It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.
I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that you may live.
In a town in Equatorial Guinea a law was passed some years ago ordering that all buildings along the main roads should be built of concrete and have at least two storeys. The owners of houses that did not fulfil these conditions had been warned and their properties marked with a large cross painted red. Some improved their homes and planted flowers in front of their houses; others did nothing at all. Some time passed, and many imagined that demolition would never happen.
Then one day, without any forewarning, on the order of the government a bulldozer arrived to demolish every house marked with a cross, even those attended to or decorated with flowers.
Let us draw a parallel with what the Bible says of people: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Condemnation hangs over everyone who does not conform to God’s standard. Many think themselves able to improve their life by showing kindness, going to church, praying and doing good works. Others do not bother to heed the warning, or they believe that the threat of condemnation will never be carried out. After all, who would want to condemn good people?
God, however, makes His demands. Since we have all sinned, we should all suffer separation from God eternally. But God sent His son, Jesus Christ to bear the punishment of our sins and give new life to those who believe in Him. With Him you can begin a new life even today!