"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
1 Corinthians 2:9
In the article Incan Mini-Golf, I wrote that "Macchu Picchu is like a run-down mini-golf course in a bad part of town, compared to Heaven." It's hard to imagine.
Have you ever seen a trailer for Heaven? Like a movie preview?
Here are some of my favorites:
I'm not sure, but children..... They don't spend eternity as children, do they? I don't know; I don't think so. But the innocence is there. Hard as it is to believe. This kind of innocence and spiritual cleanliness will simply be the way it is. Hard to imagine:
I'm there. You can do what you want, pat yourself on the back all day, but I'm there. As I wrote in the article Self-Righteousness, Abortion, & Life On Mars,
"Self-righteousness, by definition, is righteousness defined by the self. If you define your own moral code, you are, by definition, self-righteous."
Dangerous ground. You are free to dance on that unstable, rickety platform if you please. But I for one am letting go.
If you reject the offer, like a friend of mine recently did:
When your virtue spills like toxic waste all over the landscape of your heart, and is ignited by the clean sparks of innocence you foolishly, arrogantly believed you already had and therefore failed to accept, and voluminous clouds of black smoke rise from the ashes of your unforgiven, unrepented sin, remember, you were warned.
"They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy."
Forsaking your own mercy. That's pretty hardcore. Don't go there. Join me with the happy, loving elephants and lions and brethren in the clean, sinless place that makes Macchu Picchu look like a ratty mini-golf course. I gave my friend his last warning (from me) earlier today, which he will hopefully heed before it's too late. Which he might. Whatever the case, he will spend eternity doing one of two things:
Wishing he had listened, or being glad he had. That's it. Those are the only choices on the menu.
As they say in Spanish,