We spend most of our time being distracted by video games, television, cell phones, internet, our children, our spouses, our family, our neighbors, meals, work… the list is a long one. And these distractions keep us from thinking about death and what may come after death. Even if we think about death, we can trick ourselves into believing that death ends everything for us.
Of course, death could be the end to us, but that is not likely because our universe is a huge recycling machine where matter and energy are neither created nor destroyed. Since we do not want to think about potential consequences for things that we did during our lives, we can fool ourselves into thinking that we will just die and there will be no consequences for bad choices. You can trick yourself into believing anything.
However, it is more likely than not that we will pay for the decisions we made during life. Why? Well, let’s start with the law of conservation of mass and energy, which sparks two other significant questions: (1) how can there be a God if matter and energy is not created? And (2) how can we die if matter and energy cannot be destroyed?
Well, logically the three answers are: (1) God created the universe outside our universe, so that the law of conservation does not apply outside our closed universe, (2) our bodies and mind can transform into different matter and energy without being destroyed, so it is very likely that our thoughts will continue functioning in some manner after death, and (3) life would be quite absurd if there were no consequences for choices (existentialism).
We spend the majority of our time on earth thinking about everyday matters like how to squeeze in a lunch between two meetings or how to get the milk on the way home from work or what television shows to watch tonight. And only rarely do we think about our inevitable death or what may occur in the afterlife, so we are like a boxer who doesn’t train and prepare for a fight and runs out of gas in the first round.
Why is preparation so important? The mind can be exercised just like muscles in our body, and it must be in tip-top shape in order to deal with the dangerous unknown and chaos that may be waiting on the other side of our living world. A weak mind will have no chance to make it through a difficult maze.
For example if you are asked to join forces with something or somebody on the other side who promises you immortality and anything else that you wish, this may be the wrong alliance to form. There are so many possibilities of what may be on the other side that it could even be unique to each person, depending on their individual frailties and faults. You could even be your own worst enemy as your mind may fashion its own trap to ensnare your soul.
You will have to be prepared for anything and everything. If you train your mind to think like Jesus, you will have your best chance in the afterlife. Now, you could trick yourself into believing that there is no Jesus or God or punishment for your sins; but why would you because there is no consequence for believing in these things and being wrong? However, there is a disastrous consequence for not believing in these things and being wrong.
If you examine these consequences logically, you will bet on Jesus and God without hesitation because you have nothing to lose by placing that bet. But many get so distracted by everyday events that they do not think about death enough to make the smart bet. It is much easier to live life without worrying about consequences from God or anything else. Just do what you want, enjoy the distractions, and put consequences out of your mind.