The Lord God Almighty has a plan. His plan is perfect. He anticipated every possible event and formulated his plan to bring about his desired conclusion. Nothing is amiss. Everything is proceeding exactly as anticipated. This is an important key understanding.
The Lord God Almighty is not religious. There is nothing religious about him. He himself is the vital living reality and is the author and sustainer of both the spiritual reality and the physical reality. He has been speaking to man from the beginning, and he speaks eternal words of truth that shed light on what is real. It is for man to open his eyes, and look out into the physical world, and see what the words of God have illuminated. The world is a dark dark place. Only God’s words are light that shine out into the darkness. By the light of God’s revelation, we can see what is real and true.
God is love [1 John 4:16]. The love that God is, is selfless. God is Selfless. Selfless Love is his nature. The Lord God Almighty acts as a servant to all, because that is the nature of the divine God. He sits upon the throne of Heaven reigning as the Selfless King. Never has he made a decision that was not a perfect expression of Selfless Love. He is the ultimate all-knowing and all-powerful benevolent ruler.
God is life. The life that God is, is harmonious to and with all that live. Consider the parable of the human body. When every cell is working in harmony with every other, the body is healthy, but if some cell rebelliously works for its own benefit, spreading out and acquiring more territory, the end result is cancer—death. God is life and every cell in his body works for the benefit of the body as a whole. Health and harmony start at the top and encompass every living cell.
One does not live in Heaven with God. If one lives in Heaven, it is in God. That is how it works. To live in God requires that you see, and understand, and agree with God’s selfless ways and nature. God is infinitely more intelligent than you are, or ever will be, and he has revealed the way of life. Do you really think that you are more important than the body? Do you really imagine that the righteous and good judge will allow you to expand at the expense of the healthy? Peace, justice and harmony endure. Greed consumes. Sin is self-destructive and destructive to others, to the whole. This is Truth. This is the Reality of Life. If you have any hope whatsoever, you know what I am saying is true. God is reality. God is Truth. God is Life. God is Eternal. Sin cannot endure for ever because it is a fire that consumes its host. Love is to life, Sin is to death.
It is the Lord God’s desire that you know these things. God is not, even in the slightest, interested in judging and condemning anyone. His desire is for you to open your eyes, and to see the true reality of life, and choose sensibly [2 Peter 3:9]. To this end, he has been revealing truth to every person. The perfection of this revelation was reached in the person of Jesus Christ. The man Jesus is the walking and talking perfect expression of the eternal reality in a self-consuming world, or as the Bible says, Jesus is the light of the world [John 8:12]. To love the person of Jesus Christ is to love the invisible eternal God, whose very nature is eternal life through peace and harmony with goodness. The world, and everything in it, is mortal, but the light in Jesus Christ is eternal.
This is probably the only thing that sounds too good to be true that actually is true. God is not trying to sell you something for his benefit. He is showing you reality—the eternal reality.
The world is a place where something less than eternity exists. Selfishness, by its very nature, is temporary. Selfishness works against eternity. Selfishness elevates itself above the good of the lowly. Selfishness will climb over the downtrodden to the top of the hill. Selfishness drives to win at any cost. The world, by its very nature, is dog eat dog, but Christ is the expression of an entirely different reality. To the movers and shakers of the world, Christ was a lowly downtrodden despised failure of a man. In the eyes of the movers and shakers, this worthless person, this so-called Christ, was upsetting their place in the world, so they conspired to murder him. It is the nature of sin to take. It is the nature of love to give.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV84)
What does it mean to believe in Jesus Christ? It means that you see the futility of self and selfishness, and in Christ, an expression of eternal life through selfless love. It means to see in Christ, God’s willingness for us to return to him in truth. In believing in Christ, we have hope and faith, and eternal selfless love.
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most documented ancient historical event in history [1 Corinthians 15:3-8]. Without doubt Jesus’ death and resurrection are the most important events that have ever occurred concerning man. Before the Big Bang, Jesus was there [Colossians 1:17]. When the universe is only a memory, Jesus will still be the Christ [Revelation 1:5-6]. Jesus Christ is the God-installed King of the Eternal Kingdom, for God’s will can never be thwarted. Before God created the physical universe, he began his plan for the establishment of an Eternal Kingdom for us to live within. The Lord God desired that we should, by an act of our freewill, choose to become citizens of his Kingdom. The Lord God created the physical universe to assist us in this regard by making it possible for us to see both good and evil, so that through knowledge and understanding, we might be able to choose wisely. In this fallen world, God is wooing you to choose him through the revelation of his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God [Colossians 1:15]. To love God is to love Christ. To love Christ is to love the invisible God. Only those that see the eternal divine selfless love in Christ can be lured out of this selfish world. The true image of Christ is the bait on God’s fishing pole, which dangles in the world to entice those that want to escape from the world’s way of selfishness.
Greedy people in the world bait their poles with false christ images, as sales slogans and marketing schemes, to catch other greedy people. With promises of an eternal afterlife, and health, prosperity and worldly success, they lure them in. Beware of the edited images of the Christ. Read the Bible for yourself.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NIV84)
The Lord God Almighty is the King of Selflessness. That’s right. The Lord God is completely selfless in everything he does. God is love [1 John 4:16]. Selfless Love is the very nature of God himself. Selfless Love is the very nature of Never-Ending Life—Eternal Life. The Father of our spirits is Love. We were created to be children of Love [1 John 3:10].
If you would like to know what God is truly like, then read the following Scripture with the key that God is Love. (This passage defines what God is really like for us.)
1 Corinthians 13:4–7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (NIV84)
Every place you see the word Love above you can put in the person of God himself. God is patient and kind. He does not envy or boast and is not ever proud. He never keeps records of wrongs and never delights in evil but rejoices with the truth. The Lord God Almighty always protects, always trusts, hopes and perseveres. We are required to be like him. We are God’s very own children, but, like Christ, we are love servants, and are obedient unto death.
In [Galatians 5:22–23] we also see, “… the fruit of the Spirit [what comes out of God] is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (NIV84) This is what God and his children are all about. It is not that God loves, but rather that he, himself, is Love. That is his true nature. Our failure to see him in this light is due to deficiencies within ourselves. It is difficult to attribute true altruistic motives in another when we ours are so self-centered. Most people imagine that God is just a larger person like themselves, but he is not. He is love.
The above Scripture from [Philippians 2:5–11] tells us that we should be just like Jesus Christ in our attitudes. Jesus Christ loved love. He willing offered up himself to be painfully and humiliatingly tortured to death, without ever opening his mouth in complaint, because it was for good that he do so. Jesus worshipped Goodness and Justice and Kindness. He worshipped God because God is Love, and that is exactly what is being offered to you. You too can give up your self-centered selfish life for one of obedience to the Selfless God, because you love the goodness in God. Knowing what I am saying here is a hugely important key to the kingdom. The Kingdom is everything about Selfless Love, are you? All of God’s subjects are Selfless. They see selfless goodness and want to be a part of it. They worship God, not because he is powerful, but rather because he is so very good.
Perhaps the single most important key to the kingdom is the recognizing of Jesus as the Selfless One sent by God for the purpose of gathering up those that want the Selfless God in their heart of hearts. There never was a man so gifted, and yet so Selfless—never. Other than eating and sleeping (biological necessities) I ask you to show me anything that Jesus did for himself. You can’t. It’s not there. That is what makes him so strange to us when we read the Scriptures. The Bible is odd because it reveals selflessness. Everything that Jesus wanted in this earth was for the benefit of others other than himself.
To know that God had sent this Selfless One to become our Savior, and that our Savior willingly offered himself for us is, in my opinion, the most important key of all. It is not so much that he was sent, but rather that he came. The willingness of his coming is everything. He came willingly because he too is Selfless Love.
There is the potential of a Catch-22 misunderstanding in all of this. Since you are human you are very strongly biased towards self-gain—selfishness. It is likely that you will think that Jesus came to earth motivated by some selfish gain. If you think this, then you are wrong.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NIV84)
This passage looks like it is saying that Jesus endured the cross because he knew he would get something better afterwards. People, so accustomed to greed as a motivator, can hardly see otherwise, but not so the Lord God. Jesus already had the kingdom. He didn’t suffer the cross for something he already had. He suffered the cross so that you could share the riches of God’s kingdom with him. It was a Selfless act of Love, something almost unimaginable in the mind of man.
One of the biggest errors that a person can make is to project their own evil motives on God. The key here is to fully know that God is completely Selfless, and so is his Christ. This is hugely important. It is the difference between truth and error.
Another very important key is having some grasp on the bigger picture concerning who and what the Christ is. I think most people see Jesus Christ as the human being that was born to Mary and Joseph. They see him as a man, pretty much like any other, but he is also so much more.
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Jesus Christ—NIV84)
This is such an interesting Scripture. No one, no one other than God the Father, knows just who and or what Jesus his Son is, and no one else will ever be able to fully know and understand the mystery that is Christ. That’s what this passage is saying. From this passage we can understand that not even the angels in heaven can fully understand this mystery. Obviously Jesus is more than the historical man.
Christ, the declared unknowable, must be known! That sounds like an impossible contradiction, but fortunately for us, it’s not. While we cannot fully understand all of what Jesus Christ is, we can, nonetheless, know that God sent him to the earth to save those that were estranged from him. We can further understand that Jesus is the perfect image of what a man should be like, and so we can aspire to be like him in every way, that is, we can worship him, for who can worship what he does not know?
Let us step back from the man, Jesus Christ, and see more of what the Bible tells us of him.
Forty times the New Testament calls him the Son of God. Dozens of times he is called the Son of Man. More than five hundred times he is referred to as the Christ, or Messiah in Hebrew, which literally means the Anointed One, the one on whom the Spirit of God rests fully. In [Isaiah 9:6] we see this astonishing Scripture, “And he [the Son born to us] will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” The Spirit of God says that Jesus is the image of the invisible God [Colossians 1:15], and he “…is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being [Hebrews 1:3],” and further we see in Deuteronomy, The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account [Deuteronomy 18:17-19]. The apostle John tells us that Jesus is the Creator himself [John 1:1-3] and the writer of Hebrews says that, God made the universe through him and that the universe is sustained by Jesus [Hebrews 1:2-3]. Jesus is no ordinary person. Some refer to Jesus in the context of the Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but even this misses the point. Jesus is closer to God than being a third aspect of him. The most accurate understanding of the identity of the person of Christ Jesus is that he is fully God in a human body—something that is impossible to understand. It is like God’s soul is the soul within the body of Jesus of Nazareth. It is like God is a time-traveler and his future self visited us in the person of Jesus. My examples here are my pathetic attempts to express something that I don’t fully understand. For now, it is the best I can do. Christ is the perfect expression of the will and nature of God in a form that we can fully understand. I used to think of Jesus as the perfect messenger of God, God’s fully trusted right-hand man, as it were, but that is more accurately fulfilled through the angels. The angels were sent by God to tell us God’s words, but the Christ came to us to fulfill God’s will for us. God didn’t order someone else to pay the price for man’s salvation, he came and paid it himself. The understanding of this puts the importance of all of this into perspective.
There is another incarnation of the Christ that is frequently overlooked and/or is not understood, and that is that the invisible God is also physically manifested for us as the Word of God! [John 1:1-14; Revelation 19:13], the Bible. For us today, who cannot hear the Words of God directly from lips of the Son of Mary and Joseph, there is the Bible, the invisible God made visible to us, just like the human Jesus. If it were not for the Bible, God would be unknowable to us today. God gave to mankind the written Word so that man could reliably know the otherwise unknowable God. The Bible is the one and only book testified by God to be his Spirit filled Word through the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ [Romans 1:1-4]. The Bible clearly tells us that Jesus and the Bible are one and the same, therefore as man is saved through the death and resurrection of the Christ, we are saved though the Words of the Bible, which show us the actions and will of God for us. Through the Bible, we can see God’s will for our restoration. We can see the extent of his desire. We can understand from seeing his desire, and extent, that he really and truly wants us. This can give to us the hope of unification with God through the actions of Jesus Christ, that is, the Hope imparted by the Bible gives us the Faith needed to receive the Love of God into our hearts—praise God! and thank you God for wanting us back, and for willing to do what was necessary to bring it all about.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is infinitely more important to man than any other event—infinitely more important! Suppose you have just been informed that you inherited a hundred billion dollars from a long lost relative, and then ten seconds later someone murders you. Which of the two events is more important? Jesus summed up this in the following statement….
What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? (NIV84) [Mark 8:36; Luke 9:25]
So, this key to the kingdom, is the knowing and understanding of Jesus Christ, that is, that he is the revealed will of God himself, and that he is also the Word of God, the Bible. This is a most important key. If you don’t have it, you have nothing, for how can you possibly have a relationship with God without knowing his revealed self? Those that do not believe in the physical revelation cannot possibly know God. When Jesus stood before the leaders of Israel most did not believe he was who he was, because they did not truly know God. The Bible is standing before you right now, do you know God? Condemn the Bible at your peril as those that crucified Christ are eternally lost.
Another important key to the kingdom is the understanding of what you are. First let me make clear one very important thing that you are NOT. You are not a Homo sapiens—not really. Knowing what you truly are provides the point of reference from which everything in the Bible, and the physical reality, is founded. God is an invisible spirit being, and so are you! You are not your body. You are a spirit being that has been created by God, in God’s own image and in his own likeness.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (NIV84)
Not one word of the Bible is there to save your flesh. Jesus did not come to the earth to save anyone’s body. If you think your animal body is you, then almost all of the Bible will remain a mystery to you. If you think that reading the Bible is going to benefit your body, then you have missed the whole point. The body may be benefited by godly living, but that is only an unimportant side effect. What is important is the health of your soul.
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. (Jesus Christ—NIV84)
The words of the Bible are spirit, and spirit is invisible. When the Bible talks about life and death, for example, it is talking about a spiritual condition of your soul. Spiritually speaking, only God is alive, and those that are in him. To separate one’s self spiritually from God, is the spiritual condition that the Bible calls death. The understanding of this fact is another important key to unlocking the Scriptures. It is very closely connected to the key of understanding what you are. You are a spirit being, and if you are dynamically connected to God, then you are alive. If you rebelliously remain estranged from God, then your soul is said to be dead. Biological life and biological death are only metaphors given to us by God, so that we can understand the realities of spiritual life and spiritual death. The single purpose of the physical universe is to aid you in attaining true spiritual understanding. The spiritual universe is infinitely more important, and real, than the temporary physical universe. The spirit is truly important and the physical is of no relative importance.
You are an invisible spirit being, that lives within a physical universe, in a physical body, so that the true you can observe the realities of true life and true death, and then choose the path you understand to be the right path. The reasons for this are beyond the scope of this article. For now, just understand that your spirit nature is infinitely more important to you than your temporary physical nature. The Bible tells us that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God [1 Corinthians 15:50]. Every physical body will die a biological death. Only the spirit is eternal.
…the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (NIV84)
If you first believe in the Scriptures, and then also understand that the real you is not your body, then you can read the above passage and see what it’s really saying. The first part is about God forming the Homo sapiens body, man; the second part is infinitely more important and is about the creation of the Godlike spirit of man, his soul. God breathed (symbolic of the spirit) his very own nature into the body of the Homo sapiens male, making the Homo sapiens male into a living being (spirit, not biological.) God hid a spirit being within a body of flesh.
If you think of yourself as a human animal, then you will not be able to see the spiritual reality that exists all around you. For the Bible to make any real sense to you, you must read it with the understanding of your true eternal nature. If we don’t have eternal natures, then it doesn’t matter how we live. If I am only a human animal, then I might as well live to gratify my body, for what would be the point of doing otherwise? Faith in God, and faith in your true nature, work hand in hand. The Bible will only make sense to you when you understand that you are really a spirit being.
Because people refuse to open their hearts to God most of the true meanings within the Bible remain closed to them. They read and think that they are their body, and so they think that the words are about physical things, and so they misunderstand. It is impossible to gain anything important from the Bible unless you first believe in it, that is, in the Christ, and then understand that it is talking about the restoration of your spirit self, not your physical self.
John 6:63 (repeated again)
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. (Jesus Christ—NIV84)
Jesus spoke these words to people that were not understanding him. Many were his followers, but because they really only believed in the world, they were unable to understand the true meaning of his words and so they quickly abandoned him and continued on their own paths. As many of the disciples were abandoning Jesus, Jesus turned to the twelve and asked…
“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” (NIV84)
I love Peter’s reply. Peter believed in Jesus, and that means that even though he didn’t always know what Jesus meant when he spoke, he nonetheless believed that Jesus was correct in what he as saying. In other words Peter believed that Jesus knew better than he, so when Peter didn’t understand something, he understood that the fault was with himself and not with the Lord. This is the exact same attitude that we should, or rather, must have, when reading the Bible. I personally am fully confident that what’s in the Bible is correct, and if I don’t understand something in it, then the fault lies in my understanding and not with the Bible. To put this sentiment in biblical terms I can say that I have complete faith in the Bible, but not in myself.
People often read the Bible unprofitably because their viewpoint is from the world. When they read a Bible passage they assume it is speaking literal truth about worldly things, but the Bible is spirit, and it speaks of spiritual truth. Almost always it speaks of invisible things, not of visible. People read the Bible thinking it speaks of their Homo sapiens selves, but it is speaking with reference to their souls.
Moving on, I want to say something else that I believe that will be difficult for most to understand, and that is, you should not let other people tell you what the Bible means. When I say other, I mean people, not the Spirit of the Lord.
There is a whole industry of Bible instruction out there should be avoided. It is the problem of the blind leading the blind, where the blind teacher got his or her information from a book written by yet another blind person. For every good Christian book out there, there are a thousand worthless books. Read the Bible for yourself. Endeavor to understand it by yourself. When someone helps you, make sure that you see the truth of what they are telling you.
Having spirit led teachers is a valuable thing, but if the so-called teacher is not themselves Spirit taught then their teaching can be very destructive. If you truly have faith in Jesus Christ then the Teacher resides within you, and you can rely on his teaching. You will have an inward understanding of spiritual truth. If you have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ then you will know when you know.
The important key here is that the Bible is true, and all truth will agree with every verse in the Bible. This is a very important revelation, a key if you will.
I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. (NIV84)
The Scriptures, themselves, are perfect. There are no spare parts in the Bible, that is, every single Scripture is true. The truth agrees with every Scripture. If you tell me that such and such is true, then your “truth” must agree with every verse in the Bible. There is only one truth. The truth is what God believes. God knows what the truth is about everything. If you want to know the truth, then the only way that you can be assured that you do know it, is that what you believe agrees with every verse in the Bible. God does not say one thing here and another there. If you think that the Bible is wishy-washy then it is your understanding of it that is deficient. You have to ask yourself what is the one truth that makes the here and there agree. Do you understand what I am saying? The Bible is perfect, but your understanding is not. Humble yourself and admit that.
If you understand everything in the Bible, then when you read it you will understand how each and every statement speaks of the same truth, but often from different perspectives. It is the truth that you should be looking for. Do not read the Bible to support your preconceived understanding while ignoring passages that inconveniently disagrees with your philosophy. I think that one of the most important qualities of person that you must have as a successful Bible reader is self honesty. You must admit to yourself that you do not understand, and likewise you must accept what you do understand. The successful Bible reader builds upon what he or she does understand, and the successful Bible reader does not give up, but always presses on. Remember when I showed you [Luke 10:22]? That was the Scripture that pointed out to you that only the Father can fully know the Son. Well, that can be understood from a different perspective, and that is, that only the Father can understand the Bible fully (remember that Christ and the Bible are one and the same. ) You will never fully know God, but you must press on nonetheless.
You, my reader, may be in a state of spiritual death (separated by faithlessness from God), living in a death doomed world, and the only thing that you have in the way of a life-preserver is God’s revelation. Jesus’ words do not have magical powers. He spoke the words of truth, but the words themselves do not have to power to save anyone. It is the acceptance through understanding of the words that have the power to transform, that is the ability to give faith, and yet in my experience his words are difficult to understand.
Why would the Lord God Almighty send to us a person that would speak hard to understand words? What was God thinking? I have wondered this countless times. It seems like God sent his chosen one to come and speak to us in a language that no one understands. It seems that way to the beginning reader of the Bible. Clearly such thinking is foolish nonsense. It is obvious that God would not waste his time in this way. The words were spoken and recorded and we are intended to understand them. So, what is the difficulty? Why does it seem so hard to understand?
But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. (NIV84)
Paul, our brother in Christ, here informs us as to what the problem is. The promised solution to the problem of death is found in the having of faith in Jesus Christ, and thereby believing his words, that is, the Bible’s words. The first step to overcoming the world is having faith in the words what have come to us from God. You may not understand him, but you nonetheless know that they are right and true and correct. If you think, because of your personal ignorance, that the Bible is just an old and corrupted book of myths and legends, then there is no hope for you. You have dismissed the light and have said that is dark. This is the one unforgivable sin. It is just like closing your eyes and putting your fingers into your ears when someone is trying to teach you. If you are to learn anything you must willfully open your eyes and ears and look and listen and receive. You are an independent spirit, free to open yourself to God, or not.
“He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. 31 And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. (NIV84)
If you say that what is the truth, is not the truth, then you are blasphemously saying that the Spirit of God is a liar. How then can you possibly learn from God?
My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. (NIV84)
The world is full of fine sounding arguments, but science, for all its efforts, cannot disprove even one spiritual word of the Bible. For us, all spiritual understanding exists in Christ, that is, in God’s revelation. The gaining of perfect understanding of the physical universe is of no lasting importance. Our true self is spirit, and the spiritual reality is eternal. Everything we need to know has been provided to us by God.
Science has determined that the whole universe came into existence at one point in time and in one location. Science calls this event the Big Bank. At the Big Bank every joule of energy that every was came into existence.
Wikipedia says concerning the law of conservation of energy:
In physics, the law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system [the physical universe] remains constant—it is said to be conserved over time. Energy can neither be created nor be destroyed, but it transforms from one form to another, for instance chemical energy can be converted to kinetic energy in the explosion of a stick of dynamite. (Bracketed comment mine as is the italics.)
What this means is that energy, the energy that God created at the “Big Bang,” is like God, eternal. This energy is actually a part of God. When the Bible says that God “spoke” the universe into existence, it means that it came into existence from inside himself. God did not make the universe from existing stuff, but rather it came out of him.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (NIV84) (Visible means detectable in this context.)
Everything in existence in the physical universe came from God. When you look at your arm, what you see is what God has made. In a way the covering that covers your soul was supplied by God. God is alive. Only God is alive. We have biological life because we exist in God. Life of our souls is a matter of faith. When our soul believes in God, that is, has faith in God, then our soul is forever connected to God. Those that are spiritually alive live in God, spiritually. When their biological bodies die they still live in God. God desires that you have faith in him. He desires that you live in him. That is the object of life for us who currently live within animal bodies that God as supplied for the purpose.
God has given your spirit free will. For you to remain alive past the life of the animal body you must be connected to the living God. If you are not connected to the living God upon the death of your covering then you will be found naked. If you are not covered by God then you are spiritually dead.
2 Corinthians 5:1–5
Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (NIV84)
This passage, like all the others, is spiritual and must be understood spiritually.
God has put you into a selfish body in a selfish world, and then says to you…
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Jesus Christ—NIV84)
Are you weary and burdened in the world? Do you feel like you don’t really belong in the world? Is there something missing in your life? Do you find the injustice of the world repulsive?
God had planned something better for us so that only together with us [in Christ] would they be made perfect. (NIV84)
God’s true children burn with desire for a better world. They see in God the perfection that is missing in the world.
I have heard it said in the world…
“I would rather reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.” What utter foolishness. Those in Hell will be eaten by their own sin. Their own selfishness will destroy them utterly. Hell is not a prison created by God. God is not interested in punishing anyone. Hell is a self imposed destruction more like being incurably addicted to drugs than anything else. Hell is populated by beings that have let their own self importance drive them to literally insanity. Hell is the eternal spiritual home for the criminally insane. That is the best definition I can come up with.
I would rather have peace. I would rather render help than harm. I would rather live with gentleness in my heart. I would rather have the feeling of joy that comes from helping my neighbor than take what is his for myself and feel the greed. I love the Lord. I believe in his Christ. I believe in his Bible. I believe in God. I can see, by faith, a better world than the physical one. I gladly lay down my physical life so that I can take up my spiritual one. I am glad to die to the world so that I can live in Christ.