P.J. O’ROURKE, Rolling Stone, Nov. 1989
My first blog in this series was called “Rumor or Truth” in which I used a Will Rogers quote. Today I have chosen the quote above by another political satirist, P. J. O’Rourke, a man with quite a different world view than mine. He also said that you have one basic human right, the right to do as you please, and one responsibility, take the consequence of your choice (my paraphrase).
Today I am going to tackle a follow-up from a promise I made in “Death Happens.” My posts regarding death are written from the world view of a Christian, one who is a follower of Jesus Christ. (This blog is a follow-up from Rumor or Truth, Death Happens, and I’m Glad I Did Not Die.) I admit arguments based on the Bible may be cast aside by those who do not see the Bible as absolute Truth, the Word of God. I told you up front that a lot of my opinion is based on faith; however there is a considerable amount of evidence to go along with it. So what do I say about death to those who do not believe in Jesus as the Way – the route to eternal life with him in heaven? Just this:
You are alive, a situation caused by no will of your own.
You will die, a situation caused by no will of your own.
Whether you have free will, is not caused by any will of your own.
Whether you have a spirit that will live forever, is not caused by any will of your own.
Whether there are two places, heaven or hell, is not caused by any will of your own.
Whether this is all “fair” is not caused by any will of your own.
Whether it is all hogwash is not caused by any will of your own.
Whether you play the cards you are dealt, and make a rational decision about your options, is caused by will of your own.
And I end with one word of wisdom: Consider.
Coming Up! Would a loving God send innocents to hell? Join me for my argument after a few days of lighter reading to give me a running jump on a hard question. Some might need more than one day to “consider” this blog! And I might need more than one day to consider: “Innocents in hell, never!”