As someone in the immediate family was nearing their last breaths on earth, a sentiment was heard which is likely to be expressed at such times.
“Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.”
Fighting off the impulse to ask, “What does that even mean?”, it was instead resolved to do a little research on where this odd thought originated.
It appears that the original thought came from a fellow named Robert Kiyosaki and was THEN used as a source for a couple of songs.
The first song was released by Kenny Chesney in 2008 and reached Number One on the country music charts.
A few years later, blues musician Albert King did a song with the same name (but different lyrics) in 2011.
A little bit of meditating revealed a few more bits of information.
1- First, a question: “Is this the ultimate dividing line between believer and UNbeliever?”
IF anyone is prepared to take that final step into the unknown that is life after death, it has to be the believer. The believer KNOWS that what comes after this short, present life is a PROMOTION to a better life FOREVER–and the truth of God’s Word serves as PROOF.
The UNbeliever, on the other hand, knows of NO such assurance. The UNbeliever has only the stories he has been told from an early age, and (as those stories long ago started showing signs of wear) those stories are of little comfort when one is about to take a step into the great unknown.
So, basically, the thought, Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die, is a thought most likely to be expressed by the UNbeliever, NOT the believer.
2- As the GREAT majority of men are UNbelievers, the notion focuses one’s attention on a most vulnerable time for all those who busy themselves talking the BIG TALK when life seemed settled.
3- As the GREAT majority of men are UNbelievers, the thought focuses on the uncertainty which dogs the UNbeliever’s steps as he prepares to leave this life (with all that he has been told and lives by) and all that he knows by his senses.
“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”
WHY does the reader suppose that most men are hesitant to die?
It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: 13, 2022.]
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