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Facing death, Judgement Day

We all know that one day we’re going to face death. It could be many years from now as we all hope, but the fact is it could be as soon as today. None of us know for certain but imagine if you knew your death is coming within only a few months or even just a few weeks. I honestly can’t imagine what it’s like to know death is knocking at your door.

This is the reality for the mother of someone very close to me. What began as severe pain and visits to the emergency room about 18 months ago led to a diagnosis of lymphoma, surgery that we thought removed the cancerous tumor, and then the shock when it returned with a vengeance and a terminal diagnosis. With the knowledge of having only a few months to live, this courageous woman came home, planned her own funeral, gave away some inheritance to loved ones, and now awaits the inevitable.

When life brings about such turmoil, my thoughts immediately begin to contemplate if the person is a Christian. The only way to be certain you will make it to Heaven upon your death is to believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God who walked this Earth over two thousand year ago and was crucified on a cross to save us from going to hell for our sins. But that is still not all. You also must be a living example as a servant of God, knowing that you will never be completely without sin and must ask our righteous Lord for forgiveness.

I am certainly not perfect and must ask continuously for forgiveness from my Heavenly Father. When it comes time for me to face Judgement Day, I know that I will have a lot to answer for. “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgement …” reads Matthew 12:36. Death is not the end. We have all sinned and will be judged by God. But only those who are truly Christians will enter the pearly gates of Heaven.

While mentioning Judgement Day, I also must say that I surely don’t want to face God’s wrath when Jesus returns to Earth as described in Romans 2:5. “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgement will be revealed.”

Jesus could reappear on Earth at any time. There is always someone saying the “end of time” is near. And if you look at some of the events happening on Earth and compare it to the events described in the Bible for when the “end of time” is coming, you can conclude that Jesus’ return may be near. Unless you’re a young child when this time comes, you will be judged.

We should already be considering where we want to be after death or when Jesus descends again on our world. Heaven or hell? Where are you going to spend eternity?

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Mass shooting, gun violence shock

As I watched the news Monday morning, there were no words to describe the shock I felt as I learned of the Las Vegas mass shooting Sunday night, only prayers being lifted for all those injured and families of those killed. I immediately thought of my own cousin, her husband and infant son who were traveling through Vegas on their way to California. Thank goodness that was last Friday instead of Sunday.

They were in Mandalay Bay Resort Friday morning, listening to Eric Church doing a sound check. Like everyone else there, they didn’t know only 32 floors above them was Stephen Paddock, the man who would massacre 59 people and injure hundreds more two days later.

As I continue to watch and read stories about the mass shooting, I am getting more upset that no one can figure out this man’s motive. There had to be a reason, a trigger of some sorts. Otherwise, why would anyone do something so vile? No matter his reasoning though, he was a mad man who took the coward’s way out by killing himself rather than face the severe consequences of his horrific actions.

And now there is more talk of gun violence and gun control. Yes, there is too much gun violence in this country. Yes, there should be a way to keep a record of who owns guns and what type of guns. But no, guns should not be outlawed.

People such as Stephen Paddock are going to get a gun whether it is legal or not. There are already people, thugs as I call them, selling guns out of the back of their cars and in dark alleys illegally. Outlawing guns won’t stop these kind of people. But it would sadly take guns out of the hands of people who go about owning it legally and respect human life.

I have the right to protect myself from those who wish to do me harm, and if a gun is needed to do so against a person who is going to physically harm me, then so be it. I don’t personally own a gun, but most people I know do. That right should not be taken from us.