I recently went to another funeral. A guy I know remarked, “I’ve been to too many of these lately.” I’m sure he has. My wife remarked that funerals have changed over time. They used to be somber events. Now, they are noisy with lots of people talking and laughing heartily.
There is also lots of talk about how so-and-so is better off and now in heaven with all the others who have passed before him/her.
Another funeral? That’s terrifying! Don’t people understand that at death comes judgment, either the lake of fire or the new heaven and earth? How can we be so confident that so-and-so passed the test?
Baptism – Saving Grace?
I’ve written about this before. So many church goers seem convinced that infant baptism is the golden ticket into the Promised Land. That, despite the life one leads. It doesn’t seem to matter what kind of scoundrel the person was, somebody wearing vestments will assure us that s/he is in heaven.
The bible is clear. No one sees the kingdom of God unless they are born again, not of the flesh, but of the Spirit. The born-agains are a real pain in the neck for most people. Why? Because they have been radically changed by God from the inside out.
They speak of things like repentance and abandoning the life they once led to follow Jesus. They have cut the lifeline to their old way of life and beg you do do the same.
In the eyes of the world, they are crazy.
Yes, another funeral with more people lying to themselves about the afterlife. Worse still, are the religious leaders who teach them lies. It makes me sick.
Luke 16:19-31 is the most vivid description Jesus gave of what happens after death. It’s terrifying. The man in anguish begged Abraham to send someone to warn his brothers. Here’s how it played out.
But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”
Why won’t we even consider that so-and-so laying there in the casket is having this discussion right now? Can we please talk about these things?