Monday, October 1, 2007

To Die For

If I were to ask you the question, "Is there anything worth dying for?", how would you respond? Most people would say that they would die for their family, their faith and their freedom. I doubt, however, that in every case we would willingly give our lives.

Sometimes people use the idea casually - "That cake is to die for!" Of course they don't really mean least I hope not. The emphasis is on just how much something is desired, loved, or appreciated. Now I have heard about people driving hundreds of miles for certain foods, but that's another story.

Perhaps you read the headline last week about 30 more people who were killed by a suicide bomber in the Middle East. Sadly, we have often read a similar headline over the last few years. I don't know if anyone has done a study, but it would be interesting to know how many suicide bombings have taken place since 9-11. I wonder how many people have died.

I am not going to mince words. The Muslim religion is not of God. I know there are radicals in the group. But think about what these people are willing to die for! They are willing to die so that others will also die and be lost (in their mind) for eternity.

Christ died because He felt like we were worth dying for. He died, that we might live. For those who are confused about Christianity and Islam, that is the difference.

For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10.

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