An Age-Old Lie

Great news! According to the latest research, you're not going to die. I'm not going to die. Nobody dies. Death is just a figment of our imagination. No wait. Death is just an imagination of our figment. No. Sorry. Well anyway, it's something like that. You can read it for yourself here.

This lie is as old as they get. "You surely will not die", said the serpent. But none of us can escape the effects of the curse.

...it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment. (Hebrews 9:27) 

A member of our church from another country recently told me that one of the weird things about living in the USA is that nobody ever seems to die here. Where he grew up, death was a daily part of life. Jonathan Edwards had a set of resolutions that are quite startling to us today. The 9th one says, "Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death." No, he isn't morbid. We are just living in a strange country at a strange time. There has probably never been a time or place that has so effectively hidden death. But why is this a problem, to pretend that death doesn't exist?

The Book of Common Prayer puts it well.

In the midst of life we are in death;
from whom can we seek help?
From you alone, O Lord,
who by our sins are justly angered.

Remember that you too will die and stand before the judgment seat of God. Live like you know it.

Comments

I tried to read that article

I tried to read that article you linked to. It was so confusing. I know it's a just a bunch of mumbo jumbo, but I couldn't even understand what they were trying to say.

Yes, it is complete

Yes, it is complete gibberish, Malorie. I hope you didn't waste too much time on it. The link was more to prove that people do actually currently make this claim, not so much for people to really read.

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