By Patrick Hawthorne
Years ago, while headed home from some location I have long since forgotten, I tuned my car radio into a gospel station. On air was an old preacher who was describing eternity. I don’t know if the thought was original or if he picked it up from another source, but the impact of what he said never left me.
“Eternity,” he said, “Can be compared to a large steel ball… O’, say about the size of a large room. Now, imagine that a line is drawn around the center of that steel ball; a line parallel to the floor. Have you got that steel ball in your mind?”
In continuing he said. “Now, I want you to imagine an eagle…just an ordinary eagle. Once a year this eagle leaves its perch and flies around the steel ball. With just the tip of its wing, the eagle’s feather barely grazes the point where the line has been drawn. Year after millions, perhaps billions of years go by with the eagle flying around that steel ball. Eventually, the friction of its wing causes a small indent. Billions more years pass before the indent becomes so deep that the steel ball collapses in on itself. At this point, eternity has just begun.”
Thinking about eternity, as described by this preacher, continues to give me reason to pause. My finite brain is incapable of fully comprehending the magnitude of eternity. Yet, it is capable of understanding that eternity is a very, very long time.
I don’t like writing downer messages, but I must follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Uneasiness comes over me as I think about what would have happened had I not accepted Jesus as my Savior.
Hell is just as much a reality as heaven. Hell will not be party central but will be a place of great sorrow and suffering…it will be eternity. There is someone reading this post who has been straddling the fence, wondering if Jesus is for real and His offer for eternal life is real. I assure you He is.
Life after death is not fantasy, but an actuality. Death of the body is just the beginning of eternity. Choose today which side of eternity you would like to live once you die. Be blessed.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17 NKJV)