Posted: October 2, 2012 at 1:51 a.m.
LITTLE ROCK DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I don’t believe that once I die there’s going to be anything more. To me, believing in heaven (or for that matter, hell) is just indulging in wishful thinking. This life is all we’ve got, so we might as well enjoy it and not worry about some kind of afterlife.
DEAR L.K.: Have you ever asked yourself if you might be the one who’s indulging in wishful thinking? After all, your e-mail suggests that you don’t want anything to interfere with the self-centered life you’re now living, but has this caused you to shut your mind to any thought of eternity?
Why do I believe there is life after death, either in heaven with God, or in that place of absolute loneliness and despair the Bible calls hell? Because this is a universal cry of the human heart. Down inside, we all sense that this life is not all there is, and that some day all the injustice and pain of this life will be made right. The Bible says that God “has also set eternity in the hearts of men” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
But the main reason I know there is life beyond the grave is because of Jesus Christ. By His death and resurrection He destroyed death’s power and opened heaven’s door for us. His promise is true: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies” (John 11:25).
Don’t turn your back on God’s promise of heaven, but face your need for Him, repent of your sins, and turn your life over to Jesus Christ. The greatest tragedy people can ever experience is to come to the end of life, and find that they are not prepared for eternity.
Write to Billy Graham in care of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the website at billygraham.org
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