be delivered. As the appeal trial of Satan unfolds, which is now in the fourth administration, he is constantly attempting to prove himself equal to God. He is always searching for those that will bow to him thus proving to God he is in fact worthy of worship. He seems to forget that by using the tools of arrogance and deception only confirms his guilt to God.
This brings me back to the two paths. The first leads to heaven and the second leads to the lake of fire. Like the angels, I also have free will and can choose to worship God, Satan, the earth, a tree or nothing. But it is clear that if I reject God’s gift then by default my fate will be the same as Satan and his demons. Since we are talking an eternity it appears that this decision is the most important of my life.
I will continue my quest for the ultimate truth in Eternity and Beyond – Part III.