Detroit to Saint Louis

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On a recent flight from Detroit to St. Louis, my seatmate was a young man who told me that he had recently earned his Ph.D. with a major in marketing. He was on his way to a mid-western university for a job interview. Curiously I inquired, "In your pursuit of knowledge did you include the knowledge of God?"
Much to my surprise he replied, "No, because I do not believe there is anything beyond this life."
My surprise was not so much that he had neglected, yes, omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith, but that a seemingly bright young man would so openly confess to such infidelity.
Confronted with this bold admission, I quoted to him: What if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar.
The poor man's reasoning was purely human, and he punctuated it with many references to the Word of God as "only one historical document." It was obvious that he considered my reasoning from the Word of God to be far inferior to that of one, like himself, of superior intellect.
Realizing the futility of further discussion, I asked the only question that seemed to make any impression: "What if what I have been saying is right?" A momentary visible change of expression appeared on his face as he reflected on the solemn consequence of such a possibility.
As we parted I simply said, "I trust that God will send you another messenger who can better present Christ to you than I have done, before you pass into eternity without God and wake up to the startling realization of how wrong you have been."
Now the same solemn challenge reaches you. Have you considered and settled the issue of where you will spend eternity? You may, as many have done, cast all your burden of sin, all your fears for the future, down at Jesus' feet and receive Him as your Savior, or you may continue to neglect so great salvation and spend eternity in hell, that was prepared for the devil and his angels. Come to the Savior now, and receive the forgiveness of all your sins. Then your destiny will be to spend eternity with Him in His Father's house—heaven.