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Divine Potential

I’ve always felt sorry for people that believe in evolution. The whole idea that we used to be apes is perplexing and degrading. But even more unbelievable is that they believe we just disappear from existence after death. Is this not a very unsettling thought? Lucky for me, I believe that this theory isn’t true. I believe that human beings are more important than animals. We have superior brains for a reason. But we also have hearts, not just the big red organ that gives us a pulse, but an innate desire to be good. There must be a reason that we humans have this quality and animals don’t. If you feel like life is a meaningless existence, I genuinely hope that you can turn to my point of view. I promise you that you will be much happier knowing that indeed, there is life after death.

People are always looking for the answer and they aren’t satisfied until they get it. Unfortunately, many have found The Big Bang Theory, which is nothing but a big, empty, bottomless, pit of despair. It promises nothing but an explanation. Why believe in something as dark and impersonal as this? We all struggle through life, trying to make it through the best way possible. After all the hard work we put forth, we deserve a great reward, not to vanish.

So instead of this theory, there is one that was created by God, not man. And it’s not exactly a theory, but a plan. The plan is that all of God’s children progress and learn and eventually, through keeping his commandments become like him. As children want to grow up and someday be just like their parents, we all strive to grow up and become like our Heavenly Father and Mother. Our potential is limitless. C.S. Lewis wrote:

"It is a serious thing, to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no 'ordinary' people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations -- these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit -- immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously -- no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be a real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner -- no mere tolerance or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment."


We must value ourselves and everyone around us as Children of God with divine potential. As we serve others, and endure our trials with an open heart, we are blessed with divine qualities from God that we need to someday inherit God’s kingdom. Life is a small moment compared to the eternities when we will live in the midst of God. We shouldn’t think of death as the end, it is only the very beginning.



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