A Time to Seek the Truth
Recently Pope Francis did a Q & A session outside of Rome and a little boy named Emanuele came forward with a question he asked through tears. His father had recently died and Emanuele wanted to know if his dad, who was an atheist, went to heaven. Emanuele revealed that his dad actually made sure all of his kids were baptized even though he was an atheist.
Pope Francis didn’t give Emanuele a definitive answer but instead indicated using the audience’s help that his father was a good man and God appreciated that. While we cannot know the fate of loved ones after death unless God reveals it to us, we do have the hope that they were saved which carries the promise of spending eternity in heaven.
The wise man wins souls (Proverbs 11:30). To tell a little boy that his father likely went to hell because he confessed to be an atheist would not be using wisdom. But for every adult that reads about Emanuele, it is an opportunity to exam our faith and how we are living. We may feel that what we believe or don’t believe is just about us but when you have children or when you plan to have them you must consider that what you believe or don’t believe can impact generations after you.
Emanuele was visibly tormented about the fate of his father and what a burden for a child to carry. We go through great pains to ensure our children have food and clothing and a safe place to live but we must also be the example to our children of what our moral and spiritual life should reflect.
“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” (Proverbs 22:11).
“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4).
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29).
So, if you are on the fence about your beliefs or if you have dismissed the gospel of Jesus Christ for whatever reasons, please think of the sleepless nights Emanuele spent wondering what happened to his dad and decide that you will seek the truth for your children’s sake.
When I met my Pastor, after I listened to her explain salvation, she told me to ask God to just reveal the truth to me. She told me it wasn’t about religion but instead it was about a personal Savior who had plans for my life. I say the same thing to you. Just ask God for the truth and He will reveal it to you and all you have to do is believe it and live it.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7).
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