You Die and
From the Free Presbyterian Tract Society
Niagara Daredevil Tells Reporter... "You die and that's it."
Karel Soucek was a professional stuntman with a flare. For
eight years he planned his trip over the Horseshoe Falls in
his bright, red, nine-foot barrel bearing the words, "The
Last of Niagara's Daredevils". If someone followed him,
he intended to repeat the act and always be the last.
On July 3, 1984, his barrel was lowered into the river 1000
feet from the cataract. In seconds, it was swept over the
brink. Shortly after, Soucek emerged safe but bleeding.
Having tasted success, he decided to build a museum at
Niagara in which to display his stunting paraphernalia. He
convinced a corporation to finance a barrel drop of 180 feet
from the top of the Houston Astrodome into a tank of water
to pay for his project.
Before the drop, a reporter asked if he believed in an after
life. He replied, "There is no heaven or hell; there
is no God. It's all a myth. You're born, you live, one day
you die and that's it."
On January 19, 1985, as Soucek was enclosed in his barrel,
180 feet above the floor of the Astrodome, the barrel was
released prematurely. Unexpectedly, it began spinning as it
fell toward the floor. Instead of landing in the center of
the tank of water, his barrel hit the rim. Soucek, severely
injured, died the next day. Evel Knevel, the well-known
stuntman, called it the most dangerous stunt he had ever
seen and said he had tried to persuade Soucek to cancel it,
to no avail. Tragically, this young man's life came
unexpectedly to an end. Now he knows that God, heaven, and
hell are not a myth. Sadly for Soucek, it is a knowledge
that he came by too late.
The Karel Souceks of life are to be found everywhere.
Multitudes think that God is a myth, hell is a joke, and
that the only thing to do in this life is to "go for the
gusto." But they ignore the clear teaching of the Bible that
says, "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God"
(Psalm 14:1). They scoff at the Bible's declaration that
"It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the
judgment" (Heb. 9:27). They laugh at the numerous
warnings of Scripture that tell of the awful wrath of God
that will one day separate the godly from the wicked . . .
that will cast the wicked into hell where the "worm dieth
not and the fire is not quenched" (Mark 9:48).
You might say that they are walking daredevils. They live
loosely and carelessly on the edge of eternity. It is only a
slender thread that keeps them from slipping into hell. At
any moment, their life on this earth, like Soucek's, could
abruptly end. And then what? And then "the judgment."
Immediately they are judged by God and brought to God's
Heaven, or they are sent to their eternal punishment in
Ask yourself this question: Am I prepared to die? Should
your life unexpectedly end tonight, where would you go:
heaven or hell? Your eternal destiny depends on whether or
not your sins have been forgiven. God's Son, the Lord Jesus
Christ, is the only One who can pardon your sin and make you
acceptable to God on the ground of His death on the Cross.
He endured God's wrath on Calvary so that sinners like you
wouldn't have to endure God's wrath in hell. Go to Him even
now and He will save you. For there is a hell to shun and a
heaven to gain. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou
shalt be saved."
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