Why Are Unbelivers Happy?
by Mike Wells

First, a brief look at three definitions.

The Divine Glue: Jesus is the invisible Divine Glue that holds all things together. "Yet for us there is {but} one God, the Father, from whom are all things, and we {exist} for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we {exist} through Him" (1Corinthians 8:6). This does not mean that every person is born again or that creation is to be worshipped. It does mean that Christ is in every created thing holding it together. "For in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we also are His offspring'" (Acts 17:28). When I refer to the Divine Glue, I will be referring to the person of Jesus Christ.

Sin: The natural is holy. Why? Because the Holy One holds it together. "For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God" (Romans 8:19). Why? Because the sons of God will see that the God who holds them together holds the world together, and will therefore treat it with more respect. One aspect of sin is to invite something anti-Christ into my natural being that's held together by Christ. It is to invite a solvent into my being, causing me to come apart. On this level, then, sin and punishment are one and the same. The punishment for sin is immediate! Every sinner punishes himself. Sin is like that; man has a go at his own body with a hammer and chisel! "They exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural . . . and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error" (Romans 1:26,27).

The Glory of God and Worship: "And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, {be} blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever" (Revelation 5:13). Have you ever been walking in the mountains, turned a corner, saw a beautiful site, and just sat there saying, "Praise God"? I was in Tonga with my brother, and we decided to go to the only movie theatre in the nation. My brother disappeared and returned to invite me to go upstairs and look at the projector. I was quite fascinated with what I saw. The projector had two carbon rods that fed from 90-degree angles, and there was a blinding spark where the two met, creating enough light to project the image onto a large screen.

Every created thing has in it the one rod, the Divine Glue. As it meets with the rod, or Divine Glue, in another created thing, there is a spark, a recognition, a light. One day everyone who has Jesus dwelling within (born again) will stand before the Jesus on the throne. There will be such a spark of life and light that all will fall down and worship. If it were not for the fact that God has stayed the trees for our faith's sake, they would shout to us, "Glory to God!" But for now they are only allowed to whisper! "Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy" (Psalm 96:12).

Those are the definitions; now to answer the question. Why are unbelievers happy? Some are, though they do not have joy, which is the fruit of the Spirit. I would like to offer only one opinion; you may have another, and to that I say Amen! Though not born again, the unbeliever has the Divine Glue holding him together. This same Divine Glue is also holding all other created things together. When the glory of God in one comes in contact with the glory of God in the other, there is a small spark called happiness. Christ is not abiding in the unbeliever but is holding him together. If the unbeliever limits contact with the rest of the created world, he will have less happiness. Hence the unbeliever under self-confinement to his house will appear to be a recluse with no happiness. The unbeliever who has more interaction with creation via nature, humanism, social activities, and human compassion will naturally have a greater experience of the Divine Glue that holds him together witnessing to the Divine Glue without, and therefore will have proportionately more happiness.

The above brings some insight into what hell is. "They shall be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matthew 8:12). Why is hell such a place of torment? During the days of the unbeliever's life, the glory of the Divine Glue holding him together has witnessed to the Divine Glue holding all creation together. This has produced a measure of wonder and happiness. The unbeliever might have thought it was his perception that caused the happiness, but it was not. Even on the darkest night, in the loneliest place, in the worst of situations, there was like calling to like. There was hope! For where Christ meets Christ, there will always be hope. This is God's secret work in every person. God is witnessing to Himself through the natural to get the unbeliever's attention until his death.

The frightening thing about hell is that it gives the unbeliever what he always said he wanted! Hell is God's absence as He leaves those within alone. After death there is no more witness! The Divine spark is seen no more! There is nothing to stir the unbeliever to hope or happiness. There can be no excitement, happiness, or sensations, and it is a bleak new experience. For the first time God has truly left the unbeliever, who has entered a void, alone. Darkness on earth is held together by the Divine Glue, but hell is not darkness, it is void. Hell is the granting of an unbeliever's wish, but it is a cold, empty separation from God.

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