Humanists can face death bravely, joining billions of mortals who have endured loss and hardship throughout history. And all without the army of experts on whom our culture now depends to get us through difficulties.
But do not be deceived. Humanists can only glory in the person’s memory, nothing more. Of course, they boast of THAT, what they can do. They never mention what they can’t! Of course, they dismiss what they CAN’T as irrelevant, but that only masks their refusal to face embarrassing questions about the after-life.
Shakespeare had a more Biblical view. In Henry VI he had the Duke of Gloucester say, “My lord, ‘tis but a base, ignoble mind That mounts no higher than a bird can soar” A2 S1 Ll13-14. And ‘tis but an ignoble mind that soars no higher than this world’s concerns. For it can never affirmatively hope for Resurrection beyond death.
William Ernest Henley wrote the poem Invictus, in which he gloried in his unconquerable will. The poem seethed with human arrogance. “I thank whatever gods may be...” he wrote in the first stanza. Whatever gods may be? As if the Living, Eternal God doesn’t exist!
“Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade....,” he wrote in the third. The “horror of the shade?” As if only despair lurked beyond the grave?
Trust no one, including yourself, who at the end leaves you staring into the dark....when Jesus Christ has brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel!
Trust no one, including yourself, who at the end leaves you NOWHERE when you GET THERE....when Jesus Christ promises to conduct every believer into God’s Personal Presence in the New Jerusalem where infinite Joys await! Fini
Alabama football coach Bear Bryant closed his career in December, 1982, by winning the Liberty Bowl. When a reporter at a news conference before the game asked what he would do differently in his life, Bryant replied, “First off, I wish I could have been a better Christians.”
In that response Bear Bryant proved himself aware of the Christian’s most powerful hope: resurrection of the body changed and fit for God’s new world. Not just hope for immortality of the spirit—which even Greek philosophy allowed—but for a new resurrected body—which Greek philosophy denied.
The ages-old question, then, isn’t merely, “If we die, shall we live again?” But, “If we rise from the dead, shall we be different from what we now know?”
Yes, Yes, Yes!
In a Gunsmoke TV show, Actor jack Albertson played Danny, whose terminal heart disease would soon kill him. He conspired to defraud Scott Brady, who played a greedy saloon keeper who had hired men to kill Matt Dillon. At the end of the show Brady killed Danny and was arrested.
Indiana, an alcoholic played by Vito Scotti, and a friend of Danny’s, came upon the scene with Danny dead in the street. As Indiana neared he began shouting, “Danny Wilson, where are you? Danny Wilson, where are you?”
Kneeling at the corpse Doc Adams, turned and said to Kitty, “That’s the most relevant question I’ve ever heard.” And he was right. For it’s really the ultimate question facing every human. WHERE ARE WE after we take our last breath and the next person we see is God Almighty on his throne, with Jesus Christ sitting at his right hand? End Part I