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About a month ago my computer came up with the feared “blue screen”. It was so irreconcilable that I had to take it to “Richard, the owner”, as he introduced himself the first time I met him, at his small storefront computer shop. My biggest concern was not the computer but the files and family pictures that appeared to be lost. The problem was so bad that he had to do “raw data recovery”. Some of you are laughing, but this was all news to me. Since then I have been sorting through the 20 gigabyte file of all of the jpeg files (the file type of my pictures) he saved to my hard-drive after reformatting . As he described it every picture anyone had ever clicked on or icon or text or figure which had a cookie (a short memory file to load or track activity) associated with it was recorded on the hard-drive. Random Access Memory had been stored for future use. Read it again: 20 Gigabytes of memory. The soccer shoes my son researched; the climbing equipment I checked on e-bay; the pictures on Facebook; every thought in “click-world”. As I eliminated memory of sites that I didn’t know my children were visiting to ferret out my family pictures the reality of cataloged thoughts, actions, intentions, words, neglected actions became more real to me. “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away,and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.  And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15) In the book, “To Hell and Back”, cardiologist and emergency room doctor, Maurice Rawlings, records many examples of people having near death or clinical death experiences. He says the evidence for hell is strong in experiences related by resuscitated patients, but “if the interview is delayed just a little bit… only the positive experiences  will be found. The negative experiences have long since been relegated to the painless portions of the memory, th victim apparently unable to coexist with this painful memory.” (p.33)  We certainly forget things or refuse to remember them, but there is an organized (non-random) record that will be accessed on every non-believer. They will be judged on the merits of their own deeds and will all fail because they refused to be judged on the merits of Christ and written in His book of life. Non-believers, take heed; there is still time to accept Jesus.  Believers, take heed; there is still time to share Jesus.

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