Atheist ponders the reality of life after death – the purpose of life constrained by Time?
A Christian response…
The entire reasoning for life in Time is preparation for Eternity. Mankind is simply a living spirit encapsulated within a body of decaying flesh (2 Corinthians 5:8). Death of the body is the genesis of true life as the spirit of man sheds the constraints of flesh imprisoned by Time and physics (1 John 3:2).
Why is mankind on Earth?
You and I are in a cataclysmic cosmic struggle that was initiated in the Realm of the Spiritual before the beginning of Time. God the Father is dealing with sin-rebellion-an attempted coup d’état initiated in the Kingdom of God and having removed that destructive sin and the culprits initiating same and placed them within the constraints of Time; the removal of sin from the Kingdom of God is the all encompassing causation for the creation of matter – Time – the Universe – Earth – human kind. God the Father, in the interest of maintaining volitional love with His faithful angelic creation, is presently demonstrating why sin and those advocating for rebellion must be dealt with appropriately with justice, equity, for Eternity…God is demonstrating why sin cannot be permitted to exist within the Kingdom (Revelation 21:27).
God is dealing with the destructiveness of sin apart from His Kingdom (Revelation 21:27; Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:14-18; Luke 10:18; Revelation 12). That struggle is observable to human KIND subsequent to the Genesis by watching the ever-present struggle between Allah-Islam-Iran (Satan) v. Yeshua-Jesus-Israel (1 John 3:8b). God’s Plan to defeat the works of Lucifer was initiated in Eden (Genesis 3:14) and concluded with the victory of Messiah-Jesus at the Crucifixion 4000-years later with Jesus conquering death, Hell, the grave and Satan for everyone who believes-trusts in Jesus Christ as Lord for the mediation of sin (Romans 8:37).
Choose whom you will serve…
The death of the body in Time is the beginning of true Life. Mankind makes the “choice” within the constraints of Time relevant to his/her alliances. You are free to battle for God the Father by believing in the Son, Jesus Christ as Lord (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10), receiving the indwelling Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13; 1 John 2:27; John 16:13)) and serving God as His warrior for the Gospel (Ephesians 6:12-13) – or – you can reject God’s Plan for your life and serve Satan-Lucifer by default via your rebellion and suffer a similar fate as Satan subsequent to the death of your body in Time (Luke 16; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 20:10). You must choose whom you will serve (Joshua 24:14-15). The Age of Grace (God’s offer of a pardon from sin) for every man and woman is finalized at our last exhalation (Hebrews 9:27).
Jesus Christ clarifies that the primary purpose for His appearing in Time is to defeat the works of the Devil (1 John 3:8b). Jesus also clarifies that His Kingdom is NOT of this World or this Realm of Time (18:36). You’re either FOR Jesus as His ally or your against Him as His enemy. Without Jesus Christ as your Lord to mediate your sin, you will not see life in God’s Kingdom (John 8:24; John 14:6). Simply put, God the Father is NOT going to allow your destructive, unrepentant, sin to enter His Kingdom subsequent to the death of our body in Time!
Rickey D. Holtsclaw