Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us.Hebrews chapter 10, verse 29; from the New Living Translation (NLT)
This morning started out for me like nearly every other morning. I poured myself a cup from the fountain of life (that’s a coffee pot), sat down in my chair on the front porch, put on my headphones and started my music app. I chastised myself for not noticing things like I once did. After all, I want to be a Noticer. As the song Talking To Jesus was playing and I was singing, there it was! A meteor!!!
I don’t see that every morning! It was bright and moving fast across the sky; I mean really fast! I watched it until the trees and contour of the land blocked my view. I waited for a couple of minutes to see if that would be the meteor that would send us back to another Ice Age. Well, I’m sitting here writing; so I guess it didn’t! But. . .it did get me to thinking.
As a child, we called them shooting stars, even though in reality they weren’t stars at all. It’s just a piece of space rock that was trying to pass through our atmosphere. But this meteor was brighter than any star. What made it so bright was its encounter with resistance; the resistance of our atmosphere. As it encountered that atmosphere, it began heating up. For eons this piece of space rock had been moving across the universe, unimpeded by anything–until now. And now, it’s been consumed all because of the resistance of our atmosphere. (Well, maybe a small chunk made it to terra firma.)
Here’s what I learned from that meteor. We cannot resist God’s Truth without serious consequences. There are those who want us to throw out the tried and proven Truth of the Bible for an easier path that they vainly believe offers less resistance. They are teaching that as long as we love God by loving others (meaning we must accept as “truth” whatever they believe and want that “truth to be”), then nothing else in the Bible really matters. Life is easier when we do what we want to do–for a while.
So, they reject The Truth from the Bible. But their resistance to The Truth is like that space rock encountering our atmosphere. They make a really bright and exciting show–but sooner or later (usually sooner) their life is consumed by a lie and there’s nothing left to show. God reveals Himself through the Bible. And nothing outside that Bible reveals God and God’s plans. We can resist The Truth, but eventually The Truth will win. That meteor tried to push through the atmosphere and continue its journey unchanged. But that’s not how it ended.
Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value.1 Corinthians chapter 3, verses 12 and 13; (NLT)
All of this swill and drivel about we don’t have to worry about the holiness of heart and life revealed in Scripture? That we are free to choose our own paths? That it doesn’t matter to God? That it won’t affect our eternity? Think about that meteor–and then–think again!