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To mask or not to mask.

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate.

To die or not to die.
“To die, to sleep;

To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;”

Whether we mask or not or get vaccinated or not, one thing is certain in all this controversy: Death comes to us all. All data indicate this. Only one person has conquered that, but we’ll get to him in a moment. Regardless of how we die, there will be no dreams or sleeping, as Hamlet pondered. No, only two outcomes exist, and we will know the final, eternal result when we breathe that last breath.

One ending place is hot.

“This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:14–15). 1

It is a dwelling place where people are weeping, in pain, and gnashing their teeth.

“The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:41–42).

It is dark.

“These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever” (Jude 12–13).

This is not the residence in which any sane person would desire to live for eternity. Yet, countless millions have and will.

The other outcome is quite different. From what the Bible tells us, believers in Jesus will never be thirsty—or hungry—again. No intense flames for them.

“They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat” (Revelation 7:16).

No gnashing of teeth, not even any pain. There will be weeping but not from torment. We can only speculate why Christians will be weeping in heaven, but they will be comforted by God Himself.

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

It will be a place, not of darkness, but of beautiful light, which we have never experienced before on the earth.

“And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb” (Revelation 21:23).

The entrance fee to enter this wonderful place? One need only realize that he or she does not know God, is a sinner, and in need of the Lord to forgive them and wash away their sins through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. He rose from the dead after that sacrifice and conquered death. He then ascended to heaven. No one else has done this or is able to.

Seriously, why would anyone choose the other option? We’re talking about eternity here. And once death arrives, there are no second chances. That’s it. It’s over. Welcome to an eternity of punishment and pain or of love, comfort, and provision.

You are loved; loved by the Creator of all things. He wants you with Him and to be in His family. Come home. Come to life, true life, eternal.

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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