“If at first you don’t succeed, don’t try skydiving.” This is my excuse for avoiding skydiving and other extreme sports. I only have one life to live; and since I don’t want to spend it in a body cast, I prefer to engage in recreation which is not as taxing — like fishing. But what are the pain and suffering we experience on account of life’s thrills, other than necessary evils we must endure? If the teachings of Buddhism are true, then we don’t have to worry about suffering, because this evil will eventually be eradicated from our lives — if not in this lifetime, then in the next one or the one following. We might as well live it up if we will have to go through it all over again. Strap on your parachute and get ready to jump. . . .

Buddhist reincarnation is the teaching that when a person dies, he will take on another body and atone for sins he committed in his first life. After enough lifetimes, he would get a passing “grade” and achieve Nirvana, or perfection. According to Buddhist tradition, Buddha reached perfection after living 550 lives. That means he tried 549 times and failed. If I had 5,550 lives, I would still fail at reaching perfection. The reality is we only live once, and in this life we fall hopelessly short. The only way to “get it right” is to put our trust in the only One who was perfect. Jesus shed His blood on the cross and rose again. Anyone who believes in Him receives eternal life in Heaven, a place free of pain, suffering, death, and sin.

This is your call to action. If you put your trust in Christ, you will get it right the first time. If you refuse, there will be no next time. The Bible says after death comes the judgment. The only way to avoid suffering eternal Hellfire is to accept Christ’s payment for your sins. You have only one life to live. Don’t you want to get it right?

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Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.