Please help me, I'm lost. I'm in my 50s now and the question of life after death is on my mind a lot. I've been brought up a Methodist but stopped going to church when I was big enough to make my own decisions. . . . Being young, I lived for the moment and never gave God much thought. But now that I'm older I want to know more.
Like what does it matter if one man lives or dies? It's not going to make any difference as the world turns. We're not supposed to care about earthly things but in this country that is supposed to be "one nation under God" we probably control half the money in the world and yet millions are dying from starvation. Why? I'm sorry just have so many questions and don't know who to go to for answers. Please help me find peace for myself!
I am delighted that you wrote to us! My husband Ray and I are both in our fifties as well so we very much understand why you'd be asking these extremely important decisions now. Way to go!! <smile>
Allow me to point you to an essay on our website by Jimmy Williams called "The Most Important Decision of Your Life" here: www.probe.org/founders-corner/jimmys-essays/the-most-important-decision-of-your-life.html.
Also, please allow me to address your question of "what it matters if one man lives or dies, since it won't make any difference as the world turns." Very few people make a noticeable difference to the world at large, but EVERYONE makes a difference to the people closest to us. The world is different because of each of our lives. The question is, what kind of difference does each of us make? One for good, or for evil?
Also, your observation is very true from a worldly perspective, but from God's perspective it makes a tremendous amount of difference because He made you for Himself, and He made you for a purpose. It matters because God wants you to know how much He loves you and how deeply He wants you to accept His invitation to find your life in Him. Ultimately, a billion years from now, when the world as we know it isn't here anymore, only things from God's perspective will matter.
Jimmy's essay will help you grasp life from God's perspective. Let me know what you think after you read it, OK? But first let me pray for you.
Dear God, I lift up _______ to You and I thank You for the big smile on Your face as You see him turning over these important thoughts and decisions in his mind. Thank You for opening _______'s eyes to his need to see the big picture of life and to ask the eternally significant questions he's asking. Lord, it's only Your grace and goodness that allow him to know he is lost and needing peace. He would be blind to those truths if it weren't for You calling to him and allowing him to hear You calling. So help ______ understand his need for You and the promise that is his life, since You made him for a purpose, You made him so You could love him, and You made him so he could love You back, enjoy You forever, and make a difference because He's Your beloved creation. I pray You would help him cross over the line to become Your beloved son.
I bless you today, _______!
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About the Author
Sue Bohlin is an associate speaker with Probe Ministries. She attended the University of Illinois, and has been a Bible teacher and conference speaker for over 35 years. She is a frequent speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) and Stonecroft Ministries (Christian Women's Connections), and serves on the board and as a small group leader of Living Hope Ministries, a Christ centered outreach to those dealing with unwanted homosexuality. Sue is on the Bible.org Women's Leadership Team and is a regular contributor to Bible.org's Tapestry blog. She is also a professional calligrapher and the webmistress for Probe Ministries; but most importantly, she is the wife of Dr. Ray Bohlin and the mother of their two grown sons. Her personal website is suebohlin.com.
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