Originally posted by AThousandYoung
Many Christians claim that Hell is a state of separation from God, and Heaven is a state of being with God. These are the only two possibilities from what I understand, with the one being horrific torment and the other bliss. If so, what state am I in here on Earth? I suffer neither horrific torment nor constant bliss. Am I with God? Am I separated ...[text shortened]... ther experience much much worse or much better after death for the same choices I am making now?
I think your lifetime here is the opportunity to declare yourself. Are you a person who would choose to be with your creator? Or a person who would rather reject your creator? What other possibilities could there be? You are free to choose, and are given the understanding necessary to make an informed choice.
The horrific torment of hell, by the way, is not so much a punishment as it is simply the nature of being eternally apart from God. Like freezing to death is a consequence of being apart from the winter campfire. Of course with the supernatural, all things are 'super'. All proximity to God is super good and all separation is super bad.
There really is only once choice you make now; to be for God or against. The rest of life follows from this decision. By the way, the choosing to be with or without God is such a personal, inward thing it really supercedes 'religion', as it were. It even supercedes the hearing and receiving of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Jesus' coming and dieing and being resurrected was required by God, to create a way for those who chose to be with Him, to be saved.) Ultimately, God can and does make the judgement about where we stand in regards to Him.
The great thing about receiving Christ as your savior sooner, rather than later, is that you can begin to experience and know that 'being with God', even here on this not-really-God-forsaken planet.
Let's say you were on the outs with your rich Dad. But by his great love for you, and his grace, he gave you a month to decide whether you were going to come back under his roof, the one you so resented as an adolescent and walked away from. He said if you came back you could certainly expect to inherit the estate some day, but...you are just not sure if submitting to his house rules is worth it. Your brother who found it easy to choose, came back the first day and he began to enjoy the fellowship and the comforts of his Dad's home right away. While you struggle with the issue you are still getting those calls from the creditors and trying to fix your own plugged up toilet. Your Dad has even sent someone to be your advocate. He's out front in the limo, waiting to bring you safely home as soon as you want to go. During that month of decision, you are neither with Dad, or without him, but you can be with him as soon as you simply accept his offer of reconciliation.