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?
The midnight intrusion seemed surreal. Darkness had embraced the city when the sound of pounding on a door revealed someone demanding to be heard. Continue reading For Real
Perhaps the fact that my father was a coal miner has sensitized me to the story out of Chile. Maybe my amateur explorations of undeveloped caves helps me feel for those men. Continue reading Certain Deliverance