If It Were You
What would it be like to live in a place where your life is dominated by fear of the spirits? You would offer sacrifices, perform rituals, and say prescribed prayers perfectly or your children might get sick and die, your wife might be barren, the rain may not come, or a hundred other bad things might happen. When a loved one dies, you, or a mediator, would consult with the spirits to determine if someone put a curse on the person and cause the death. If so, your clan must get revenge. What if it were you who was named as the guilty person? Nobody knows that the unfortunate one actually died of dysentery or cholera; they think it was caused by witchcraft, and you caused it! This is life in many cultures. It is what everyone knows to be true. It is all they know. Much of the world lives and dies this way—without God and without hope. They are condemned in this life and the one to come. (You should bow your head right now and thank God that a missionary brought the Gospel to where you live!)
Now suppose you were living in such a place and somehow you found out that there is a group of people who have the truth about a much better life and a way to avoid going to hell. But those people were too busy enjoying their wonderful life to bring you this information. What would you think about them? What does God think of them? “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2 Cor. 4:3-4). “Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.” (1Co 15:34).