NOTE: If you have not seen the movie "GOD is NOT Dead"...this blog will reveal the ending.
"Jesus said to him,
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
No one comes to the Father but through Me."
John 14 :6
That single Bible verse haunted me for almost 50 years.
Until Jesus "mugged me" 4 years ago, I would proudly proclaim "I was a GOD guy!"
After all...if I had a relationship with The Father...what did I need the KID for?
I mean, Dad was never stepping down as CEO of "Life"...so I don't need a relationship with a possible successor.
Then one day...My Lord whispered in my ear..."I don't know you!"
The rest is my testimony how Jesus saved me is another story.
This story is about the end of a life...no eternity for "Atheist Mike".
Atheist Mike had been a friend of mine for more than 10 years.
We would play tournament poker together almost every Saturday.
Atheist Mike was also a regular guest on my radio show constantly proclaiming...
"There is no GOD!".
At almost all gatherings, Mike and I would eventual get to the "GOD" conversation.
Mike, was an estreamly "kind" man.
A Good Person they will say.
But when the topic of GOD would come up, Mike would still mock those of us who knew our Creator.
"Fairy Tails" he called the Bible. "Invisible man in the sky" was his name for GOD.
I called it Blasphemy...and I prayed for Mike to find his Creator.
Last week...at age 51. Atheist Mike suffered a massive stroke.
He was in the Emergency ICU at a local hospital. I felt so much sadness.
The Holy Spirit was leading me to go to Mike...
and ask him to please except Jesus as his lord and Saviour.
Atheist Mike should have died given the massive damage the stroke had caused his body.
But here he was...clinging to life.
I wanted to tell him, this was GOD's way of letting him know he had one last opportunity to accept his rightful place in eternity.. at the right hand of his Lord and Saviour.
I felt "called" to such a task.
Over the first weekend...Mike was not allowed any visitors...so I was patiently waited for Monday so that I might visit him, and once again, bring him the Gospel.
Then came Sunday afternoon.
My Life group ( Bible study) decided to view the new movie "GOD is not Dead!"
It's the story of a bitter "Mad at GOD" Atheist Professor, who at the out set of taking his class...required you had to sign a pledge that you believed "GOD was Dead."
Passing his class was a requirement to graduate...and The Atheist Professor manipulated his students to sign the pledge in order to complete their degree and further his hatred for God.
But one student refused to sign the pledge...simply stating...
"I AM A Christian."
The Angry Professor challenged him to a debate to prove his theory that "GOD is Alive."
The other students in the class, would be the "jury" and determine who, in fact, proved their theory the best.
In the end, the jury determined, in fact... "GOD is NOT Dead!"
and the professor was shammed to admit he was "Mad at GOD because he didn't save his mother from dying when he was only 12." For ALL these years...He had blamed GOD for his mothers Death.
At the end of the movie, the professor was facing a certain death and was asked, once again,
if he would accept Christ as his Lord and Saviour. He did.
At that moment my eyes swelled up with tears, feeling that I would have that same opportunity,
to bring that question of Salvation to Atheist Mike...one last time.
When the credits began to roll...I pulled my phone from my pocket.
There was a text from a mutual friend of Mike and I.
The Text simply read..."Mike is Gone."
My heart sank.
My tears were falling.
My heart broken... that I would never see Atheist Mike again...
Could the Bible be wrong?
Could GOD's Grace be SO big,
that he would even save Mike from an eternity without his Creator?
Over the years...on my radio show, I have asked dozens of Pastors this Question:
"Could GOD's Love and Grace for us be SO BIG...that in the end, we would all be saved...even those who spent too many breaths proclaiming "There is no GOD"!"
NOT a one ever gave me hope that was biblical.
Could the Bible be wrong?
Was there enough Grace in GOD's Heart to save the dammed?
We will one day know...but for now, I have GOD's WORD as the Whole Truth...
and the unbelievers have chosen to spend eternity with out their Creator.
Ephesians 2 :5
"We are Dead in our transgressions..."
1 John 2 :2
"Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the anti-Christ...
denying the Father and the Son."
Mike was gone and I would never have one last chance to ask Mike to accept Jesus as his Lord and Saviour.
I prayed that I would always have the opportunity to share the Gospel with all who would hear it.
I asked: "GOD, bring me along side any one who needs to hear this simple Gospel:
"Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.
He rose again on the third day, according to the scriptures,
In that process HE gave us the free gist of salvation through Faith only!"
GOD...Thank you for Mike...
Only you know...for now, if Mike is with you for eternity."
I continue to Honor GOD, Follow Jesus and Serve Others.
I'm that kind of Disciple.
Mathew 28 :
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
So when GOD brings you along side a lost child of his...proclaim the Gospel.
...for THAT Kids...is GOD's Purpose for our Life.
I Love you Mickey...I hope we can play poker again...every Saturday... for eternity.
Proof there is a GOD WITHOUT Using the Bible: