Kevin Menezes

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Don’t Be Caught Dead Without Jesus

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Before I begin, let me just clarify that I used to be agnostic.

Yes, it is easy to be agnostic when you are young, when life is good, the possibilities are endless, and the world is your playground. It is very easy to be an atheist when you drive your fancy car to a fancy spa and your fancy friends commend you because “you’ve made it.”

But it is difficult to be an atheist when you are lying on your deathbed and the doctors say there is nothing they can do. It is difficult to be an atheist when you realize all the money in the world can’t save you. It is difficult to be an atheist when hope goes out of the window and you start wondering: “What if grandma was right?”

A 28-year-old agnostic I knew died recently because when the doctors told him there was nothing they could do he probably thought he was done for. By choosing to be agnostic (which, in my opinion, is plain stupid when you have no other options left), he denied himself the God-given right to hope beyond hope…and pray.

Maybe things would have turned out differently if he had bothered to read the Bible. Then, he would have known what King Hezekiah did when he was handed a similar prognosis.

In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”

Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, “Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the ruler of my people, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the Lord. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’” (2 Kings 20)

Hezekiah was dismayed to learn he wouldn’t make it, but he did not let that stop him from hoping. He turned to the wall. In other words, he refused to accept the reality staring him in the eye, choosing instead to look at God, who always has the final word.

Hezekiah wept bitterly and asked God to spare his life. That was his only request. In return, he got an assurance of quick recovery, a 15-year extension of life, and a guarantee of total protection.

That’s what you get when you choose to hope beyond hope.

Unbelief, on the other hand, gets you nowhere.

To quote A. W. Tozer: “Unbelief is actually perverted faith, for it puts its trust, not in the living God but in dying men. The unbeliever denies the self sufficiency of God and usurps attributes that are not his. This dual sin dishonors God and ultimately destroys the soul of man.” 

By choosing not to express FAITH, a key requisite for potential miracles, my agnostic friend refused God’s help. He made a choice. And we know all too well that God does not mess with free will.

Worst of all, this man probably also disqualified himself from the prospect of eternal life in the hereafter.

In retrospect, being an atheist does not carry many perks. Think about it. What is better?

To die believing and just end up dead; or

To die an atheist and find out you had it wrong all the time.

Trust me, you won’t be laughing when the roof is on fire and you realize you’re going to be stuck inside forever.

God does exist. Look around. The evidence is everywhere. To deny His existence simply because we haven’t experienced Him yet is rather naive. It would be akin to saying 9/11 or the Second World War never happened because we did not experience it.

Consider this: We live in an age when science is at its zenith and pervades every aspect of our lives. Then why does more than 80 percent of the global population still believe in God? The answer is simple: The soul remembers heaven.

Just because God is too big for us to comprehend does not mean He does not exist. I mean think about it. We cannot even speak a grain of sand into existence. How big would God have to be to speak the sun, the moon, the earth and everything else into existence? The universe is expanding at the speed of light even as you read this just because He once said, “Let there be light.”

The plain truth is this: Some people choose to be agnostic not because they have hard evidence that God does not exist, but because they know if they take Him out of the equation it becomes easier to live life on their own terms.

To this lot I say: Well, too bad. I feel sorry for you. The devil’s got you in a bind and you don’t even know it. Maybe you’ll have a change of heart if, heaven forbid, your body is riddled with cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes or other such disease later in life. Let’s just hope it’s not too late then for your soul to be saved.

If you finally realize that God does exist and commit your life to Him in your 50s or 60s, good for you. It might be a little depressing though to think you squandered away the best years of your life and are now offering your worn-out body to God.

But to each his own.

There are many who have made a conscious decision to totally commit their lives to God only once they are in their 50s or 60s. No point coming to Him too early, right? I mean why hurry when there are so many other interesting things to do?

Unfortunately, no one knows when the final whistle will blow. People find out they are in hell only when they are burning.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Get with the program. Get into the Light. Get “Saved!”

If you need help to wriggle out of the hole you’ve dug yourself into, you are looking for Jesus. Call and He will answer.

Time is running out.

You don’t know what’s coming down the road. You don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. Do yourself a favor: Don’t be caught dead without Jesus.

Author: kevin menezes

Kevin Menezes is an author, editor and publisher of inspirational books.

9 thoughts on “Don’t Be Caught Dead Without Jesus

  1. Good – thought-provoking – post, Kevin!

    • Thanks Bill. Love the name you gave your blog. Hope – that’s what my blog is all about too. And I agree with you totally when you say “I don’t believe anyone should allow a disease or any life-challenge to define who they are.” I am so following your blog 🙂

  2. *sigh* Unfortunately for you, prayer had never been proven to work. Wishful thinking, nothing more. And to life believing and find out you were wrong (or not, as you are just dead) means that you wasted a big part of your life. The ONLY life you had. Wasted by following rules invented by people who thought slavery was a great idea. Wasted by living a lie the whole time instead of accepting reality.

    But luckily, there ARE atheists in the trenches. People can accept death without fleeing into delusion. Not all people all cowards, not all people are afraid of death. You are, obviously. And the funny thing is: IF there was a god, you would be very likely following the WRONG religion (statistically speaking, as there are so many different ones, most people would be WRONG, including yourself).

    And let’s be honest: If god (or Jesus) was only remotely like they were described in the bible, I wouldn’t want to be seen together with them, let alone pray to them.

    • Atomic Mutant – firstly, thanks for stopping by my blog, taking time out to read my post and comment.

      Just wanted to clarify that I don’t practice or follow any particular religion. But I do love God. And I love Jesus. By the way, you might be surprised to know that Jesus hated religion too. He detested the Pharisees because of their religious mentality.

      The thing is far too many people equate God with religion. God did not make religion. He only made man. Religion, on the other hand, is the work of men. And because we are imperfect, our imperfections are reflected in our work. Today, the world is falling apart because of religion. And – yes – statistically speaking, there are so many different ones. But Jesus did not subscribe to religion and neither should we.

      I personally think you would love to hangout with Jesus if you really got to know him.

      For instance, some priests living in Jesus’ time were not very different from the pedophiles masquerading as ambassadors of God today. Do you know what Jesus said to them? He said, “You Frauds! You’re like manicured grave plots, grass clipped and the flowers bright, but six feet down it’s all rotting bones and worm-eaten flesh. People look at you and think you’re saints, but beneath the skin you’re total frauds.” (Matt 23)

      He also warned everyone against abusing kids, saying, “If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” (Matt 18:6)

      In retrospect, Jesus was a real pain in the neck for the religious authorities of his time. He hung out with common, everyday people, with real, everyday problems. And he did not just offer suggestions, he went out of his way to help them.

      When the Pharisees saw him keeping company with disreputable characters, they did not like it one bit. But Jesus simply wrote them off saying, “I’m for mercy, not religion. I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.” (Matt 9)

      If you are implying that religion is a sham, I totally agree with you. And i urge you to see how God has nothing to do with it. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight. (James 1:27)

      So if you don’t ever go to church or pray, but if you take time to help people, do good, speak kindly, love seriously, give generously, and do random acts of kindness, you are more righteous in God’s eyes than all the people who proudly wear their religious badge and do nothing but promote hatred and war.

      Fact is Jesus did not die so people could go to a building for 45 minutes every Sunday and call it Church, He died so we could have a personal one-to-one relationship with God.

      It is also worth noting that the world determines your worth based on what you have and what you can produce. If you’ve got a flashy car and bucket loads of cash, you are welcome everywhere.

      But to God, you are already worth the whole world. He does not care if you have 10 pairs of shoes, or just one, or none at all. He says, “Come as you are and I’ll love you just as much. Just come.”

      • “Following Jesus” is in itself a religion. And no, Jesus was a pious Jew, which you can see, for example, in Matthew 5:17. He probably didn’t want to found a new religion, true, but that doesn’t make him less religious. And yes, I know the whole Pharisee story, but that’s only against certain behavior, not religion in itself. On the other hand, Jesus was pretty fond of torturing non-believers for all eternity, abandoning your children and keeping slaves, which makes him pretty unfriendly – besides being a religious fanatic, of course. So don’t tell me he was nice to children, when on the other hand he told their parents that they should leave them for him (Matthew 19:29).

        Honestly, I think you are not quite sure of yourself: You claim not to follow a religion, but cite the bible and believe in Jesus. You are like so many typical believers, who believe in some kind of wishy-washy god, cherry-pick some stuff from the bible and keep telling themselves that it makes sense. It doesn’t. You’re trying to tell people that god loves them, but will kill them for god if they don’t believe in him without any evidence? Love? Honestly, if you really believe that, than you have a serious problem.

      • I really like the way you make your point. You remind me of the person i used to be about 4 years ago. Anyways, i have my opinions and you have yours and I respect that. Like they say “To those who believe no proof is necesarry. And to those who do not believe, none will suffice.” So, its all good. I wish you well 🙂

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  4. Kevin, thanks for reading my post “Why I (Don’t) Believe in God)”. I appreciate it.

    Grace to you and to your readers.

    • Thanks Kelly. I found your blog quite interesting too…because i could relate to what God has done in you. I too had zero faith in anything except science. I asked God to prove to me that He existed without really expecting an answer because i was convinced He did not exist. Then one day, God showed up. And i havent been the same since 🙂

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