I’ve heard the stories all my life, of heaven and hell and what it will be like to spend eternity in each respectively. As a child, the stories were simple and it was easy to believe them. As a child, I also believed in Santa, Cinderella and the Tooth Fairy. As a young adult entering college, the stories taught were more factual. Using Scripture as a reference, the undeniable Truth was portrayed within the frame of mysteries yet discovered. As a young adult, it was still easy to believe. As a young adult, the surrounding world shouted differently than what I believed, but the harshness of the world’s story only solidified what I believed.
In heaven, there will be no more tears and nothing to fear. In heaven, there will be no more death and no reason for pain. In heaven, all will be well and beautiful. In heaven, there will be an eternity of Peace and Love and Light.
In hell, there will be eternal darkness and anguish, eternal separation from Beauty, Peace, Love and Light.
As an older adult now facing midlife, I read articles and listen to broadcasts of the world’s harshness that has not diminished in force from young adult years. There is more hatred and jealousy at family reunions than at a meeting of the United Nations. There is as much condemnation, blame, shame and oppression in American churches as in the caste system of third world countries. Nations attack nations, separated by an expanse of geography and culture, yet united to claim rights and power over the other based on fear, greed and ignorance. Overpopulation plagues the globe, yet many sit at home alone, lonely and forgotten. The stories of life are always so, so complicated. As an older adult in midlife, I have wondered of late if this is life now, why would I want to experience hell for eternity when it feels like hell every day now? Is there a difference?
Squeezed between all the articles of anguish, attack, darkness, evil, hatred and strife, there is yet one more section to read. In Healthy Living, you can learn how to do this and that to support a balanced life and to live longer. As an older adult in midlife, I have wondered of late if this is life now, why would I want to live longer?
In heaven, there will be no more tears and nothing to fear. In heaven, there will be no more death and no source for pain. In heaven, all will be well and beautiful. In heaven, there will be an eternity of Peace and Love and Light. If indeed this is true, I cannot wait to live it for myself.