Life is eternal but…
October 24, 2013
…you have to die first. What?! That doesn’t really make any sense, does it? Jesus actually said, “whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” (John 11:12) And again, “If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.” (John 8:51)
There’s a principle called Occam’s Razor which states that the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions should be selected: in essence, pick the simplest answer.
The simplest answer here is that Jesus meant what he said. Just because it appears that everybody dies let’s not assume that Jesus was kidding.
The Master gave some very clear instructions: 1) live and believe in me and 2) keep my saying. If we’re seeing death, if we’re dying, maybe we need to do a better job of obeying those instructions. Maybe we need to stop judging the veracity of his words by whether or not they fit our viewpoint. Maybe we just need to do what he said. All the way, all the time.
- Love your neighbor as yourself
- Cast the beam out of your own eye
- Be reconciled to your brother
- Seek God’s righteousness first
- Don’t worry about food or clothing
- Savor the things of God, rather than the things of men
- Go and do thou likewise
- Heal the sick
- Raise the dead
These are just a few of the things he directed us to do. And then he said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
Let’s not make the words convenient for our lifestyles. Let’s live the message so clearly that we can say with him, “Life is eternal.” And know why.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.