I have always wondered what the world would be like without sin and the bad things in life. What would it be like without sickness, death, lying, cheating, the guy cutting me off in traffic and whatever else we can think of?
Sounds pretty good, does it not? I can do without any of those things and more! I think all of us would like to live in a place like this.
We are all affected by sin; none of us can escape it. Many of us rationalize it by saying that it is the bad things in life that make the good so much sweeter, and although the bad can remind of us better things, I would be more apt to say the good things in life sweeten themselves.
After all, when I am with friends or my family I do not need some bad thing to remind me how great it is, rather I am simply enjoying what is going on and wishing that it would not end.
The Bible often reminds us that a perfect place does exist, Heaven, a place without tears, death, mourning or suffering, a place where we can enjoy being happy forever.
Although I cannot always imagine it, I do look forward to that eternal happiness.
Published in Delta Optimist August 12 2012
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