Who is doing anything about the problem of death?

Just came across this set of stats:

According to the 2007 U.S. Census Bureau on World Vital Events as a far as the number of deaths per year, there are 1.8 per second,  105 per minute, 6,306 hourly, 151,338 daily, 4,603,198 monthly and 55,238,376  deaths on a yearly basis.  (Source: Eric Chabot)

Wow.  That’s a lot of deaths.  Who is working on this problem?  Not scientists.  They are doing all they can to extend life but none of them has any legitimate hope of curing death like they cured polio.  Death is certain.  And final.

We can therefore be glad that the message of the Bible is that Jesus Christ has done something about death.  Something certain.  And final.  Everyone is going to heaven.  Let’s start living like it.  (The student with A’s on his report card looks forward to going home, while the student with D’s and F’s dreads the trip.  As long as there’s time, improve your grades!)



One Reply to “Who is doing anything about the problem of death?”

  1. To me, it is interesting to see that scientists who by nature only “believe” in faces they can see ‘are doing all they can to extend life’ as you rightly pointed out, Mike, however, if they can’t get a glimpse of the human face yet, they have seemingly no problems to extinguish life.

    Here I am not only referring to abortion since there physicians often see the face of the person whose life came to an end through their hands, no, I am also referring to more or less subtle kinds of putting humans to death.

    We could think, for example, of prescriptions of pills with abortifacient effect (even some birth control pills have such an effect quasi included) or we could think of IVF (in vitro fertilization) where more zygotes are “produced” than necessary, and, if not needed for artificial procreation, are “thrown away” later.

    For a scientist who does not believe in God, it is easier to play God himself by “creating” life and destroying it. But as Christians we should be careful here and, rather, not be involved in matters of that kind. Nonetheless, if someone finds himself or herself unknowingly in such a situation, we may know, though, that we have a God who rejoices with welcoming the repentant sinner. For it is written,

    “‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Lk 15:6-7 ESV)

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