Starting at the End: Heaven and Hell

It’s clear that all the previous worldviews—Secular Humanism, Marxism, New Age, and Islam—believe that the world has serious problems that only their system can address. The Secular Humanist thinks that humanity is responsible for the realization of the world of its dreams, with a world government at the helm. Nations must be subordinated to a global government for the good of mankind. Marxism says that a classless utopia is possible, but before we live in a communist world, we must go through the next stage in economic evolution, which would be socialism. New Age also adheres to the next step in man’s evolution, but it isn’t economic; it is spiritual. By grasping the fact that we are all part of God, we can take the next step in human development and live as one. Finally, Islam states that the world must return to submission to Allah, and this will be achieved by spreading the teachings of the Quran or by jihad.

However, none of these worldviews actually address the real problem: man’s sinfulness. Of all the worldviews, only Christianity states that the greatest need of man is redemption. It is not more government, more wealth, higher consciousness, or the teachings of Allah that we need; we need Jesus. Furthermore, Christianity is the only worldview that says a better world is made not by man, but by God alone.  The Bible describes it as “a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness,” (2 Peter 3:13).  This perfect world is based on God’s redemptive work in Jesus, who would have rather died than live without us.

Starting at the end with Christianity reveals that war, famines, earthquakes, and false Christs will continue until the end. Before the Lord’s return, the Gospel will be preached to all nations, a great falling away from the faith will occur, and believers will be treated terribly. Only Christ’s Second Coming will rescue the persecuted Church, which happens after cosmic upheavals occur that are seen by all people. Thereafter Judgment Day ensues, ushering in the eternal states of heaven and hell.

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