THE SUPREME QUESTION

Among the strangest of all phenomena is that life’s most important question is so rarely asked. Even among the unregenerate, it would seem that circumstances should make them stop and ask themselves the question. But that there should be comparative silence in the Christian Church on so important a matter is a staggering enigma!

The question is: “Where will I spend eternity?”

In view of the fact that the Church has the answer, why do we so rarely hear this question asked us from the pulpit?

Confronted with the inevitability of death, with its visible effect all around us—in the slowly moving funeral processions, in the newspaper obituary notices, in the experiences of every home, in the stories of violence or the slow toll of disease recounted for us daily—why is the question of questions so infrequently heard? Is it because the query is foolish?—Only to those whose hearts are insensitive to the eternal.

Trivial?—Only to those who live in a realm little removed from the lower animals.

Unimportant?—Only to those who fail to understand man and his need of God’s redeeming love.

Unasked?—Only by those whose hearts and minds have been blinded by the god of this world.

Neglected?—Yes, by pulpits and individual Christians on every hand.

Rejected as lacking relevance?—Yes, but only by those who have believed “another gospel,” who ignore the clear teachings of Holy Scripture, and who have envisioned for themselves and for others a man-made device to bridge the chasm which Abraham spoke of in our Lord’s parable: “And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.”

Let us suppose that from every ...

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