Article of the Month

November 2010




It is in the strange nature of humankind to have strong contradictory attitudes toward curiosity and learning.  We want to learn only from sources that intrigue us!  It began immediately in our history when Mother Eve had an immense curiosity about the forbidden tree; yet, instead of asking her husband (who had received first-hand instruction about it), she listened to the deceiving serpent which had less than good information to share.  It was in this context that the first lie was told—a lie most of humanity still believes!  The serpent proudly lied, “Ye shall not surely die.” — (regardless of what God said!) To this day, theologians of all religions proclaim, and are believed, that when we die, we are not really dead.  (Genesis 3:1-4)

In October of this year, a film was released.  This writer has not seen, nor does he intend to see it.  The title is HEREAFTER.  It is not unique in its message:  When you die, you don’t die.  The ads for the film proclaim the curiosity question, “What do you think happens when you die?”  Attendance seems to have been large, and reviews have been glowing.  So, what is the problem here? 

Surely every thinking person wants to know the answer to the question proposed.  But why do we keep going to the same unreliable and uninformed sources?  Like Mother Eve, we choose the wrong teacher!  There is only one fail-proof fountain of truth; it is God’s Word—despite the inane claims that, like a fiddle, you can play any tune on it.  (John 17:17)  We want to know, but we don’t want to know from the source!  Like the Pharisees of old, we want to discredit the good source lest it discredit our personal credibility.  (John 11:47-50)  We keep finding the unfounded excuses for ignoring the good source.  Even one who would become Jesus’ apostle did this!  Nathaniel first exclaims, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”  (John 1:46)  The Jews on the whole (1) saw only the obvious (John 6:42), or (2) they relied on conventional false teachings (John 7:27), or (3) they accused Jesus of being devil-possessed!  (John 8:52)  Had they listened, they (living now) would not need a movie called HEREAFTER!

You have probably heard, and may even have said of death:  “No one has ever been there and come back to tell about it.”  But, if we believe the Biblical accounts, this is not true.  Recall some of these accounts:

        1.     Elijah raised the widow’s dead son.  (I Kings 17)

        2.     Elisha raised the Shunamite’s dead son.  (II Kings 4)

        3.     Jesus raised Jairus’ dead daughter.  (Mark 5)

        4.     Peter raised Tabitha from the dead.  (Acts 9)

        5.     Jesus raised the dead man in a funeral procession.   (Luke 7)

        6.     Jesus raised Lazarus who had been dead for three days.
                (John 11) 

Now, think about it!  The Bible claims to be the prime source about what death is.  We all know that ANYONE at ANY TIME who would be raised from the dead would be MOBBED by hundreds of questioners asking “What was it like?”  And, the Bible, of all sources, should RECORD these answers.  Yet, not a one of these awakened ones has anything to report about death    because they, and those around them, ALL KNEW that death is death!  They did not say, “Oh, I’m  so  glad  you  got  me  out  of  that  horrible  place.”   Nor  did they say, “Why did you bring me back?  It was so nice there.”  They had experienced NOTHINGNESS!  And only by eventual RESURRECTION will all mankind be released from the nothingness of death.  (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10)   

We would admonish filling our minds with truth, not with fraudulent fancies.  Be among those that REALLY WANT TO KNOW, not among those who seek sources to bolster their own erroneous notions and feelings.

“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
(John 8:32)

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