DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I don’t believe anything happens after we die. When we die, that’s the end, and hopefully we’ve had a good time along the way. People who think we’re going to go on living in some perfect world are just kidding themselves, in my opinion. — C.P.
DEAR C.P.: Your letter saddened me because it means you’re living only for this present world — with all of its problems and uncertainties — and you have nothing to look forward to. You’re like those of whom the Bible speaks, “without hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12).
I can’t help but wonder if you’ve really thought through what it means to believe that death is the end, and there is no heaven or final judgment. If this is true, it means you will never again see those you once loved.
If this is true, it means there is no final justice; the tyrants and abusers and murderers of this world will never have to pay for their sins. And if this is true, your life has no ultimate meaning or purpose, nor does it have any hope.
But listen: This isn’t true! This life isn’t all there is; you and I were made for eternity. We know this because slightly over 2,000 years ago God came down from heaven in the person of his son, Jesus Christ. He did this to make our salvation possible by opening heaven’s door for every person who turns to him in faith and trust.
I can’t help but wonder, however, why you’ve come to this conclusion. Is it because you don’t want God in your life? Don’t let pride, or sin, or anything else keep you from Christ, because “whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
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