The Greatest Dream of All

What is the greatest dream of all? I thought about it while thinking of a fictional and a real example of dreams that make many people excited and sometimes go to extreme lengths to make them real. 

The fictional example is the chance to see Willy Wonka’s marvelous chocolate factory and win a lifetime supply of chocolate. All around the world people started buying all the Wonka bars they could, hoping to get one of the five golden tickets. Is that the greatest dream they could have?

The real example is the Powerball lottery reaching 900 million dollars. Mobs of people are flocking to buy tickets, many buying lots of tickets, spending all that money even though it doesn’t increase the extremely long odds of winning in a statistically significant way. I suppose that is the greatest dream at the moment in terms of shear amount of money that you could suddenly obtain, and what you could do with it.

The strange thing is that

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has been obtainable for free, yet many people aren’t interested, have rejected it, or even scorn and mock it.  I’m talking about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What could be greater than eternal life, free from sin, in harmony with God our Creator and Redeemer? If a huge amount of money is worth trying to get by paying for tickets, even if there’s barely a ghost of a chance, surely the Greatest Prize of All is worth much more, if there’s any chance at all.

The problem is that human nature resists the intangible costs involved: First of all being humble in accepting something that might seem strange, different from what we’d expect,  and admitting to being sinners. Our natural inclination is to think we are good enough, or that we have to pay for ourselves or do some great act. Some people believe the Bible is full of problems and reject the answers to the supposed problems. Many sins provide pleasures that are hard to give up. Many claim the promise of the Gospel is a false “pie in the sky bye and bye” story made up so that priests could control people. Many people have friends who would reject them with scorn and mockery, too, if they “got religion.”

But for those who set aside their pride and sophistication, repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, there is much more than just a chance at a great dream coming true. Many people have found that they have been set free from the addictive power of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Others find help overcoming these in Christian support groups such as Reformers Unanimous. Although Christianity’s past is stained by the evil deeds of “Christians” gone wrong, the greatest works of charity and altruism have been produced by Christians or in countries still influenced by Christian ideals and traditions. The true Christian life is filled with meaning and a deep peace and joy. The Greatest Dream of All can come true, and the blessings begin immediately. 

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I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

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