Convicted murderer Richard Ligget died of cancer and was buried on prison grounds in a $ 215 dollar casket last March. The casket was of his own design, one of many he had already made for other convicts who had died in prison.  Last June, Ruth Graham was laid to rest in a casket costing exactly $ 215 dollars and made by Richard Ligget.
     Their funerals certainly must have been different.  The prison chaplain conducted the service for Mr. Ligget and a sparse number of people attended.  Mrs. Graham’s funeral was nationally televised and attended by three former Presidents of the United States.
     Their lives were different. In one violent act, Mr. Ligget took a human life and spent thirty years in repentance and punishment for it.  Mrs. Graham spent her entire life celebrating and encouraging others in the life of Christ. 
     One great thing binds Richard Ligget and Ruth Graham together more than a $215 dollar coffin.  No matter who we are or what we have done, our entrance into heaven is based upon one thing, as explained in John 11: 25-27:  “I am the resurrection and the life,”  Jesus told His friend Martha. “He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”  “Yes, Lord,” Martha replied.  “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”
                (This was written by Captain Jim McGee of the Salvation Army)

     I wanted to share this story with you because it shows how impossible it is for us to judge the soul of another human being.  We look on the outward appearance.  In our eyes, there is no comparison between Ruth Graham and Richard Ligget.  But, God looks on the inside of a person. I would say, of course Ruth Graham should go to heaven.  But, I am not too sure about Richard Ligget.  Isn’t it good and wonderful that I do not make this determination for any human being?  God alone judges the soul of a person. He judges by motives, intents, desires and inner struggles of the person.  He knows their heart.   Please, leave eternal judgment up to God.
     We claim the promise of eternal life with God by loving Him. If we love Him, we will obey Him and if we obey Him, we have His word that He will take us Home to be with Him.  TRUST HIS WORD.

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