Worldview continued……

  1. Belief about God.
  2. Belief about the origins of man.
  3. Belief about the afterlife.
  4. Belief about how knowledge is acquired.
  5. Belief about morality.
  6. Belief about what is wrong with mankind.
  7. Belief about the solution for mankind.

Everyone will die.

A few weeks ago I spoke about death to our teenagers. It was part of the series through the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan. We were following Solomon’s suggestion in Ecclesiastes 7:2 by thinking about those around us whom have died – our family and friends.

I was shocked to think about many people I have known who have died over the years. When I was in kindergarten, a boy in my class drowned. His name was John White. His grandfather died trying to save him. Jennifer Quillen, my baby sitter, died when I was in the 3rd or 4th grade. It was a gross car accident. I kept her

obituary that I had clipped from the newspaper on my bed for a few weeks. When I was in high school, I led a guy named Cosmo to the Lord. A few weeks later, he and a friend were killed in a car crash. The same year, a student at our school was shot in his sleep. My cousin, Bethany, died in a car crash. Her funeral was no less than a worship service to God. In college, my grandmother and two cousins died. Granny died of a blood clot and stroke. My cousins took their own lives. My father called me on my first wedding anniversary to tell me that my Uncle Walter had passed away suddenly. Death is all around us. I know there are several people that I just can’t bring to mind right now. The list goes on. These thoughts should be sobering.

The sobriety should come in this thought: “One day we will be on someone else’s list.” One day someone will say, “My cousin, Nathan, passed away.” When we think about death we should think about it that way. That is what Solomon says. He phrases it like this: “It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart.” The house of mourning is a funeral home or cemetery.

Who likes to hang out at cemeteries?

Everyone will die. So, it makes sense that everyone would have some sort of worldview about death. What happens when you die? You may remember one of the first Hill blogs called “The Big Hill.” There I highlighted a Newsweek article, which describes Dr. Sam Parnia’s attempt to look beyond death with forensic-type science. Can we see beyond death? Can we have assurance of what is beyond death?

As a Christian, we are told to think of our lives after death with joy! We are taught that our home is beyond this life and we are citizens of Heaven (Phil 3:20). We are taught that we will be resurrected in a resurrection like Christ’s (Romans 6:1-14). We are taught that we will be rewarded there (1 Cor 3:14, Heb 11:6). We are taught that there will be no tears, pain, or sorrow in Heaven (Rev 21:4). Death is not a bleak moment for us!

But what does the world think about life after death? They will face death too. Just think about this. Everyone you meet…EVERYONE…has thoughts about death and the life thereafter. Paul spoke bravely about Jesus’ resurrection. It was not popular then, and it is not popular now. But He told the Corinthians, “In FACT Christ has been raised.” What a statement! “In fact,” he says. It is true that Jesus rose from the dead.

Tell this to others! Tell this to unbelievers. Tell this to doubters. Tell this to everyone! “He is risen!” This is the worldview of life after death for every Christian.

For His Glory,
Nathan
nathan@ibc.org.hk
www.ibc.org.hk

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