We all believe in something. If you are an atheist you believe that death is the end of life, because no one knows with certainty what happens after death. As a Christian, I also cannot prove there are a heaven and a hell. We both have faith. The atheist has faith that nothing happens after death, and I have faith that there is a heaven and a hell.
But what if the atheist is wrong? What if death is really not the end of life? What if there really is a heaven and a hell?
Matthew 13:41-43 says: "The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear."
All who do evil will be thrown into the furnace—which symbolizes hell. We all have done wrong. We all deserve the punishment of hell.
Even more, we are separated from God because we are covered in evil. God hates evil. He cannot bear to be in its presence. We therefore cannot be in the presence of God.
God loves you! He wants to know you and so He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth. Jesus lived on the earth and He committed no evil. He was perfect, and He was the perfect sacrifice for our sin. He died the death we deserve to die! He offers us forgiveness for every evil thing we have done. His gift is FREE. It is received by FAITH. When our sins are forgotten, we can know the love of God because we are sinless in God's sight. Our evil deeds no longer separate us from Him.
To every agnostic and atheist: Look within your heart. You long for love. You long for meaning. There is emptiness within your heart and even though you may be happy at times, you do not know lasting happiness. I speak as one who has questioned and denied the existence of God myself.
Could it be possible that the emptiness in your heart is meant to be filled by God's love? The things of creation are alluring, but creation only hints at the beauty of the Creator. Apart from Christ's forgiveness we cannot know the Creator. We cannot know the source of true joy and love, and so we settle for lesser treasures.
I plead with you with everything within me: Search for the truth! Search for answers! Please do not be content not knowing the truth!
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” –Jeremiah 29:13