Paradise is available to all, but many are decieved and kept from it. In the Garden of Eden, Satan appeared to Eve with the greatest tool of all that still keeps man from paradise; deception. Satan enticed Eve with the desire of knowing all and promising that this one little action would not cause death. In turn, a bite of this fruit that dripped at first with pleasure quickly caused the sour taste of sin to come into existence. Man was then thrown out of Paradise.
Satan hasn’t changed in his plan, he wants to rob you, me, and others of paradise. He entices mankind with promises of greatness, knowledge, and pleasure. We become fooled into believing that this life is the only one we should be concerned with. We question God and discount His existence. We get trapped into this web of deciet and wonder why we keep searching for paradise. We wonder why we feel so empty, even with the “best things in life.” This is a cheap trade for an eternal richness, everlasting life.
Jesus came to give us abundant life. John 10:10 says,”The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Does this mean that Christians will have the best car, biggest house, and fullest bank account? No, this life is temporary. The eternal life is where abundance is….where paradise is. We are just passing through this life to get there. Don’t loose paradise because there will be Hell to pay and that’s what Satan wants.
“A dying man asked a dying man for eternal life; a man without possessions asked a poor man for a Kingdom; a thief at the door of death asked to die like a thief and steal Paradise. One would have thought a saint would have been the first soul purchased over the counter of Calvary by the red coins of Redemption, but in the Divine plan it was a thief who was the escort of the King of kings into Paradise. If Our Lord had come merely as a teacher, the thief would never have asked for forgiveness. But since the thief’s request touched the reason of His coming to earth, namely, to save souls, the thief heard the immediate answer:
‘I promise thee, this day thou shalt be With Me in Paradise’ (Luke 23:43)
It was the thief’s last prayer, perhaps even his first. He knocked once, sought once, asked once, dared everything, and found everything. When even the disciples were doubting and only one was present at the Cross, the thief owned and acknowledged Him as Saviour.” ― Fulton J. Sheen, Life of Christ