“You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; but it is the scriptures which point to me! Yet you refuse to come and have eternal life.” (John 5:39-40)
It is incredible that mankind will do anything to escape death. Yet it is not altogether unreasonable, either. After all, death is number one on the list of human fears across-the-board, not unique to any demographic. Furthermore, it is inescapable that man has a 100% mortality rate.
So it is not surprising that anyone would want to cheat death and avoid it at all costs. No, what is surprising is that so many people are determined to avoid the one way in which it is possible to do so.
The Bible tells us that “anyone who believes in Jesus Christ will have eternal life” (John 3:15). Jesus goes so far as to clarify this for us in the simplest of terms: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Yet there are many who simply refuse to accept this. Why? All God is saying is to put your faith in Jesus and to let Him take care of things.
But no. People would rather swear up and down that they’re in control of their own lives, that all paths lead to heaven, or that heaven (and God) don’t even exist.
Others will scoff at the practice of prayer, and then consult a horoscope or a palm-reader. Still others believe that when you die, you come into life anew, either better or worse off, based on how you lived your previous life (yet without any knowledge of this previous life, and therefore a complete possibility of remaking the same mistakes which set you “worse off” in the first place).
There are many different religions, many different theories as to the afterlife, and many different ways to live your life here and now. Who can say which one is true or which is best?
There is a guy who lived long ago, who did incredible things that no one else could do, who made incredible claims that no one else could make, and ultimately died because of his unshakable belief that he was the son of God. He predicted his death, and then he proclaimed that he would rise from the tomb thereafter. And he did.
It seems to me that this guy knows something. His advice just might be worth taking. After all, what have you got to lose? It’s only a life.