The recent death of people, like Michael Jackson, and the associated hysteria and the outpouring of grief for such a loved one who has died, is tied up in the loss of that person from here on Earth.
Funerals to me are either profoundly sad or joyful.
Joyful, only if I know that they were a Christian. For I know where that person is now. Even though I am sad for the loss here on earth, I can rejoice in the fact that I will once again see them in Eternity. And then, on the other hand, profoundly sad if they were not a Christian – for not only are they lost to me here on earth, but now also for eternity.
Regardless of belief systems, there comes a time to pass from this earth… we know this as death.
As a Christian, I believe we will stand before the Judgment Seat of God. Some will have everlasting life and the others will be destroyed forever – so says the Bible:
…But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.
My belief in Christianity came way before it was logically considered. But, logically, if what Christianity says is false, then when I die, I am dead and will know no more. I pass into nothingness. But if what Christianity says is true? Then there is one of two things in store for me: 1. a glorious Eternity to live in, or 2. if I don’t accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, then there will be oblivion and I will cease to be.
So either way, if I were to live life this side of death the way Christ asks me to, it would be a life worth living anyway… it is a selfless life of love. There is nothing in the Bible that asks me to do bad things. In fact, everything I have read and studied in the Bible causes me to be a better person in every way… I don’t always get it right, but good when I do. What better way to be remembered by those we leave behind.
Therefore, logically, I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
But then, Christianity isn’t logical. It isn’t religious. It isn’t a set of pious rules.
Christianity is all about relationship…an intimate relationship with God.
As with any relationship to grow into intimacy, there must come a time to decide if it is a relationship worthy to pursue, and if so there comes a choice to begin to take steps toward the one we desire to know better. Want to start? Want to know God intimately? Start here.