For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).
What does Christianity have to say about death? Does the Bible have anything to say that will help us in this, the most characteristic human factor of all, our mortality.
Generation after generation has had to deal with the implications of death’s certainty. In Greek mythology the dead crossed the River Styx, a dreary, poisonous river that ran between the living and Hades. Whoever crossed had to pay Charon, a boatman who ferried people across.
It was, we must emphasize, a one-way ticket! Continue reading “I have one more river to cross”
It is easy to determine what is really important to many people. Just listen to them.
The television networks interview men of success. Newspapers do articles on the real estate and stock market moguls.
What’s the theme of the world? Profit, accomplishment, and material wealth are all things many people consider important. Continue reading “How is your balance sheet?”
A hopeless philosopher once wrote that the only real choice we have is to kill ourselves or not. This is a philosophy of despair.
Albert Camus believed that life is absurd and makes no sense. As an atheist, he saw the contradictions and suffering. Still, he clung to the will to live, a philosophical version of the shallow sentiment of the song, “Don’t worry, be happy.”
In one sense, however, Camus was exactly right. The only real choice is to embrace death or cling to life. But for those who believe in Jesus Christ, the apparently simple choice holds a paradox. Continue reading “The only real choice we have”
“For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better” (Philippians 1:21-23).
What does Christianity have to say about death? Does the Bible have anything to say that will help us in this, the most characteristic human factor of all, our mortality? Continue reading “The Christian who dies”
Job’s question, “If a man dies, shall he live again?” (Job 14:14, NKJV) still resonates today. People throughout history have been convinced that the afterlife exists. It’s only a matter of what form it would take.
God says that when we die, we’ll enter the afterlife (Matthew 25:46) either to paradise or torment in the Hadean realm (Luke 16:19-31; 23:43). This will be followed by judgment day based on how we have chosen to live (Revelation 20:11-15). Continue reading “Is there life before and after death?”
We arrived in my parents’ city last Tuesday, from Brazil. We went directly to the hospital, where my dad had worked for 34 years. Where I was born and, at 17, had undergone surgery. Where my grandfather gave up his last breath, missing the age of 100 by a month. Continue reading “How to pray when a loved one faces death”
Carrie Berrian of Louisville, Georgia died just short of her 120th birthday. We’ll remember her longevity, energy and persistence. But her greatest achievement was her faith in God and she’ll receive her eternal home in heaven, as a result (Revelation 21:1-8).
It doesn’t matter what we have accomplished early in our lives, because in the end our eternal home will be determined by where we wind up spiritually (Matthew 25:31-46). Continue reading “It matters where we finish”
A confession that life has been consumed by selfishness and a prayer that righteous zeal be stoked anew. Continue reading I confess my selfishness
Man has always searched for the fountain of youth. How much longer do we have? Continue reading How Long Have You Got?