What good is it to gain the whole world, but lose your soul?
I been thinking a lot recently about what people’s perception on the whole ‘life after death’ situation is… You know, the title of this piece is also something I’ve been thinking a lot about too. It’s taken from Mark 8:36, the second book of the New Testament, and the best translation I’ve come across states this: “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” It’s basically saying, you can have all the riches and possessions in the world, but when you die, what will all those worldly things have to benefit you in the next life?
Presuming you believe in an afterlife, as I do, what good therefore would it be to you, to have four billion pounds to your name in the bank, when you die? Okay, wealth can be passed down to family and friends in wills, but what good will it serve you in your next life?
On the other hand, having a faith can have enormous benefit on ‘the other side’ of this life as it were. Now, as evolution, amongst other things, has crept into schools, and eventually pushed creationism and God out, baring the odd R.E lesson, having a faith has almost become ‘un-cool’ among the younger generation. This is moreso in the case of those who believe in God and would class themselves as Christians and even say they go to church, and this can lead to bullying and torment in school environments. However, you don’t often hear of Muslim or Hindu children being teased for having a faith in the same way, do you? Maybe I’m wrong, but the ‘bullying’ that may fall on those students may be based more on racial or cultural difference that children pick up on, and the fact that these folks who have different coloured skin and fashion senses actually have a faith (in something else, other than the one true God I believe in, nontheless, they do have a faith), just goes hand in hand with what we have become accustomed to.
That was a long way of getting to what I want to say, but I felt it necessary to show and give just one reason as to why many people lose their faith, and put their trust into other things, such as riches and worldly possessions: bullying. Bullying makes these people think “God doesn’t love me, and if he did, he wouldn’t let this happen to me” and therefore they look to success in business and other things to make them happy. However, have you ever though about what happens when you die?
Maybe afterall, having a faith won’t prove so un-cool when you come face to face with your maker, and when he just so happens to ask you “Why didn’t you believe in me?” and you say, “Well, actually, I’d like to change my mind on that one, maybe you do exist!” you’ll realise then that whilst looking to gain worldly riches and possession, as I’ve kept wittering on about throughout this text, you missed out on the best gift you could’ve recieved: salvation. A relationship with God. This sums it up quite well to finish with… It says this in Romans:
“6-8 – Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.” – The Message.