Friday, September 30, 2011

Our Default Setting is Life

Life is our default setting.

That is surprising since “The only sure things in life are death and taxes.” We could die within the next 20 years, 5 months, or “today.” ( “To Die” as the Aussies would say.) The death rate is 100%. So it’s remarkable that though death is certain, we don’t usually fret about it.

It is true that some commit suicide. This is due to a loss of hope. They see no way out. Death (and whatever goes with it) seems preferable to life. But this is the exception and not the rule. Yesterday someone told me he had ‘attempted suicide.’ I believe him. But he was still alive to tell me about it. That tells me that the desire to live outweighed the desire to end it all.

Catastrophic circumstances or the death of a loved one, and countless other things, make us think of death. We shudder hearing how someone died, but then an ice cream cone or a favorite song gets us back on the groove of life. We quit worrying.

This God-given sense, enables us to live as if death does not exist.

This tendency to block out something that is inevitable is an evidence of the permanence of life. God’s nature is permanent life. Jesus said, “I am the Life."1 John wrote, “He who has the Son has the Life."2  The overwhelming sense we have is to live today, to make plans for tomorrow, and to hold onto hopes for ‘down the road.’

Paul wrote to the Corinthian Christians, “If the dead are not raised, ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.’"3 If we have no hope of living, then we might as well pursue our desires here and now, today! But we don’t eat and drink because we fear death. We do it because we want to live. The default setting is life.

1 - John 14:6
2 - 1 John 5:12
3 - 1 Corinthians 15:32

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Quotes of Note ... The Invisible World

“Spiritual warfare is learning to recognize the strategies, refusing to cooperate with them, and aggressively cutting off the schemes of the devil in Jesus’ name.” Dean Sherman

“those who protest that God cannot exist because there is too much evil evident in life… Evil exists; therefore, the Creator does not. That is categorically stated… If evil exists, one must assume that good exists in order to know the difference. If good exists, one must assume that a moral law exists by which to measure good and evil. But if a moral law exists, must not one posit an ultimate source of moral law, or at least an objective basis for a moral law? By an objective basis, I mean something that is transcendingly true at all times, regardless of whether I believed it or not.” Ravi Zacharias

“But the Devil is no big threat to God’s purposes; he is not even remotely comparable in power. He has been given a limited time before his final judgment to try to prove his case, just as all other moral beings who have chosen to live in rebellion against heaven.” W.A. Pratney

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