“…The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”
1 Cor. 15:13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
I have met many that have no Hope… The place in which they abide is very dark.
Some years back, I had occasion to travel to Gran Canaria. There was much beauty there to behold. However, I had no interest in the topless beaches, etc., so I rented a little car from a German man who spoke some English and decided to go where most tourists do not. I began to travel inland; I guess a part of me prefers the wilderness. The road I traveled was somewhat treacherous, but that simply added to the excitement of my journey. Traveling this narrow road up a steep and winding climb to the top at 60 mph, and to suddenly pass a car headed down was challenging, to say the least. However, throughout this ‘day-trip’, I don’t think I saw more than 3 other cars.
I hadn’t done any research on this island before my travels, so I had no knowledge of its history or what I may encounter. The higher I climbed this mountain in the center of this island, the more intrigued I became. Eventually, I came to a spot where I could finally pull over in a limited space. I exited the vehicle and as I stood there admiring the view of the sea and the beaches below covered with ‘ants’, which is how small the bathers appeared from those heights, I began to have a very strange ‘feeling’ come over me. At 1st, I was stupefied by it. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. Then I began to notice that there was nothing to notice. There was not one bird, not one insect, not one plant to be seen anywhere…with good reason. There was no vegetation to be found nor any water. The place was void of all life. There was complete utter silence. There was almost a ‘beauty’ there that I found enticing. I later learned that I was standing atop of a solid volcanic rock.
Lifeless, except for the air I breathed.
Today, in this barren land, I live because He lives.
19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
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