I was thinking the other day about God, and my thoughts traveled to a story that I heard about a teacher who was berating a class about believing in God. His argument was that there was no physical evidence of God’s existence. He argued that because you cannot see God; that you cannot hear God; that you cannot touch God; that you can neither smell or taste God; that God cannot exist and that you cannot prove His existence. Then a student raised his hand and asked a question. Sir, do you believe that there is such a thing as cold? The professor replied, “certainly I do. Everyone knows that cold exists.” The student replied, “actually, Sir, there is no such thing as cold. There is only the absence of heat.” Then he asked a second question, “Sir, do you believe that there is such a thing a darkness?” This time the professor was a little hesitant, but replied, “yes, there is such a thing as darkness.” The student replied, “actually, sir, there is no such thing as darkness. There is only the absence of light.” He then asked the professor if he had a brain. The professor replied that he absolutely did to which the student replied, “Sir, using your logic then, since we cannot see your brain, nor can we feel your brain, nor can we hear, smell or taste your brain, then you must not have a brain. The conclusion of this argument must be that there are things that exist that we do not understand nor perceive.
My thoughts then proceeded to the concept of Hell and what those in hell will face. We know from scripture that the only reason a person will go there is that they have rejected God and His will for man (which is only good). Joh 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. Time and time again they have rejected the goodness of God and all His ways. They have lived under grace and it has made them disgusted. They have fought everything that is right and good to have their own way. We also know that Hell was not made for man but that it was prepared for the Devil and his angles. Mt 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: A person winds up in hell because he has rejected God and all that He is, in preference to a life without God. God doesn’t send a person to hell because of their badness but because of their rejection of His goodness. They choose to go there to get away from God and His authority on their lives.
Then I began to consider what life would be like without God and His grace. Goodness would be absent. Justice would be nonexistent. Pleasantries and ease would be gone. Rest would never come. There would be no light but the continual absence of light. There would be no hope as their hope was in themselves. The absence of everything that fulfills our lives would be gone and all that would be left is the hollowness that fill a life without hope and goodness. These results would pervade the darkness and then one heavy realization would settle in, that it did not have to be that way but when you reject all that is good then you choose all that is bad. I pray that you will make wise choices now while there is light.