Hell on Earth

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(In the great Russian novel, The Brothers Karamazov, author Fyodor Dostoevsky said, “If there is no God, all things are permissible.” Our reader, Mark Gaylord, has penned a piece exploring a few consequences of such a scenario. It is why there is such a nihilistic emptiness at the center of modern culture. Fortunately, there is God – and He is preparing to call His people back to Him.-CJ)

By Mark Gaylord

What if there is no God?  What if Atheists are right?  What would that mean and what would be the conclusions to draw if the premise were fully thought out?

If there is no God then there was no miraculous creation, in fact there would be no miracles at all.  If there is no God, life itself is just a fluke of nature, a lucky happenstance.  This would mean we were not created by God with a purpose and as a consequence life would have no intrinsic “meaning”.  If true we were not created with any moral purpose at all.  I personally find it hard to believe my life or that of my children have no higher purpose or meaning other than that of un-designed continued biologic processes.

If there is no God, there are no moral absolutes.  There would be no supreme authority dictating right or wrong.  If there is no God, there is no moral right or wrong, nor absolute moral truths.  These would just be relative concepts.  What is right for one may or may not be right for another.  If there is no God, Hitler wasn’t wrong nor immoral. He was just more powerful and luckier than others, while he was, until he wasn’t.  Without God such historic accounts don’t matter at all and there are no valid lessons or conclusions to draw regarding good and/or evil.

If there is no God then there is no higher authority than brute force or personal or group decisions.  Nothing has value outside of what any creature itself decides is of value or what “values” are forced on him/her.  Value and values are nothing more than mere individual personal concepts without God.  Without God life has no absolute value.  Serial killer?  So what?  Who is to say with any certainty it is wrong to kill?  On what basis would it be wrong?  Abortion? No one could have been made in the image of God, so there should be no fuss.  Infanticide, euthanasia are fine as long as it is to someone else!  If we ended all life, it would not matter as life would have no value outside itself.  The fact is there would be no such thing as “Sin” since by definition sin is that which is opposed to the will of God, and if there is no God it cannot exist.

Slavery would be a non-issue since no foundational moral arguments against it could be made.  Inflicting pain on others would be OK, if you think it is, as their life would have no value (nor would yours or mine).  “Might” might as well make right.  Without God nobody has any moral rights at all with no supreme authority to perfectly declare what is a right and true.  As noted above our concepts of “rights” would be based on nothing more than personal or group opinions and those can and do change (and would have no value anyway).  Justice becomes a hollow concept at best, probably nothing more than unjustified revenge.  Without God there are no moral consequences.  Life eventually ends and that is it.  Why should we bother having or serving on a police force or as Judges?  Why would anyone serve others at all unless it was of a personal benefit to themselves?  Laws become nothing more than a form of mob rule!

If there is no God why be kind?  “Mercy”, “Love”, “Kindness” no longer would have a moral basis, they just be irrational behaviors.  Love is reduced to a set of mere electro-chemical reactions in a brain, nothing more.  Love would just be an evolved behavior to improve the odds of the continuation of a chain of an otherwise meaningless existence.  Emotions in others could just be ignored.  Did or do you have a loving Mother, Father, other relatives or friends?  Are they just fools?  Are you at all Loving toward others?  Without God, Love becomes nothing more than nature’s way of coercing you to do things contrary to your own good, like making sacrifices for others.  Without God – (excuse the phrase) “to Hell with everyone else!” Is there or can there even be a hell if there is no God? Without God justice makes no sense.   With no God no actual evil exists.  Maybe a modern day cannibal like Jeffrey Dahmer was on to something, that valueless people are at least potentially good to eat and there is nothing actually wrong with that given a pure, consistent, well thought out atheistic view.

Cold blooded murder?  So what?  Without God we established that nothing of absolute value is lost, no actual rights existed to be denied, and there was no ultimate meaning nor purpose contradicted.  In effect the person’s “luck” just ran out, as that’s all life is without God, a stroke of luck (if you can call an existence devoid of any meaning “luck”).

Do you have or want kids? Why? They become nothing more than a resource drain if you were to even bother to waste your time to provide for the worthless things. Drug abuse, lawlessness, debauchery, murder, pollution, theft, slavery, rape, abortion etc. should not be a concern, as there is no basis for concern and it is a waste of effort to worry about anyone’s meaningless, valueless life (even your own).

Without God the rational thing to do is just turn our backs on anything we don’t like.  Leaving the world a better place is a complete waste of effort.  No use saving the wales, baby seals or baby anything unless you personally benefit or profit from doing it.  Murder involves no real loss, nor does suicide since life has no value without God. Ultimately to say “There is no God” means there is no value to myself or anyone or anything. Is it any wonder that “Religiously unaffiliated subjects had significantly more lifetime suicide attempts and more first-degree relatives who committed suicide than subjects who endorsed a religious affiliation” (“Religious Affiliation and Suicide Attempt”, Kanita Dervic, M.D., Maria A. Oquendo, M.D., Michael F. Grunebaum, M.D., Steve Ellis, Ph.D., Ainsley K. Burke, Ph.D., J. John Mann, M.D. 2004, The American Journal of Psychiatry Volume 161, Issue 12 Pgs. 2303-2308).  Many other studies draw the same types of conclusions.

Belief that there is no God or living as such makes self-centered behaviors such as actively partaking in evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly all become “appropriate”.  All the things opposed by a belief in God and commitment to follow Godly teachings are ultimately opposed by Atheistic, Luciferian, Satanic or other non-God based belief systems.

Without God there is no rational “Hope”, only luck or the lack there of.  The logical thing given the false premise is to live with an attitude of all for me and me alone!  Ever notice that those who live as if there is no God (don’t believe, don’t care or have rejected) often have some of the traits and thought patterns described to various degrees?  At the extreme these characteristics are what we understand as traits of someone who is evil or demonic.  Earlier I stated that without God there is no hell, but in all actuality and by definition Hell is a location devoid of God, if there is no God, we are in a living hell with no real hope.

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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39 Responses to Hell on Earth

  1. As believers, we appreciate this knowledge, but the ones who don’t believe, where can you go, lid like to send it to a family member, but he has all the answers, as long is he is nice and a good person. I’m accused of judging others. Satan has him and given him every answer. I feel defeated when speaking to him. He doesn’t believe and feels sorry for me, believing as he says a myth. 😞

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    • DanSouthChicago says:

      I guess all you can do is live joyfully and hopefully, giving him an example of what he’s missing. And, of course, pray for him, that Our Lord either gently taps him on the shoulder or gets in his face – whatever the Lord decides works best for him. Give him over to Our Mom to intercede on his behalf. People who have “all the answers” usually need to have their intellectual pride disarmed first and debate usually doesn’t do the job. That’s just my two cents. Prayers are going up for him, for you and your family. God bless.

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      • Thank you for the encouragement and prayers. May God bless you and yours.

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      • ann says:

        Dan from South Chicago–yes. This is my experience. Debate is a losing strategy these days with most people. This has to be fought on the spiritual level. Deborah just hang in there and trust trust trust that Jesus loves your family members more than you do and He’s placed you in the midst of them as a sign that He is not giving up on them. He put you there to pray for them.

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    • Mark Gaylord says:

      I think poking at the fundamentals, “What is good?”, “Why is it good?”, “How do you know?”, “do others know and agree?”, “What makes right right?”, “Who decides?”, etc. can lead to an understanding that relativism means nothing is intrinsically good, as good becomes nothing more than a personal preference. If a person changes their mind on a topic is their position still good? Was it ever good? As these concepts are addressed people will often try to deflect since the reality is so uncomfortable. I often find when this is addressed they fall back to circular arguments. As an example an atheist friend friend of mine when addressing the origin of life mentioned space aliens could have brought life to earth, so I asked who/what made the aliens? All the argument does is push the idea of creation somewhere else, but it is left unanswered.

      Once a person understands that on moral issues (such as murder or personal rights) there are absolutes, and they can not come from mob rule or personal opinion alone, that an absolute, consistent moral authority is needed then atheistic beliefs fall apart. I’d just keep asking “based on what?” on finer and finer detail to their argument just breaks down.

      And of course if nothing else (and as the first and best strategy) just pray for him. God wants to save us all, and God being omnipotent can.

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      • Thank you, I’m not good at this back forth stuff, I will continue to pray for him and my whole famil, who seem to be in their own world and don’t respond to faith.

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        • Petra says:

          Debrorah: I want to relate something that just happened yesterday that I think relates to your questions about those you love who seem to be far from God.
          I went to my cousin Carolyn’s funeral yesterday. She was only 55 years old, and died from colon cancer. She was a special education teacher and behavioral intervention specialist for 28 years. She was a devout Catholic and lived her faith. The church was packed at her funeral Mass. She touched so many lives with her goodness.
          After the funeral dinner some of our family gathered at Carolyn’s sister’s house. As it turned out almost all of us there were people of very strong faith. One who was there, however, is one who has fallen away, and now lives with a gay partner. His mother was there as well, a woman of very strong faith. In the past she has told him what he is doing is wrong, but that she loves him forever, and there is a sort of “truce,” between them, he having no doubt about what she thinks of his lifestyle and what she wishes he would do, but he is not ostracized by her (or by any of our family, even though we all know his situation).
          As we were talking the conversation turned to my dear departed cousin Carolyn, and some of the incidents of her last days and hours: the prayers said, the priest’s last visit, receiving of the Sacrament of the Sick, her devotion to Our Lady and the Sacred Heart, and all of us were relating various things about our own experiences with death, our faith in God, promises made to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, scripture that came to mind, and so on. We were just talking.
          I glanced over at my cousin who is living a gay lifestyle, and his eyes were as large as saucers. I don’t think he has ever been in a room where almost everyone has a strong faith and are sharing that in conversation. It was as if he was seeing and hearing for the first time a company of people who actually believe in God as his mother does. It was as if God was touching his heart. No one was pressing religion on him. He was just a spectator listening to the lived faith of members of his extended family. But something was impacting him.
          What will happen? I don’t know, but God works in mysterious ways. We people of Faith must just keep praying and witnessing and being Christians and let God arrange the rest for those we love. We must remember He loves them more than we do.
          I have confidence God answers every prayer that is in accordance with His will, and it is most certainly His will is that everyone be saved.
          Deborah, I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers. God bless.

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          • Thank you so much Petra for sharing a beautiful story, I know and believe if he and the rest of family can be saved they will be. I had just had a conversation with him before responding to the post and was feeling pretty down. My immediate family members are either non believers or just not giving it much thought and not practicing. So I so appreciate your prayers and all who have offered up prayers. I know we just have to keep praying for all the unbelievers. May God bless you and yours. Spiritual battle rages on. Rosary in hand. 😊

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            Isn’t God wonderful, how He works in the world where sin abounds, and many of us “wear” our sins literally on our sleeves. We are not our sins, we are greater than the sin we identify with, and, which there is never a valid reason to choose a sinful lifestyle, but, we live it, and people do not have to wear a tag. We all are sinners. We are all weak. We can all judge, but, in the end, God is judge. It is sad to see that people who are living or intend to live this “out-of-the-closet and for all to see, and just suck it up, if you don’t like it” attitude. They really, those who want to make their identity that of gay and flaunting their sinful existence as though they do not have anything to care about, especially their souls. Yeah, God understands all His children are sinners. But, there is a dark cloud in our midst to destroy the family. What would we be if God did not create us with families? I cannot thank you enough for your take on how sometimes, we really do not need to use words when we evangelize, just actions, especially when a loved one has passed on. There is love and mercy for all who want it. We sure do need it. God bless and sorry for your loss, but, God has your loved one now, and we can be so very thankful He is always there in our midst. pam, from NJ.
            WE ARE REALLY NOT OUR SINS!

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          • NancyA says:

            Petra, I will offer a little prayer that your cousin WAS impacted in a way that will bear fruit when it’s best. I have family members and friends who are similarly separated. We’ll all remember them all together. xo

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      • Pam Nicholson says:

        OH, SO WONDERFULLY AND APTLY PUT! I wish I could say things that you said the way you said it. Keep writing! Love it! pam, from NJ.

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    • jay g says:

      Hey Deborah: Your point is well taken. As Charlie has told us on various occasions, we all have challenges with those who are close to us as well as with those we encounter. See his comments on his encounter with the atheist in a rural convenience store. What Charlie seems to be telling us is to be real and to live in the moment. I really like his presentations on the various encounters he had while on his pilgrimage. And as DanSouthChicago and others here point out, we are to “live joyfully and hopefully, giving an example of what he’s missing.” And we can pray for them. One of the neat things I am finding about the oral recitation of the Holy Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament is that it gives us an opportunity to pray for others and for all of those we shall encounter in our daily lives, as well as for the mitigation of the chaos we find happening in our culture. As a group we come together before daily Mass and recite the Holy Rosary. To Jesus through Mary really is a powerful devotion! Also, I recently came across this prayer in Father Richard M. Heilman’s Fortes In Fide, Church Militant Prayer Book. In it he quotes, “Jesus told St. Faustina, ‘When you say this prayer, with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion.’ This is the prayer:
      “O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for
      us, I trust in You.”
      He goes on to say, “you should pray this prayer at the beginning of your Chaplet of Divine Mercy for your fallen comrade(someone who has lost or is losing their faith).” Hope this helps!

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  2. Pam Nicholson says:

    Once again, we have a winner! Great and inspirationally evangelistiftying! Love your writings. pam, from NJ.

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  3. After hearing the news , that is just what I was thinking, “Hell on Earth” So I stepped out and went to Adoration at our Parish…I want to stay grounded, sitting there praying, my little red-head Great Granddaughter came out of nowhere and gave me a great big hug, the kindergarten teacher ( an awesome lady) brought her class to Adoration, So Emmalyn in her little navy blue jumper, in total silence, hugged me and went quietly back to her seat. Such a consolation. God is Good!!

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    • Beckita says:

      Precious sign of hope at that!

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    • KimS says:

      I brought my 8 yr old son to adoration with my on the last first Friday. He wasn’t too thrilled to be there on such a beautiful sunny afternoon, lol
      I was on my knees praying the Hall Mary, when the Lord came forth, took my son’s face in his hands and said thank you for coming to see me little one, now go and play.
      Wow! I looked at my son, but he didn’t seem to notice.

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  4. Anne says:

    Pope arrives in New York on feast of
    Our Lady of Mercy…….. We need Her.

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  5. Dear Charlie,
    I pray that St Raphael may accompany you in your ‘tour’.

    I’m working on “Tips for staying afloat (mentally and spiritually) in a crisis.”
    I’ll be drawing on my personal experience of how I got through my storms–or rather, how I let God get me through. I took another big hit in the last few weeks. I was completely exhausted–yet I’m standing up again, praise God. The first installment is pasted here for the benefit of viewers. (However, fewer people look in the comments section. Is it perhaps worth a full page–another guest post? And that way you still get to have a rest from writing! Anyway, it’s up to you–no offence taken if you decide against it.) I think it will be of great benefit if others can add their own comments on how they managed (or are managing) to get through their own storms or crises, and whether anything I have written resonates with their experience.

    Tips for staying afloat (mentally and spiritually) in a crisis. Part I. (Brendan Peter Thomas).
    https://brendanpeterthomas.wordpress.com/2015/09/19/tips-for-staying-afloat-mentally-and-spiritually-in-a-crisis-part-i/

    1.So here’s the thing: you have to grow up. The situation that you are in requires your transformation. It requires you to die a little, or a lot. Don’t be afraid of dying to self, for resurrection always follows death to self—it is a law of being. Trust in that law of being, in which life always triumphs over death. Let go and give yourself over to it. Your natural reaction in a crisis is to hold on to something that is slipping away from you—something that you relied upon, something that you took for granted, something that kept your world together, something that you found your security in, something that made you feel worthwhile, something that gave your life meaning, something that gave you a sense of identity. Well, that something is now slipping away. One way of reacting is to hold on, to refuse to accept that this thing is slipping away. A person might continue to hold on to it because they do not believe that life is possible without it (without their youth, a loved one, their health, their wealth, their job, and so on). A person might believe that without such-and-such, they have no identity. And so they hold on to the thing that is slipping away with the same force as they would hold on to their very existence. They are trying to preserve their very life, their very being. What this person needs to see and accept is that life is still possible for them, even without that thing that is slipping away. True, life can never be the same. But life moves on. That’s the essence of life—it’s always moving on. There is a more spiritual way of being waiting for them—for you—on the other side of the act of letting go. You are being led into a greater expanse of being, a broader horizon, a higher level of spirituality. You are being offered a new nobility, a deeper intimacy with God, a deeper insight into reality, a greater love of everything, and more spiritual freedom and power. But none of this comes without the pain and loss of dying—to the old way of being, the old way of seeing things, the old way of doing things. The price of the spiritual glory that awaits you is an interior crucifixion—of your nature, your old habits, your ego, your attachments. You don’t have to go looking for this crucifixion. The crisis you are in is taking care of that for you. Yes, it is agonising—I know. But it is the way forward. The agony you are underdoing is not some cosmic mistake. It is not some cosmic joke made at your expense. It is a gift of divine providence. Not all providence is cotton wool, but it is always for the best. And God never allows hardship without offering the grace to endure the hardship and make proper use of it. The strength and sanity that you need for this trial is there waiting for you, in the form of grace. But the only way to receive this grace fully is to let go of your self, your world, your identity as you now know it. You have to trust that there is a Life waiting for you on the other side of the painful process of letting go and dying to self. You have to let go and give yourself over to the law of dying and rising again. The strength you need to endure this trial and continue in life will not be available to you if you hold onto to your old way of being (if you can endure without letting go of your old way of being, then by definition, you are not in a crisis at all). You need to let God create you again, from the ground up. You need to trust that you will live again—in a different way—after being crushed.
    2. In order to make that act of trust, it may help if you recognise this: It is now impossible for you to keep going without being transformed by grace. There is now no way for you to be sane and happy and peaceful without being transformed into a different, deeper person (with all the true parts of yourself resurrected). The way of dying and rising again is the only Way forward. This Way is a sure path forward, for it is God’s Way. This Way has been taken by millions upon millions before you.
    2. Move beyond whining and complaining. Lose the ‘why me’ rhetoric. I don’t mean audible complaining and questioning so much as the attitude behind it. That attitude is pathetically short-sighted. Do you really think you deserve all the gifts that you have been given? Do you really think that are entitled to a comfortable, pain-free life, especially give your track record (your sin)? Do you really believe that God, or life, is obliged to make things go the way that you want? Do you really believe that things have to go the way that you think they are ‘supposed’ to—and that if they don’t, some grand injustice is being committed against you, or that some big mistake has happened? Who are you, in the grand scheme of things? Did you give yourself your existence? Did you design this great universe? Do you hold everything in order? Do you see to it that everything works out the best? Do you see everything, just as God sees everything? Moreover, whatever gave you the idea that all these things that you depend on—some of which are now slipping away—have been promised to you, forever? And why do you believe that you are entitled to keep existing in the same way, indefinitely? Indeed, what gave you the impression that it is even possible to stay the same—as if your current way of being could have been sustained until the end? The purpose of every gift is to bring you closer to the Giver. The same purpose can also be served by taking those gifts away

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  6. donna says:

    We do have refuge these days…..In the Eucharist (Mass and Adoration) and in the Rosary and Divine Mercy and living in the Divine Will. Going to weekly confession recently keeps me focused on my shortcomings and not others…..I need to get better at reading scripture and when I take long walks in the woods or my neighborhood I am “present” and ready for God. Every day, I can wake up and say….Good Morning God, Donna reporting for duty……CrewDog where are you?

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  7. Judith Gaylord says:

    Absolutely inspired and a wonderful explanation!  So thankful to God for you and for your deep devotion and concern and sacrifice and your writing of this piece of Truth. With deep, maternal love,,your blessed Mom. From: The Next Right Step To: jryanva216@yahoo.com Sent: Friday, September 18, 2015 6:29 PM Subject: [New post] Hell on Earth #yiv4366314960 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv4366314960 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv4366314960 a.yiv4366314960primaryactionlink:link, #yiv4366314960 a.yiv4366314960primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv4366314960 a.yiv4366314960primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv4366314960 a.yiv4366314960primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv4366314960 WordPress.com | charliej373 posted: “(In the great Russian novel, The Brothers Karamazov, author Fyodor Dostoevsky said, “If there is no God, all things are permissible.” Our reader, Mark Gaylord, has penned a piece exploring a few consequences of such a scenario. It is why there is such a” | |

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  8. Doug says:

    The religion of the progressive left.

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  9. Bob says:

    I am thinking of smaller storms today. Recently I have again struggled with my old addiction and I think I was again beginning to trust in myself as if I myself could remove addictive obsessions from my mind by my effort or my willpower. I cannot but God can if I will let him. As I work with addicts I surely needed to be reminded of this again as I was beginning to again get a bit proud and Charlie reminds us that God will need to strip all vanity from us. And I think discouragement over the hopeless situations some of my clients live in was getting me down. “God help my unbelief”.

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    • Rara Avis says:

      Sir, Thank you for sharing this with all here. I will regularly pray for you to be given strength to meet each challenge. My husband and I have had, what seems to be of late, an avalanche of opportunities to put complete trust in God; however, these trials are mere inconveniences compared to the battle you wage every day for yourself and in the helping of others. Remember, Bob, you are important! — Brenda
      Please, God, may Bob not grow weary and allow him, someday, to know the joy of miraculous healing, be it during the Storm or after Mother Mary’s Rescue. Amen.

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      • Beckita says:

        Beautiful prayer, Rara. I agree and unite with you in prayer for this intention, so lovingly composed.

        “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19) Tomorrow is the Feast of St. Matthew so may he continue to intercede for Bob.

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      • Bob says:

        Thanks all for the prayers. Some days I feel like I am working in that coal mine and am seeing the canaries dying as the toxic gases are accumulating. May God soon act to make things better and may we learn to trust in God and not in ourselves.

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        • Bob says:

          And we can’t say “Oh my the canaries are all dying, it doesn’t bother me. I am not a canary”. We must remember we all breath the same air just as we are all living in a toxic culture so let us remember to pray that we will, by grace, be protected from the poison ourselves, while we try to help others find their way out!

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          • Pam Nicholson says:

            I have to tell you this because I have seen this and you maybe have as well. When anyone strives with love in their heart to grow closer to God, with a firm resolve never to stray from His heart again, no matter what, we are attacked that much more by the evil all around us. I have seen better men than I fall and hard. Saw so much good coming from his faith, but, he did not know or did not realize that the reason he still had to keep going to confession to confess for God’s mercy, he kept getting angrier as he thought God was not protecting him. God gave us free will, and unfortunately, this man I give as an example of falling hard away from the sacraments, did not know the power of the sacraments. The power is so strong especially of confession, so intimate, but, we must have true sorrow for our sins, and really have greater resolve to sin no more. Our hearts must be truly open to our own healing, this man’s was not. But, we will never lose hope that he will return to the sacraments. It is so wonderful when folks are so happy to do things for God and His good works in the world, but, we are called to be lights for each other. It sure can be a tough job for us with so much evil in the world, but who are we to suppose that the world was so much freer of sin, than it is now, as compared to Jesus’ time? We still must keep our heads up, and know our redemption is nigh, because it is coming, and we have a God Who Is Mercy who never leaves us. God bless. pam, from NJ.

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        • Pam Nicholson says:

          OH, Bob and wife, we are truly called to pick up our cross and follow Jesus. We are called, as Christians, to be like Him Who Died for Our Sins. This is what it means to be a Christian. We are to be living crosses, carrying His message with us wherever we go, no matter what the trials and tribulations we face in life. You have my prayers as well. Please also pray for me as I rarely see anywhere that we are to be like living crosses, as we are made in God’s image, and Our Lady, our mother, she weeps for all mankind as she tries with all her heart and humility to wake up lukewarm catholics to the message of the Gospel. Godspeed, and may you both be blessed abundantly with God’s grace through all your trials. pam, from NJ.

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  10. mickvet says:

    If God did not exist, one would need only to ask oneself two questions. What do I want to do…and can I get away with it?

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