Would you allow me the privilege to answer the column the editor wrote where he discussed his thoughts on the place of religion in our lives? His conclusions are what most people think, in fact in Canada the poles suggest that perhaps 90 per cent of our citizens think like him and only 10 per cent or so have taken the trouble to really find out why we are here on this planet.
Our editor’s last paragraph sums up what he and these 90 per cent conclude, may I quote, “Isn’t it, then, better to leave discussion of religion to where it belongs, that is an individual’s conscience, instead of raising it to public realm?”
I would like to present a different philosophy with the question, what is the meaning of life? With my answer being, I want to live this life so when I die I can go to heaven and be with the Lord forever. The editor’s philosophy seems to say, don’t bother with religion things will work themselves out. There is no thought of the next life at all.
What about living this life so we can go to heaven? Where do we find the answer? There is only one infallible source, proven to be without error and that’s the Holy Bible. But most people, if they have one, don’t read it to know about these things. In it we will find out how to live this life so we can have peace with our neighbor and find God’s will for us so we can go to heaven. The first thing we must recognize is that we all are sinners and can’t get to heaven that way because heaven and the Lord are sinless and we can’t enter their presence. But we see from scripture that God loves us and sent His only Son, Jesus, down here on earth to die for us so we can take His sacrifice for ourselves and be free from sin.
It’s all so simple all we need to do is to have the faith that these things are so and ask Jesus to take away our sin and it’s done. The only thing that’s difficult is to live a committed life afterward to prove that we meant what we asked.
There is not much doubt, if we look closely, that the morals of our society have changed drastically especially since the Second World War and not for the better and we just can’t keep on this moral slide much longer before the Lord calls a halt and it won’t be pretty. The Bible tells us so.