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What's The Point?
by Wayne Blank
Let's imagine for a moment what will happen to those who make it, at the end of their physical lives, when they awaken as spirit beings. There they will be, alive, never again subject to injury, illness, or death. What a glorious day!
But then what? What will they be doing, day after day, year after year, century after century, for endless billions and billions of years, forever?
The answer to that question may be found throughout The Bible, where humans are constantly referred to as God's children. Jesus Christ referred to Christians as His brothers and sisters (e.g. Matthew 12:50). The Father is referred to as The Father (e.g. Matthew 6:9) for a very profound reason:
"So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." (Genesis 1:27 RSV).
Children, after a time of learning and growing, eventually become adults, just like their parents, although always and forever "out ranked" by them. God does not do things in vain. Everything has a purpose. That infinite universe out there has a purpose. We have a purpose. Consider:
"For the creation [i.e. the universe, see The Seven Days Of Creation] waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons [i.e. the transformed children, male and female, who will be transformed to spirit beings] of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of Him who subjected it in hope [i.e. God halted its development until we are ready]; because the creation itself will be set free [i.e. planets transformed from undeveloped, dry, lifeless hulks to living, breathing ecosystems] from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God." (Romans 8:19-21 RSV)
It's estimated that there are far over 200,000,000,000 (200 billion) stars in our galaxy, the "Milky Way," alone (the telescope photograph above is of just one galaxy which shows billions of stars as a distant "mist" in space). Astronomers believe that there are at least that many galaxies, with perhaps an average size equal to our galaxy, in the universe. 200 billion times 200 billion equals an incomprehensible number of stars.
With the aid of modern technology, astronomers are now obtaining the proof of what many have believed for a long time - that other stars have planets just as our star (the "sun") does. After all, why shouldn't they? There are certainly a vast number of planets, many just like earth, out there - immensely more inhabitable planets than the total number of people that have ever lived through all the ages.
Eternal life will not be spent in useless idleness. There is going to be much to do for those who repent and obey God.
Fact Finder: Is the purpose of all angels to serve those who will inherit salvation?