What happens to us when we die? How do you hope in a world plagued by death? In the popular TV show “House,” the unconventional, slightly wacky Dr. House bluntly tells a patient, "You’re mortal, just a bag of cells. You’re waste with an expiration date.” This is actually the implication of an atheistic worldview, Alex Stark says. If God isn’t real, then death is the end. Some may say to this that, “I’m not here for a long time, but I’m here for a good time.” But the reality under this worldview is that living our best life now will ultimately be meaningless. Hear a different perspective on this in today’s Take Five, “Death: How to Hope.”
The fundamental story you believe about this universe will dictate how you experience the fact of death.
Unless we have a hope that transcends death, then even living your best life now will ultimately be meaningless.
The Christian story gives us a license to call death an enemy, so we’re free to grieve it. At the same time, it gives us a hope which tempers that grief, so we grieve with hope.
Make it Personal
How might you reframe “I’m not here for a long time, but I’m here for a good time” into terms that the Christian might espouse?
How do you hope in a world plagued by death?