There once was a time in the history of human faith that the ultimate goal of belief was to obtain eternal life with the Most High God. From the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation this is the sacred path set before every believer. The aim of our confession and the fruits of learning and living the teachings of the Savior is the prize of eternal life. Somewhere along the way we have lost sight of this goal and relegated it to the lowest of priority and emphasis in our faith. We fear death, disbelieve judgement and view the promised New Jerusalem as a fairytale while idolizing life on earth, giving license to sin and making material things and flesh into living gods. One by one we fall from the path of eternal life and are directed to the road of eternal damnation.

Because the ancients were in alignment with God’s creation they could see far beyond the physical world and more deeply into the spiritual realms of God. The Savior himself along with his disciples continually preached God’s promised paradise and how believers could be admitted to this future world.

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Matthew 25:31-34 

So how is it that the Savior and his disciples made it the focal point of their ministry, preaching and teaching the people to work towards eternal life but yet today we are encouraged to build for ourselves kingdoms and seek reward in this lifetime? We are encouraged to merge with the world and condone sin under the pretense of seeking peace and tolerance. Yet while pursuing these things of the world we are moving further away from the path of eternal life. Either we believe that we will be judged or that we will not, we cannot have it both ways. We cannot be both sheep and goat at the same time but this is what the world would have us to believe in order to rob us of eternal life.

One little verse in the bible speaks volumes of truth about the world we live in and all that we have established on this earth. It brings into perspective the true state of our existence in this lifetime.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. Revelation 21:1

This scripture crushes all false doctrines that encourage us to build kingdoms on this earth and obsessively chase after the wonders and materials of this world. One day this earth will be destroyed and all that is of this earth will be forgotten. It is true that we are merely pilgrims traveling through this world it was not meant for us to get caught up in this world or treat it as a final home for ourselves. We seek an eternal home with God in a place called New Jerusalem. Our bodies, the homes we worked so hard to build our careers are temporary.

How many times on my job have I seen people working themselves to the limit to accomplish major goals before they retire. After they have gone no one remembers or recognizes their tireless work as new people pick up and create more new accomplishments and the cycle repeats itself until the entire business has ceased to exist. Montgomery Ward used to be a mammoth mail-order business in the U.S. but today is only evidenced by empty deteriorating warehouses. Undoubtedly, there were some workers who probably made their jobs at Wards their life sacrificing family and jeopardizing their health in order to make a difference within the company and please their bosses. In hindsight and in view of the dilapidated empty buildings was the sacrifice of family and health worth it?

All of this highlights the message of Ecclesiastes and the Savior which teach us not to become so consumed with the things of this world because they are temporary. Traveling through this life on earth requires us to remain balanced in surviving while pursuing eternal life at the same time.

For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind. Ecclesiastes 2:26 

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? Matthew 16:26 

As a believer in God do you believe that one day you will transcend your current existence on earth to that of eternal life with God? Is this the ultimate goal of your faith? Is this the main message of the place you worship at?

As we grow in life and move into the future all of us have to ask ourselves these questions. Yet, the ability to even consider these things is proof that you are maturing spiritually. Its evidence that you are ready to look deeper into some of the taboo subjects of faith and existence. The journey through this type knowledge is not easy because of the way you have been indoctrinated to ignore these things and pretend they don’t exist. However, the pursuit of this knowledge and the wisdom gained will bring peace within yourself, deeper understanding of your life path and discernment of those things which secretly distract you from the ultimate goal of eternal life.

True believers in God accept the truth that we will transcend this world and lifetime and take on immortality with God. This belief is the foundation of a sacred circle of truth that all life starts with God and will return to God. Any believer who refuses to make this the focal point of their existence and belief will find themselves lost and confused in a myriad of manmade doctrines and lies. Those things which run contrary to the divine will of God oppose this path, oppose God’s universal laws, ridicule and try to distract us by diverting our attention to things of this world. We have to make a choice of whether we will follow the path of eternal life or that of damnation. Time is running out and temptations from the world are growing stronger.
 

Sister Sharon Roach