I heard Paul Simon’s new song “The Afterlife” on the radio yesturday. I liked it. When I heard the name of the album, I was reminded of the truth I purport to know. And running the risk of oversimplification, here is part of it: People will finally rest in only one of two camps. When considering the question of God, either they will say, “So Beautiful” or, “So What”. But let ther be no mistake, there is evidence to convince us of “So Beautiful”. It requires an open heart, and a search for something called (for lack of a better word) – Truth!
“Not too crazy about dying” and pissed off about it…
In considering Pauls interview with Brian Williams, his comment about death, being the obnoxious inevitability, should not be taken lightly. The bible teaches – it’s totally un-natural and it is the last enemy God will overcome.
Paul, you might want to know, there is an understanding of the afterlife full of hope not so bleak. The Apostle Paul understood, “For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live. Phil 1:21-24 (NLT)
“Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.” 2 Cor 5:6-8 (NASB)
Of course Apostle Paul had faith – a faith anyone can have through a true knowledge of Christ and what he accomplished on the cross. God asks us all for a simple response to His offer of the free gift of salvation – eternal life with Him. God says we need His mercy. I hope you’ve asked Him for it!