DOES OUR UNDERSTANDING OF ETERNITY HELP US
TO BE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE LOST? IF IT
DOESN'T THEN WE DON'T UNDERSTAND ETERNITY.
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(Eternity always was) (Eternity Always Is) (Eternity Always Will Be)
HERE IS AN EXAMPLE:
From just a short amount of research I have learned that we can see 13.8 billion light years into space. 1 light year equals slightly under 6 trillion miles. To travel that distance would take a shuttle going 18,000 MPH about 634.20 years. PLEASE READ THAT AGAIN SO YOU CAN SEE THE DIFFICULTY OF MULTIPLYING THAT FIGURE WITH A HUMAN BRAIN. We can speak it and write it, but we don't understand it fully because it is too vast for our finite minds to comprehend.
HOW LONG IS A LIGHT YEAR?
The light year is a measure of distance; not time. It is the total distance that a beam of light, moving in a straight line, travels in one year. To obtain an idea of the size of a light year, take the circumference of the earth (24,900 miles), lay it out in a straight line, multiply the length of the line by 7.5 (the corresponding distance is one light second), then place 31.6 million similar lines end to end. The resulting distance is about 6 trillion miles, or in round numbers, it would be 6,000,000,000,000 miles.
NOW FOR THE EXAMPLE OF ETERNITY PROMISED ABOVE:
Let's suppose that the earth was nothing but a ball of grains of sand. Now suppose a bird could take one grain of sand and fly with it 634.20 years out, drop that grain off in space and come back 634.20 years. The round trip with one grain of sand would have taken 1268.40 years and the bird would be traveling 18,000 miles per hour. In addition, consider that the bird would have to make this trip 365 days a year, 24 hours a day without any rest.
Now let's continue to suppose that the bird did that with ten grains of sand. That total would be 12,684 years to deliver ten grains of sand to the place in the universe that is one light year away. 5000 grains of sand would take 6,342,000 years. Are you and I beginning to understand that the distance and time factors here are incredible?
Now for the final supposition: Let's suppose the earth is billions of tiny grains of sand and the bird continues to fly back and forth until he has removed every grain of sand at the pace of one grain at a time. CAN ANY OF US WRAP OUR HEAD AROUND THAT? I seriously doubt it!
I remember a person praying once, "Lord, please save those nearest to eternity." As I thought of that, another thought came to me that death knows no age. People die at every stage of life from newborn to old age. We are not guaranteed tomorrow! Consider that over 57,000,000 babies have been aborted since 1973 without a chance to live at all. The spirit inside each of those babies will live forever. Where babies go when they die remains a source of ardent discussion for some people, but I personally believe that since they never had a chance to sin they will be alright. That is just my own opinion without anything to back it up, and I really don't have any desire to pursue that subject because my concern is for those who are living. There is nothing that I can do for the dead. I can't change what happened to those who already died, but I can minister to those who are still living, and that is what matters most.
John 3:36 - 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.
Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. NOTE: Death as spoken of in this verse is spiritual death - not mere physical death.
Galatians 6:8 - For he that soweth to the flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the spirit shall of the spirit reap life everlasting.
Titus 1:2 - In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.
I Timothy 1:16 - Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long suffering for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to eternal life.
I Timothy 6:19 - Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
I John 2:25 - And this is the promise that he hath promised us; even eternal life.
Jude 1:21 - Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus unto eternal life.
There are numerous other verses speaking of eternal and/or everlasting life through the entire Bible. This is just a very small sampling of scriptures dealing with this subject, and if those reading this wish to find more, just type in either everlasting life or eternal life in the search bar on Google specifically asking for the King Jame Version (KJV) of the Bible as I did, and there will be plenty more to reference from. When God repeats something so many times through the entire Bible it has to be something of incredible importance.
SOME FOOD FOR SERIOUS THOUGHT
By J. Whitfield Green
(John 3:16; Malachi 4:1)
When the plants of our mighty cities
Have turned out their last finished work;
When our merchants have sold their last yard of silk
And dismissed the last tired clerk;
When our banks have raked in their last dollar
And paid out the last dividend;
When the Judge of the earth says, "Closed for the night,"
And asks for a balance - WHAT THEN?
When the choir has sung its last anthem,
And the preacher has made his last prayer;
When the people have heard their last sermon,
And the sound has died out on the air;
When the Bible lies closed on the altar,
And the pews are all empty of men;
And each one stands facing his record,
And the great Book is opened - WHAT THEN?
When the actors have played their last drama,
And the mimic has made his last pun;
When the film has flashed its last picture,
And the billboard displayed its last run;
When the crowds seeking pleasure have vanished
And gone out in the darkness again;
When the trumpet of ages is sounded,
And we stand up before Him - WHAT THEN?
When the bugle's call sinks into silence,
And the long marching columns stand still;
When the captain repeats his last orders,
And they've captured the last fort and hill;
And the flag has been hauled from the masthead,
And the wounded afield have checked in;
And a world that rejected its Savior,
Is asked for a reason - WHAT THEN?