When it comes to calorie counts or what exactly the meat in Taco Bell tacos is made of, you may employ the phrase, “Ignorance is bliss.” That’s fine if you want to think that with your food, but when it comes to faith, it’s different — ignorance is loss. God gave us Scripture so we would be thoroughly equipped, especially about topics like the end times. When it comes to being in the know about life after death, here are a couple things to remember…
Facts give us a foundation for our faith.
Christian faith is not empty, check-your-brain-at-the-door blind belief. It’s founded on some of the best-attested event in history: the death and resurrection of Jesus Church. It was affirmed and attested by Roman soldiers and over 500 witnesses who saw Jesus in person. Be confident in what you believe!
Since Jesus beat death, death is not the final word.
Paul told the believers in Thessalonica that we do not grieve as others do who have no hope. Those who died in Christ will rise again because even the most permanent thing to us (death) is only temporary to our God! The Bible doesn’t abolish grieving – it defines a new way to grieve. We grieve with hope!
Who is more important than where and when.
Although Paul gives some fast facts about the end times in 1 Thessalonians 4-5, he doesn’t mention much about the details we tend to focus on most: timeline and place. His emphasis is this: “we will always be with the Lord.” Argue the details all you want, but keep the main thing the main thing: we will be with JESUS!
The resurrection gives us a reason to rejoice.
1 Thessalonians 4 ends with Paul’s reminder to encourage one another with the words he just shared with them. We weren’t given end times details simply to file away in our brains, but to encourage others with! Don’t keep it to yourself!
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