Hope Springs Eternally
Most people sense, believe, or want to believe that there is more to life than just the years we are granted here on Earth. This isn’t something new that came into being with the advance of Christianity, or any other religions. The examples come from as far back as some of the first know examples of humanoid life forms.
Earliest known burials show that the people didn’t leave loved ones out on the ground nor did they unceremoniously use a nearby hole. The grave was carefully done and the body was carefully placed in a comfortable repose.
One ancient grave, in what is now Iraq, was not only carefully done, but pockets of pollen were found on or around the body. Such pockets of pollen would indicate that flowers were placed in the grave before it was filled. (Not surprisingly, from my viewpoint, there are scholars who deny this, saying that pollen can accumulate randomly).
The point is, the majority of examples throughout history prove that people inherently believe in life following death. God has planted hope in human hearts. Christian faith, in both the New and Old Testaments affirms this promise of eternal life for all who follow Jesus’ Way.
God’s promise, revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus, gives us hope in eternal life, canceling the power that fear of death that holds so many down. This sets us free from the fear of death
Having faced serious illness and being near death at one point gives me some credibility in saying that this huge promise creates great confidenc—not just for the future, but for every day. We can live each day to its limit without fearing the end—because it’s not the end, but a new beginning.
God has delivered me from going down to the pit,
and I shall live to enjoy the light of life. Job 33:28