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Life after Death

The question of the ages was posed by Job when he asked, “But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?” (Job 14:10)

The answer to that question, I believe, is that man lives on after death. Why do I believe in life after death?

1. I believe it instinctively. A well-known atheist in France honestly confessed a deep-seated urge within himself. “I have in myself a great need of permanence,” he said. “I mean a need of believing that there are products not subject to decay and degradation, works on which temporal changes have no influence.” I have that need—don’t you?

2. I believe it from observation. The gaily colored leaves fall so gently to the earth in the autumn not to be destroyed but to be embraced by nature for future use. The falling leaves are a reminder that winter will soon be here to lull the earth into deep sleep. The ice and snow come and it appears that death is the victor. Then just when you are sure death is supreme, new life and color, fragrance and beauty come to all the earth. It is the resurrection of spring. Man has looked at that and wondered—could it be with men as it is with trees, flowers, and grass?

3. I believe in it because of reason. Wernher von Braun, America’s great space scientist, said that he believed in “the continuity of our spiritual existence after death” for essentially scientific reasons. He wrote, “Science has found that nothing can disappear without a trace. Nature does not know extinction. All it knows is transformation. Now if God applies this fundamental principle to the most minute and insignificant parts of his universe, doesn’t it make sense to assume that he applies it also to the masterpiece of his creation—the human soul? I think it does.”

4. I believe in it because of the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus said, “Because I live, you shall live also.”

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Today's Devotional

Applied Christianity

I once talked with a man who was convinced that Christianity was a failure. His conclusion was based on the fact that while our cities are full of churches and preachers, our world is getting worse and worse.

If you think about this criticism, you must agree that there is much religion in America that has little effect on the daily lives of people. While the number of church members may grow each year, so does lawlessness and immorality. But does this mean that Christianity is a failure? No. At the close of World War I a soap manufacturer, walking down the street with his pastor, was bemoaning the “failure” of Christianity. He said to his pastor, “After 19 centuries of preaching and teaching Christ, there is still so much evil in the world. I don’t see how you can go on preaching the Gospel.” 

“I don’t see how you can go on manufacturing soap,” retorted the pastor. “Look at the little urchin playing in the gutter. Neck and ears filthy. There’s still so much dirt in the world. Soap is such a failure.”

“But,” countered the soap manufacturer, “If people will just apply the soap, they’ll be clean.”

“Yes,” concluded the pastor, “and if men will but apply Christ to their daily living, they will also be clean.” 

The evil of today’s world is not due to Christianity’s failure, but to our failure to apply our Christianity. As writer G.K. Chesterton said, "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and not tried."

Attend church Sunday, listen to God’s word, then apply it to your daily life and you and the world will both be better because of it.

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