The question of smoking continues to arise, even to the
point of asking whether smoking will send a person to hell. I’ll dispense with the cute answers, because the habit
is too serious. It can kill, but for the person who can kick the habit, within 20 minutes after smoking, the body starts
recovering, and within eight hours, blood oxygen and the carbon monoxide level have increased to normal. And without
getting into medical terms too hard to understand, within four weeks, the development of diseases ranging from diabetes to
cancer grows in smokers. But within that four weeks of quitting smoking, those danger levels have fallen to levels “no
longer significantly different from non-smokers. And scientists have developed the time-lines of improvements all the
way to good health, but for those who continue, the death of the smoker.
Looking at it in a common
sense way, the Bible is a good reference. The Apostle Paul, in 1st Corinthians 6:19 said, “What know ye
not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
This pertains to Christians, but is just as true for any human…to take care of the body God has given you.
And consider the title of this Conquest article. I talked to the Lord about whether I should allow such a thought to
even be put in writing, but it may be enough for someone to see how awful such a picture can be. If we are to be Christ-like,
such a picture us unthinkable. Consider how Christ feels when he sees you, harming your body with a habit that may have
been picked up, just because your friends at school were doing it.
If ever “WWJD” was a good thought, it’s
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.