“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
NOT VERY OFTEN–but VERY occasionally–a topic–which is USUALLY approached VERY cautiously–will be discussed FRANKLY.
And so it was that, not long ago, driving along on a sunny day, a car with its two passengers motored past a cemetery which featured a HUGE mausoleum on a hill by the roadside.
“That’s where Mrs. So-and-so is resting.”
“Well, I don’t think she is ‘resting,’ but that is where she was laid to rest.”
“Whatever. That’s where her body is.”
The conversation, which was entered into so easily, continued.
“I wonder why she chose that big, old building?”
“I don’t know, but she mentioned it several times, so she must have had her reasons. Maybe she thought it would be easy to get to for anyone who wanted to see her?”
“One of the great delusions of man, while he is living, is that people who didn’t visit him while he was alive will change their ways and visit his resting place AFTER he is dead.”
“I noticed that. Wonder why?”
“For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.”
“Maybe people want to believe that they are irresistible…that their friends will visit them after they have died because they can’t help themselves?”
“Maybe they think they are just too sweet to be forgotten?”
“There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.”
“I wonder why she felt the way she did? It’s not like she was out visiting the grave sites of her relatives.”
“How do you know that?”
“In all of the times it was talked about, she only mentioned visiting the grave of her husband’s mother ONCE. And that was it. No one else; no other times.”
And so, a frank discussion of death was ended, put to rest by other topics which were to be discussed on that fine, sunny day.
“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”
DOES the reader believe he will suddenly become popular once he dies?
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: June 6, 2022.]
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