The novel Edge of Eternity by Randy Alcorn, where a man named Nick Seagrave faces “undeniable evidence of a spiritual world” & “must finally consider the God he claims not to believe in,” taught me 2 great lessons that are no-question worth sharing just while reading today at a point that’s a little more than halfway through the book:
◊ Referring to life’s challenging journey, says character Shad, “Momentary ease isn’t the answer. The daily hardships of the road sharpen and deepen the man.”
◊ Character Nick (a man whose wife & children left him because he wasn’t there for them as a husband & father), who is just learning about the immeasurable value of following the path of Jesus, talks to men who don’t believe in God. “All men die once, are judged once, and are relocated once.” One man counters by saying he’s bothered by the “wishful thinking” he thinks people have who follow Our Creator & “pretend” there’s a Heaven.
Nick is traveling on a challenging excursion where the bad parts, including a flying beast & scorpion, mentioned in the place he’s visiting are representative of evil things making life hard, along with the “chasm” as a symbol for deciding to make the monumental life-altering leap for the better, which is changing your life’s direction to live for Christ, Who paid the cost for people by dying in brutal unimaginable pain as a sacrifice for our sins. He gives a response I love:
Nick says: “Wishful thinking? If I were to wish for something, do you think I’d have wished for a flying beast so deadly, a scorpion so horrid, a web so hideous, a chasm so vast, a cost so great? Never in a million years would I have believed or wanted to believe such things. I would have wished for something easier, and if I had made it up, it would be a lot more attractive and a lot less costly. But the universe isn’t governed by my wishes It’s you who practice wishful thinking.”
Nick further explains by saying the man believes in no God so he can “make up” his “own rules and get away with it,” not being “held accountable for your choices, that you wouldn’t have to answer to someone after this life. You wish there was no creator because you don’t want to face a judge. It’s not my belief that’s wishful thinking. It’s your unbelief.”