Is Evil an Illusion or Reality?

Is Evil an Illusion or Reality?

Some religions suggest that evil is just an illusion. That it is a condition of the mortal mind. Others have said it is a result of ignorance and superstitions and if you don’t think about it evil will go away.

Our life experiences argue otherwise. We lock our cars and houses. We have security systems. We have laws against murder, rape, child abduction, lying under oath, etc. Yes evil is real.

It came about when Adam and Eve used their gift of free will to disobey God. There was only one commandment and they chose not to keep it. At that moment the human race and the earth began to experience the opposite of God’s goodness, evil.

Evil is the absence of God. We see it expressed in pain, suffering, discord, war and death. The ‘good news’ is that God reigns and one day evil will be overthrown. All those who put their trust in him will live eternally where there is no pain, no suffering and no death.

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What will Christian Resurrection Bodies Be Like?

What will Christian Resurrection Bodies Be Like?

This is a very familiar question and the same question that the apostle Paul answers in 1 Corinthians 15:35-52. He uses the analogy of the seed and the flower. Our earthly bodies are like the seed. Our heavenly bodies are like the flower. The seed and the flower are very different as our earthly bodies and our heavenly bodies will be. The seed is buried in the earth and a beautiful flower emerges. A beautiful analogy.

Our present bodies are appropriate for this life on planet earth but God is going to give us new glorious spiritual bodies suited for the life to come. We do not know all the details of our resurrection bodies because quite frankly they are beyond our human understanding. As Paul wrote,” Lo, I tell you a mystery… we shall all be changed in the twinkling of an eye.”

That said however, we do know that we will recognize each other in our new glorious bodies. They will be without sin, sickness, sorrow, weakness, and will never die. Our resurrection bodies will be eternal and nothing can ever again separate us from the love of Christ, our Lord. We will be united with those believers and family members we have loved and been apart from for awhile.

This is all we really need to know about what our resurrection heavenly bodies will be like. The rest we can leave to God. Jesus said, “When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” (John 14:3 NLT) Jesus will be coming only for those for whom He is Savior and Lord. Jesus is coming again. (1 Thessalonians 4:16) Are you ready for His return?

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What Components of Your Being Reside in Your Soul? Do They Survive when Your Body Dies?

What Components of Your Being Reside in Your Soul? Do They Survive when Your Body Dies?

These are two of the greatest mysteries of life. The answer to the first question is partly based on medical evidence or the lack of it as the soul cannot be found within the physical body. We get some clues as to what faculties or components of a person could be eternal and reside in the soul from Jesus’ words in Luke 10:27.

When Jesus was asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” He answered, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind.” These components are what appear to constitute the total you. Simply stated, you are your soul and have a body.

It is therefore most likely that at least your mind and heart (your personality/emotions) are distinct parts of your being and components of your soul. Other elements of the soul are believed to be the will, conscience, intuition, beliefs and perhaps sense of curiosity. The soul uses the senses to experience the external world. Some people who have had out of body experiences have reported to have the senses of both sight and hearing.

The Bible states that when your body dies, as all will, those who have put their faith and trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior will never die (John 11:26). In fact, believers are promised a new glorious body suited for eternity that will never die. The implication is that your eternal soul with it’s timeless components will survive physical death and be placed into that new glorious body. (Philippians 3:21). Sounds pretty exciting but only if Jesus is your Savior. Is He? If not, why not?