When I was in college, I found that one of the required subjects for graduation was not available to me because
I had a conflict with the times it was offered. And so I took a correspondence course from another university. Today, there
are even claims that a person can take his or her entire college work for a degree, through correspondence courses.
This sounds great, but the ads don’t mention that since the student has the book in hand, so he can
look up the answers, those answers are very, very long and complicated. In other words, the student will learn the course
as he writes out the answers. And get ready for either writers cramp, whether you’re writing by hand or with a computer.
It reminds me of a song and recitation that came out when I was a DJ, called, “It’s In The Book.” It’s
in somewhat of a religious vein, and the raspy gentleman ends each brief recitation by saying, “It’s in the book,”
and that’s the substance of the chorus after each of his comical tirades. To date myself, that was in the days of those
78 rpm records, and I have a copy somewhere among my music.
So what’s the point? You can take Jesus Christ seriously or otherwise, but your fate will be sealed
when your life ends, and there’ll be no excuses. The rules are IN THE BOOK, and your answers must agree with those pages,
or you fail the course. And this is a permanent failure. The grade of “F” you’ll get won’t rate a
make-up test, and God doesn’t grade on the curve. That means the teacher won’t take the highest and the lowest
grade in the class, and give you the benefit of the doubt on whether the test was too hard for the whole class. You’re
on your own on the Great Judgment Day.
Think about it.
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I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.