…a Christian can only trust in the grace of our loving Lord and wonder if the seeds planted took root before it was too late. There is no joy for a Christian if anyone, even a lifelong opponent of the cross, slips into a Christless eternity.
This is painfully true. This is from an article on The Institute for Creation Research’s website regarding the question, “Did Charles Darwin renounce [the theory of] evolution on his death bed, [turning from his atheistic beliefs]?” The answers are conflicting. It was testified by a close friend of Darwin’s wife, Lady Hope, that Darwin, near the end of his life, did indeed accept Christ in her presence, renouncing his atheistic beliefs; however, family members and Darwin supporters deny the claim, saying his belief was still in the theory of evolution until the end. It is, however, undisputed that near end of his life Darwin did soften his position regarding Christianity and allow church groups to meet on the lawn of his home and he “opened his windows to hear the hymns being sung.”
The article goes on to tell of Carl Sagan, a proponent of both the theory of evolution and atheism, and his battle with cancer that ended in 1996. Although witnessed to by many close friends, Sagan made it clear that could not believe in creationism or God. His atheistic beliefs were intact until the end. To be saved from Hell, you must believe that He is.
So that no false conversion story would be circulated regarding the condition of Sagan’s soul after his passing, his wife arranged to have someone with the same atheistic beliefs as her husband (and herself) at Sagan’s bedside continually until his passing to “make sure no Christian came near.” Both Sagan and his wife rejected the Bible as truth all their lives.
The true Christian will feel the sorrow of the Lord at the loss of even one of His children since it is our intention and purpose in life to be like Him; therefore, great sorrow should be felt at the passing of a lost soul into eternity, knowing there is no other chance for redemption. The last chance has passed into eternity without a doubt so be careful who you follow. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise to deliver us, instead He waits patiently as long as He can for a soul to be saved, but He will not wait forever.
Brokenhearted Atheistic Beliefs Masquerading as An Angel Of Light
It makes me want to weep to think of how Satan has used and discarded these men and the millions of others to advance his purposes, promoting and perpetuating theories and ideas in which they believed wholeheartedly and honestly, free of malice, neither with evil intent, yet they are demonized. We should know that Satan, who masquerades as an “angel of light,” is behind this advancing his agenda. If we believe the Bible, then we should believe (and remember) what it says about people we perceive as “evil.” They are in bondage to the eternal sorrow of the Lord.
The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:24-26 (NASB).
There is no joy in knowing that someone Christ died for, just as He did for me, is now forever lost to the great sorrow of the Lord. Darwin has perpetrated one of the worst blows to Christianity and belief in God; his theory is still making ripples today, more than 150 years later. And someday he will be called before God to give an account for his choices and actions. If he did indeed reject Christianity up until the end, he will be “cast into the fire prepared for the Devil and his angels. Matthew 25:41.
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