Am I the only one, or do you also hate talking about death? We can talk about college football, fabulous Tex-Mex, or fun places to take kids. But death? Ugh.
Knowing how we tend to avoid the topic, but still need to address it at times, I posted a survey on Facebook last week. I asked: What do you think will happen to you when you die? Here are the options you could choose from:
• I will cease to exist (We call this Naturalism – only nature exists, and when it’s gone, it’s gone.)
• I will become a ghost or an angel (This is known as Spiritualism – spirit is more real than matter.)
• I will come back in another life form (This is Hinduism’s reincarnation.)
• I will be with God, who one day will give me a new body for eternity (Christians call this resurrection.)
• I’m not sure – I try not to think about death (In any language, this is Denial.)
How would you answer that question?
No matter what option you choose, you are facing two hard realities: first, you will die; second, you will then find out if you only live once … or if you will live forever.
You only live once – YOLO for short – Is the worldview of postmodern Western culture. But is that what Jesus believed? Is that what the Apostle Paul taught? Is that what Christians stand for?
If you are a Christian, then you profess to believe the essential teachings of the New Testament, which are summarized in the Apostles’ Creed. That creed includes these words: “I believe in the resurrection of the body and in life everlasting.”
So what do you think? Do you only live once? Or will you live forever?
Last Sunday I spoke on YOLO. The message came from 1 Corinthians 15. Many people told me how much it meant to them. If you missed it, check it out here.