ETERNAL LIFE! Were there ever two words that could stir up more controversy and opinions than those two words? Some scoff at the very thought that there is such a thing. Some people think maybe there is the possibility but they are not sure how it could come about. Many people have invented or devised their own spiritual belief system on the topic. Organized religious systems abound around the world based on the belief of eternal life or the possibility of eternal life. Sincere people are often led astray because of cultic figures who manipulate them and charlatans abound who toss about imagined paths to achieve eternal life but they really are all about gaining material wealth at your expense.
God’s desire from the very time He created man was that they spend the rest of eternity in intimate fellowship with one another. I am sure you know the account found in Genesis in the Bible of how man sinned against God and lost that intimate fellowship. A loving God provided a way for man to continue His relationship and fellowship with God and God also provided a way for sinful man to connect to God and have eternal life. In the end Adam and Eve and you and I must connect with God on His terms not in our cleverly devised systems of religion, not through the religious systems of the world, nor through charismatic individuals who promise eternal well-being through their pathway to God whether for free or through monetary gifts.
The most famous verse in the Bible, probably, states God’s plan for eternal life most simply, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16 NIV). When all the arguments, human beliefs, and organized religions are written about, talked about, and dissected it all boils down to one simple thing that God Himself has stated; eternal life for each person depends on faith in the work of Jesus on the cross. As the Apostle John said following the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son,” (1 John 5:11 NIV). Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die,” (John 11:25-26 NIV). Death does not hold fear for the Christian because we know what lies beyond the grave. God is good to provide us with His truths on eternal life through His book the Bible so we are not left to wonder about eternal life or the process with which to attain it. Neither money, nor fame, nor works, nor charismatic individuals to guide us are needed. Only Jesus and faith in Him and His work on the cross on our behalf is necessary.