“Let’s Make a Deal”
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
That is the question God asked and kindly wrote out for us to think about. I’m guessing He is expecting an answer. In fact, I think He is offering us a deal. Surely, there is some reason why he threw that out to us. Perhaps some simple deductions might give some kind of answer. For God, it should be not only an intelligent answer, but the right answer. Think hard.
Being inspired, I made some notes and formulated a few questions in order to provide some light meditation on God’s question and bring us closer to the right answer. If we focus on life, death, the world and everything else, we’ve probably got our bases covered.
Kindly follow these rules and take the following quiz. When finished, if you are in a classroom, pass your paper to the person behind for checking. If you are alone, sign a vow that you trust yourself enough not to cheat on answers of life and death—no matter what the outcome may be.
If you need paper, find some. This is a one dozen-question quiz. Good luck, and look good.
As you write, keep in mind; “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
- Does your happiness fit into a pillbox or can you measure it in kilometres?
- Considering the state of the world, is best to be a gopher or an ostrich?
- Is PTSD the same thing as, Pre-meditated Thought on Sacred Deals?
- True or false:
Can the answer to the great question of life, the universe, and everything, be 42 as discussed in the book, Hitchhikers guide to the Universe?
- Multiple choice: Which is the most probable way the world was formed?
- The big bang: otherwise, what in the world happened?
- Evolution: Hint: put all the pieces of a watch in a jar and shake it; same concept.
- True or false:
Is there something else, or is this it? (Hint: We asked Grandma where she wanted to be buried, “Anywhere should do, I’m not staying there anyway.”)
- True or false:
Angels are God’s messengers in much the same way that demons aren’t.
- Would you feel secure if areas of misgiving and indecision were inflexibly distinct?
- Could Earth, where you live; be better titled as “Neanderthal Explosion?”
- If the answer to life, the universe and everything is not an algorithm, but is God; where would you be on His scale of 1-10?
- Why do humans have the habit of continually denying the obvious
*Use cheat-sheet @: Rom. 16:18-20;
Opposition to truth cannot be excused on the basis of ignorance, because from the creation of the world, the invisible qualities of God’s nature have been made visible, such as his eternal power and transcendence. He has made his wonderful attributes easily perceived, for seeing the visible makes us understand the invisible. So then, this leaves everyone without excuse.
- The final question: What is the deal God wants to make with us?
Hopefully, the quiz has ignited your brain and thoughts are now flowing in like a computer upload.
Time to answer God’s question:
What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and loose his own soul?
Some deductions were just sent in:
*Thank you, Mr. Smith, for sending your calculations. That’s pretty deep stuff.
Since we’re on the subject of gaining the whole world, I’m reminded of my husband, Yip, who came hippy-style to India in 1974. He worked with a doctor and couldn’t help hearing over and over again about Jesus, God, and how He created the universe, life, and everything. But Yip wasn’t really wanting God. Not Jesus. He wasn’t wanting to become one of those nice Christians he’d met. He’d had enough of them.
Yip was staying in the mountains, and one starry night stood outside, looking at the valley and up to the stars. He wasn’t thinking of anything in particular, when he heard a voice, seemingly out of nowhere. “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” Yip was startled, for his aim was to be the youngest person to travel the world and visit the most countries and buy a Jaguar with his own money.
Now he was worried about who was talking and why was he talking to him? Disturbed, he went inside and asked his friend, P.M., about the voice message he’d heard. He repeated what the voice had said. “Wow! That’s great,” said P.M. “Those words are from the Bible. Mark 8:36.”
Now Yip was concerned. “God? Why in the world would you speak to me? Feeling quite troubled, and slightly guilty, Yip decided the best thing to do would be to go to bed. So, he did.
But he couldn’t sleep a wink. He just tossed and turned. In the early hours of the morning, Yip decided to talk back to God. It never occurred to him that it was exactly what God wanted.
“God, I can’t understand why you’d want someone as useless as me? It makes no sense. But, if you’re that keen on me, then you can have me.”
After that, Yip slept soundly. When he got up in the morning, the world was a brilliant kaleidoscope of colour. Actually, it hadn’t changed a bit, but Yip had changed. Everything he laid his eyes on looked brighter. The universe was more beautiful, and full of life. Yip was dancing, literally… with God.
Have you seen the horizon looking like the portal to heaven?
I walk out my door and hear the songs of the birds, the barking of dogs, the laugh of children on the playground. The flowers. Clouds and storms. Songs. Love. Children, ants and elephants.
None of these things are man-made; no algorithm has been or could be invented for such things. In other words, it is clear. No excuse can stand. There is evidence.
So, there is a choice.
Choose the right answer.
God doesn’t want to fail you.
I suggest that enduring the present pain, suffering humiliation and worse, as compared to living eternally with Jesus; no pain, no tears ever, would be a good choice.
P.S. The twist in the plot is that God made a few extra promises that look pretty good, you may want to check them out: (at the bottom of the page)
- Answer to Question number 12:
(Officially correct answers are not provided for Q #1-#11, but an answer for #12 is given)
God’s proposed deal:
“If you agree to suffering, pain, and sorrow for my sake now, I’ll give you eternal life in an unbelievable, peace-filled paradise with me.”
- Answer for God’s Question: (the one he wrote out for us to answer; Mark 8:36)
(The answer is not 42, but is written for you spelled backwards, in case you are still thinking hard)
Answer: The negative form of:
Life, death and everything flies by very quickly, so, THINK HARD.
Note the great perks in God’s deal:
I also heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is among men, and He shall tabernacle among them. They shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them and be their God. He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more. Nor shall there be mourning or crying or pain any longer, for the former things have passed away.”
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. For I consider the sufferings of this present time not worthy to be compared with the coming glory to be revealed to us.
Isaiah 11:6 -9
Leopards will lie down with young goats, and wolves will rest with lambs. Calves and lions will eat together and be cared for by little children. Cows and bears will share the same pasture; their young will rest side by side. Lions and oxen will both eat straw. Little children will play near snake holes. They will stick their hands into dens of poisonous snakes and never be hurt. Nothing harmful will take place on the Lord’s holy mountain. Just as water fills the sea, the land will be filled with people who know and honour the Lord.