All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
1 Colossians 15-16
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
1 Peter 2:9
Welcome back! This is the fifth, and final article in our series "What Is Everything Made Of?". If you've never read the Bible or don't understand science too well, then this series might be just what you needed to break the ice! If you are joining us for the first time, you are encouraged start with Part I of this series.
In Part IV, we demonstrated that in the past 100 years, the human race has reached unprecedented advances in science and technology. Ultimately, this has allowed us to understand what we and the rest of the universe are made of and why we are here.
Why is this important to understand?
At some point in your life, you will experience some form of a personal tragedy. The death of a loved one. Being forced to flee your home country for safety from persecution. Losing your job. Going through a divorce. Being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Losing everything you spent your whole life working for. Whatever it may be, no matter how much you try to protect and prepare yourself, hard times will come, and usually when you least expect it. When these tragedies strike, it usually leaves the person feeling vulnerable, shaken and looking for answers. Some find comfort in substance abuse, depression, or get involved with risky behaviour that could put that person's life or the people around them in danger. These attitudes are usually associated with people who feel lost, lonely with no one to turn to for help. Some people end their lives on their own, thinking their pain and suffering will be over.
Well, before we go any further, let's make a few things clear about the subject of death. In this reality that we all live in, there is no such thing as being "dead", where "you" as a person totally stop existing and are permanently incapable of being conscious of anything ever again. What we call "death" today is what the Bible calls a "temporary state of existance" or sleep.
Everyone that has died will come back to life and spend eternity in a physical body in one of two places; the restored earth and heaven or the lake of fire. The restored earth and heaven will be the home for all those who ever lived that made an effort to change their lives for the better and kept their word through good and bad. Even if they died trying, as long as they believed in Jesus Christ some way, some how, they will get a second chance at a better life.
If you are reading this today, and you are a "born again" Christian, there is the very real possibility that by the close of this current "generation", you will not experience death as you know it. lnstead, you will be transformed into a new person with a new body that will never get sick or die from natural causes!
Now then, if you know that you stand a chance to be exempt from dying physical death, by getting sick or from an accident, there should no longer be any reason to allow fear or stress to control your life! Without Jesus and his faith-based system in your life, you live in constant fear because you have no way to allow your mind to get rid of the stress that causes your body to wear itself down. This is why people eventually get sick and eventually die; lack of faith or belief! They end up doing themselves in, by living life in constant fear and uncertainty.
They never know if they'll have enough of whatever it is they think they need to get by, make their ends meet and feel happy in life. Instead of allowing God to control their lives, they take matters in their own hands, trading one set of worries for another, and it never ends, till the day they end up getting sick and dying. There is no shortage of worries that do nothing but reduce the years and quality of life from good people.
Living by faith is not as hard as you think. It may take a little while to get used to, but once you start seeing the positive changes in your life, you will never want to go back to living the way you did before! Not too many people catch on to the "not dying" part, but once you do, you can slowly begin to rebuild your life with greater purpose and meaning!
You think this idea sounds crazy? Does the idea of not dying sound like an impossible dream? Is it too good to be true?
Well, let's first look at some important facts that will give you something to think about. Then you can decide for yourself whether it's time you changed your mind and habits about life and death.
The science that says we are immortal and can live forever, comes from the same science that is used to create medicines that save lives, send people to the moon and back, genetically modify the food that you eat, keep track of your financial affairs, create the technology that you depend upon for survival every day, and so many other things that we take for granted each day.
Just take a look at some of these headlines in recent science news:
- How to achieve 'biological immortality' naturally
- Cell out? Successful embryo stem cell cloning draws moral fire
- Scientists have invented a mind reading machine that visualises your thoughts
- Microsoft plans on storing its data on DNA in the next 3 years
- Russian billionaire Dmitry Itskov seeks 'immortality' by uploading his brain to a computer
As you can see from these articles, medical science has come a long way. Scientists today can essentially clone (make a copy of) a human being and record its thoughts onto a computer, so it can see on a computer screen images and video of what he sees through its eyes or though its thoughts and dreams. Viruses, diseases, cancer, depression, Alzheimer's, you name it. Any disease of the body or mind can be "cured" with a software program uploaded to your brain! No more pils, surgery or therapy required!
I want you to think about that for a minute. If you have enough money, you'll be able to pay a clinic to fix you up for good! You might have to go for regular service updates, but essentially, you'll get to have the body you always wanted, plus live your life without fear of death or sickness!
The idea of humans being immortal is nothing new. The Bible is very clear on the subject of immortality. God is immortal, and so are you, simply because you and I were made in his image. Immortality is in our genes! God did not use technology to become what he is. He simply believed in himself and in the other members that make up the Holy Trinity, to do their part in their great and wonderful plan for the universe, our home and your part in it!
That's right! You were created to be like your creator! You were created to live a peaceful life, with no stress, and to be prosperous and happy. This was the life that Adam and Eve once had. The struggles and hardships we all face, including working to death is part of the curse we all inherited when Adam and Eve disobeyed God's plan for survival in his world. You wouldn't play a game without first leaning the rules, or how it's played. You wouldn't take apart an engine or change a part on your car without first consulting some kind of manual.
It's the same with your body, life and the Bible. You were made with care and are designed to function in perfect harmony with your environment. You can't drive a car for long without putting in gas. When driven for a long time, oil, brakes, tires, filters and spark plugs need to be changed, otherwise the car will not drive well and will wear down much sooner than needed. In this world, if you want to get the best out of your body and life, you need to read the Bible, and learn to live a faith-based life. It is the only way to find and keep true freedom and happiness!
So now, you must make a choice! Science and man's ingenuity or the Bible and living by faith as a born again Christian. You can live by trial and error in man's world, or with the assurance that every step you take will be covered by God's grace and love for you.
Of course, you are free to do your own research, and spend years of your life looking for the answers to living a better life. You can find out the hard way that leaving the Bible out of your life is like committing spiritual suicide, or you can put your pride aside, pick up a King James Version of the Bible and begin reading for yourself. If you're not sure what to read or where to start try reading the first chater of the Book of John in the New Testament and the first chapter of the Book of Revelation. You'll be guaranteed a blessing from doing this! It says so right there in Revelation 1:3.
As always, you can always pray for guidance, or reach out to us here at TNG Christians. Paul and I are always available and ready to answer any questions you may have. Neither of us are going away anytime soon, and we look forward to welcoming you into God's Royal Family for all eternity!