Eternity in Their Hearts

Years ago my friend missionary Don Richardson wrote a book called, Eternity in Their Hearts. The thesis of the book was that no matter where missionaries or anthropologists go – even to the stone age head-hunting cannibals of Indonesia, all peoples discovered seem to have a sense of a Creator God in their cultures and a belief in a great “sky God” in their hearts. The evangelical missionaries build on this belief to bring them to faith in Christ.

One great Christian philosopher put it this way years ago. There is within the heart of every person born into this world a God-shaped vacuum that only God can fill.

Jesus was addressing this issue when he said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.”

God can put a sense of peace in our hearts that can settle all our fears – including the fear of death. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you.”

God has opened a door for me to minister in India each year. In India it is especially important to teach that only Jesus can fill this spiritual void in our hearts. While this is true in all lands, many Indians are Hindus. A Hindu is often willing to add a new God to the pantheon of deities in Hindu belief. But Jesus makes it clear we cannot add Him to other Gods. The Bible teaches salvation exclusively through faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

And he can give us eternal peace in our hearts.

Pastor Jim

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