I overheard a friend recently say, “My young son asked me what happens after we die. I told him we get buried under a bunch of dirt and worms eat our bodies. I guess I should have told him the truth – that most of us go to Hell and burn eternally – but I didn’t want to upset him,” (…a quote he borrowed, I believe).
He was responded by a couple other people saying: “Sounds like you did the right thing… To tell you the truth, the first is probably more the truth than the later… at least that’s what I’m betting on…”
I got to thinking about these statements, (go figure), and about destiny.
What happens when we die? Where do we go? Do we in fact simply go back to the dust from whence we came? Is that the end? Is there something for us after we die?
Author Deepak Chopra said in one of his books,
“On the material level, both you and a tree are made up of the same recycled elements. Mostly carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and other elements in minute amounts. You could buy these elements in a hardware store for a couple of dollars. The real difference between the two of you is between the energy and the information. Your body is not separated from the body of the universe. Because of the quantum mechanical levels, there are no well defined edges. You are like a wiggle, a wave, a fluxuation, a convolution, a whirlpool, a localized disturbance in the larger quantum field.”
So, my fellow wiggles and waves, what say you? As mentioned in the beginning, some do in fact believe that we shall die, return to the dust, and that’s the end. At least that’s what they’re betting on… What happens if those people are wrong? But wait…
For myself, I believe there is, in fact, life after death. I believe there is a real Heaven and a real Hell. I believe in God, and I believe God… and His Son Jesus, the Christ. Now, having said that, it would be fair to ask the same question of myself… What if I am wrong? If I were to be wrong then I would have to agree, (if it were possible to agree after death and after becoming nothingness), with author and atheist, Isaac Asimov, who once said,
“Although the time of death is approaching me, I am not afraid of dying and going to Hell or (what would be considerably worse) going to the popularized version of Heaven. I expect death to be nothingness and, for removing me from all possible fears of death, I am thankful to atheism.”
In other words, if I am wrong I lose nothing, I gain nothing, for I am nothing. If I bet on my God and lose, I haven’t in fact lost anything. I simply go to a nothingness, and cease to exist.
What say you?
Singer Peter Steele says in one of his songs,
“Well i loved my aunt – but she died, and my uncle lou – then he died,
I’m searching for something which can’t be found – but i’m hoping,
i still dream of dad – though he died, Everything dies – everything dies,
My ma’s so sick – she might die, though my girl’s quite fit – she will die,
Still looking for someone who was around – barely coping,
now i hate myself – wish i’d die, Everything dies – everything dies, everything dies – everything”
Not the happiest song I ever heard, but you get his viewpoint…
“I’m searching for something which can’t be found, but I’m hoping…” My friends, that ‘something’ can be found… in Jesus. Death is inevitable. And on that topic, the question is, what happens then? Nothing? Something? The question is not, what is our opinion of what happens after death? The question is, what is true? What is real? Those who believe in ‘nothingness’ could in fact be right, or, those who believe in God, and life after death, could in fact be right… but, these two views cannot both be right, and we only get one shot at it. It is not possible for the two views to both be right.
Maybe you’ve got some bent against religion, namely that of Christianity, from a bad past experience, or what you’ve been taught, or impressed upon by the media… Maybe you’re like British philosopher and atheist, Bertrand Russell, who once said,
“Religion is based … mainly upon fear… fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand… I regard (religion) as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race.”
But I propose to you that life, and death, is more like French philosopher, Blaise Pascal, once said,
“Not only do we know God by Jesus Christ alone, but we know ourselves only by Jesus Christ. We know life and death only through Jesus Christ. Apart from Jesus Christ, we do not know what is our life, nor our death, nor God, nor ourselves.”
What say you?
Come and See – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPWEoju4vk4