It's always amazing when we watch people in our increasingly secular world, thinking how so many see all the answers to all of life's troubles in man alone while never questioning why that usually doesn't solve things. They go about amassing "stuff," oblivious to the obvious truth that they can't take it with them and then, at the moment they are faced with the truth of mortality they fear what will happen to them. It's the way of so much the world these days, societies scorn the God who created us, including here in the United States where we have a nation created under Almighty Providence, yet more and more not only fail to rely on God, they scorn Him and those who worship Him as well.
It's at times like these when I like to refer to biblical verses like the beautiful one posted above from the Gospel of John, for these very words comfort me and give me the strength to go on with living full of the promise of what God has awaiting us in heaven above when this life ends. And as for the others, well, I pray they will open their hearts and let the Spirit enter and direct them, for a future after this world of total darkness makes no sense as we finish our time on earth. Seriously, think about that. Why would God create us to live and grow in this life only to find no greater purpose in it than the here and now? In a nutshell, I am certain that he wouldn't, but he does give us the free will to choose for ourselves and face whatever the consequences that come with that decision, good or bad.
Which would you prefer and which makes more sense, coming from a Loving Holy Father or as the result of a big bang? Get real people, a big bang can't explain the intricacy of all living things and the wide variations on this earth. It had to be a super genius to put together such a place and all living things that inhabit this earth. Yes, it was God Almighty and He created us in His image with the mental and physical characteristics to grow and learn in His image. And if we grow and learn in His image, doesn't that seem logical would be in a way to honor Him and live for Him. Taking it to its ultimate conclusion, He then rewards us with Eternal Life, where all pain and suffering are gone as we inherit a seat at His table in His Kingdom. Doesn't that sound like a much better ending to life on mortal earth?
If you don't believe try something new for a while. Read the Holy Scripture daily, digest it and read it again. Get on your knees or in an appropriate place of reverence and pray. Prayer is nothing more than your private discussion with God where you praise and honor Him before you give Him all of your troubles. He's glad to help you with them and take the load off of you. And then, try going to church. If you do these things for a while with an open heart, I think you'll be surprised where they lead, for He has a way of opening your heart with the Holy Spirit that is within you which changes the way you look at things. Just try it honestly and see what it does for you.
Remember, Life is for the living, but living doesn't have to end when this life on earth is over. Turn yourself over to God and watch it open a new Eternity for you, an Eternity in heaven that will be so beautiful, so wonderful and so fulfilling that you'll never be sad, lonely or feel like a failure again. Think about these things on this glorious Lord's Day and you'll be glad you did.