Heaven and Hell are real places and we can choose our destiny here on earth today. We live like there is no tomorrow. We are so taken up by what we see and hear, and what appears real is the only reality we know. However, there is a greater reality we don’t know because it is hidden by the overwhelming input from our senses. We think this earthly reality is all there is to it until death knocks on our door. Death is the reality of an end to this life. We don’t want to think of death because it is a reality that appears so distant. When sickness strikes us, we realize we are not immortal.
God becomes real when we are faced with a crisis. Our sense of reality is challenged. We come face to face with something that threatens our being. And we appear to operate in this realm of here and not here. We lose a grip on reality as we know it. And we want to hang on to something or someone that can save us. This someone is beyond ourselves. We come close to knowing a reality beyond what we sense. And we approach the realm of the spirit. We suddenly become aware of a greater power beyond ourselves. This power comes close to us and calls us to come to follow Him.
God has revealed Himself through Jesus. We can know Him through Jesus the Son of God. He has reserved a place for us in heaven. Without Him, there is only hell. Jesus came to save us from an eternity in hell. We know this because when death knocks on our door we cry out, “Oh my God”. Even an atheist will cry out for God when faced with death. Death is a reality that we face daily but ignore it. We are only a breath away from death. Suddenly we can be faced with this reality and all we hold dear loses its grip. We become a persona non grata. Come now to Him who can save to the utmost. He is the only reality that we need. All else is an illusion of the real.