The Choice of Life or Death

The purpose for human life is that God is reproducing Himself. The bottom line in all this is that, in time, all human beings will be given the opportunity to choose whether or not they want to be in God's Family. However, when the time comes, it will not be an easy transition.

We cannot become a part of God's Family with our current selfish nature because it is the opposite of God's nature. It is only through the experience of human life, of being made physical (as mortal human beings) with the selfish nature that such a life produces, that we can ever come to see (learn) what God is like when He begins to reveal Himself to us. It is only by this means that mankind can, eventually, be brought to a point where he can make such a momentous decision in life—whether he truly wants to become part of God's Family. Under man's current condition (state of life), he is incapable of making such an informed decision. God's plan involves bringing mankind to a time when each individual can make a more genuinely informed, objective decision concerning the most important choice in his or her life.

When this time comes, and for those individuals who make the initial decision to choose God's way of life, the transition from human nature to God's nature begins a long struggle over time.

This change does not come easily because the choice for God's way of life is not as simple as yes or no. It will include a mental battle against your human nature, but God will provide the means to fight this battle successfully. However, you cannot really understand this battle until you have entered into it.

Consider the time of life when entering puberty, the teen years, and finally, the transition into adulthood. These are not easy times. The struggle even continues throughout the various levels of maturity that can be attained throughout adult life. To receive what God wants for us, it will be far more difficult and far more complicated.

The decision to become a part of the God Family will not be forced upon anyone. It will be a choice. Please understand that life is not owed to anyone. If you only have life as a human being, then you have been given so very much. Human life is a gift from God. It should be recognized as such, but sadly it is not by most people.

Although, as I write this, I realize that there may be many on earth who possibly don't consider life to be such a good gift. Many are born into the wretched conditions of poverty, famine, disease, etc. However, these things are not God's fault. They are man's—the results of choices made by selfish mankind. God created the earth in beauty and abundance, and He gave mankind strong healthy bodies. Through his selfish nature, man has horribly polluted this world. Even the health of mankind has continually degenerated over the millennia because of disobedience to God. Every bad, oppressive thing in human life today is the result of man's own actions—the sins of mankind.

Again, human life is not owed to anyone. It is a gift from God, and without God, there is nothing beyond it. You live, and then, you die. It is the cycle of human life. If you live a full life, then you will have accumulated many experiences—some good and some bad. Your life is what you make it. You have only yourself to blame for the wrong (bad) choices made along the way. If God did not offer more, then this is all that there would be. You would live and then die.

Many people do not like the idea of such finality. They prefer to believe that there is life after death. And indeed there is, but not in the way man thinks or wants! Man has rejected what God has told him and most religions have adopted a concept of life that continues, whether you have been good or evil. These teachings include the idea that when people die they simply go through some kind of transition to another dimension as some sort of immortal being, never to die again.

Traditional Christianity teaches that everyone has an immortal soul that continues to live after death. This teaching is not true. It is an outright lie! Now, more than likely, this will make some people mad. But do you really think God cares if anyone gets mad over the truth? This is a great deal of the problem. People get mad at God because they do not like His ways. Something will have to change, and it will not be God.

Man has a temporary existence; he is strictly physical. He has no immortal soul. The word "soul" in scripture simply means life—existence. In Genesis, God says that he made animals living souls.

Many twist what God said about the kind of life He gave to mankind:

And the LORD [Eternal] God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life [Heb.-"life existing"], and man became a living [Heb.-"life existing"] soul [Heb.-"creature, being"]. (Genesis 2:7)

This change does not come easily because the choice for God's way of life is not as simple as yes or no. It will include a mental battle against your human nature, but God will provide the means to fight this battle successfully. However, you cannot really understand this battle until you have entered into it.

Consider the time of life when entering puberty, the teen years, and finally, the transition into adulthood. These are not easy times. The struggle even continues throughout the various levels of maturity that can be attained throughout adult life. To receive what God wants for us, it will be far more difficult and far more complicated.

The decision to become a part of the God Family will not be forced upon anyone. It will be a choice. Please understand that life is not owed to anyone. If you only have life as a human being, then you have been given so very much. Human life is a gift from God. It should be recognized as such, but sadly it is not by most people.

Although, as I write this, I realize that there may be many on earth who possibly don't consider life to be such a good gift. Many are born into the wretched conditions of poverty, famine, disease, etc. However, these things are not God's fault. They are man's—the results of choices made by selfish mankind. God created the earth in beauty and abundance, and He gave mankind strong healthy bodies. Through his selfish nature, man has horribly polluted this world. Even the health of mankind has continually degenerated over the millennia because of disobedience to God. Every bad, oppressive thing in human life today is the result of man's own actions—the sins of mankind.

Again, human life is not owed to anyone. It is a gift from God, and without God, there is nothing beyond it. You live, and then, you die. It is the cycle of human life. If you live a full life, then you will have accumulated many experiences—some good and some bad. Your life is what you make it. You have only yourself to blame for the wrong (bad) choices made along the way. If God did not offer more, then this is all that there would be. You would live and then die.

Many people do not like the idea of such finality. They prefer to believe that there is life after death. And indeed there is, but not in the way man thinks or wants! Man has rejected what God has told him and most religions have adopted a concept of life that continues, whether you have been good or evil. These teachings include the idea that when people die they simply go through some kind of transition to another dimension as some sort of immortal being, never to die again.

Traditional Christianity teaches that everyone has an immortal soul that continues to live after death. This teaching is not true. It is an outright lie! Now, more than likely, this will make some people mad. But do you really think God cares if anyone gets mad over the truth? This is a great deal of the problem. People get mad at God because they do not like His ways. Something will have to change, and it will not be God.

Man has a temporary existence; he is strictly physical. He has no immortal soul. The word "soul" in scripture simply means life—existence. In Genesis, God says that he made animals living souls.

Many twist what God said about the kind of life He gave to mankind:

And the LORD [Eternal] God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life [Heb.-"life existing"], and man became a living [Heb.-"life existing"] soul [Heb.-"creature, being"]. (Genesis 2:7)

Religious scholars have taken the term "soul" to mean an "immortal soul" that God placed in man, and man alone. Yet, here in Genesis, God shows that He made mankind a life-existing being.

It is clear that God did the same thing for other forms of life, as He created them:

And God created great whales, and every living [Heb.-"life existing"] creature [Heb.-"creature, being"] that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind, and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:21)

The word "creature" in this verse is the same as "soul" in the previous example, where God was referring to mankind. Even translators of the Bible have tried to hide the truth in these matters in an attempt to keep the idea of a "soul" completely unique to man, saying that he has an immortal life dwelling within him. There are many other examples of animals that God gave a "living soul."

Therefore, being created a "living soul" has nothing to do with immortality. It only has to do with a living existence. There is a life that is a physical existence (temporary), and there is a life that is a spiritual existence (ever-living).

Man has only been given the gift of temporary, physical existence, but God's plan includes eventually offering him spiritual, ever-living existence. Once again, please understand that physical life is not owed to anyone and neither is eternal life, since it too is a gift from God. Obviously, eternal life is a far greater gift than physical life; but it also carries with it immensely greater responsibility.

In time, all mankind will be offered eternal life or eternal death. What does this mean? God gave to every human being who has ever lived the gift of physical existence. In His time, God will offer each person the knowledge of how they can receive the gift of eternal life in His Family, and then the choice to accept it. Those who do not choose God's way will not be given eternal life, but they will be given eternal death. It is a choice. Eternal life is not owed to anyone. The only way to receive eternal life is to come to the understanding that only God's way of life is true and right. Every other way brings sorrow, destruction, suffering, misery, and every evil that degrades life. There is only one way of life that produces genuine happiness, peace, prosperity, rich relationships, etc., and that is God's way of life—there is no other.

Lucifer did not choose this way and neither did a third of the angelic realm. Not all of mankind will choose God's way, and as a result of rejecting the true ways of God, these people will be choosing eternal death, since this is the penalty for rejecting God's way.

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