When he reached the age of 70, historian Will Durant said, "To live forever would be the greatest curse imaginable."
Will we live forever? The answer is "yes" and "no." Will our bodies live forever? No. Will our bodies cease to exist at one point? Absolutely. But the soul is immortal. Each one of us has a soul. It is the soul that gives each of us uniqueness and personality. . .and that part of us that will live forever.
Today, many people are searching for immortality, that elusive fountain of youth. Sometimes, it's hard for us to accept the fact that life is passing and death is approaching. One day, you will wake up and realize you have more life behind you than you have in front of you. But the question we should be asking is not, "Can I find immortality?" Rather, it should be, "Where will I spend my immortality?"
If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ and have asked Him to forgive you of your sin, the Bible teaches that you will go immediately into the presence of God in heaven when you die. That is God's promise to you.
But God not only promises life beyond the grave. He also promises life during life, not just an existence, but a life that's worth living. Jesus said, "My purpose is to give life in all its fullness" (John 10:10 NLT).
In Romans 5:17, the apostle Paul declares: "For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ" (NIV).
Reign in life! No matter what our circumstances, we are sons and daughters of the great King. He will watch over us through our days on earth, and take us home to be with Him when this brief life is over. That's the hope and promise for all Christians. And that's why the believer does not have to be afraid to die. . .or afraid to live.
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