Earthly mindedness

Published 1:41 pm Friday, February 4, 2011

As part of fallen nature inherited from Adam and Eve, all mankind is plagued with endemic “earthly mindedness.”

Locked into that perspective man “call their lands after their own names” (Psalms 49:11) as though their days here on earth will never end.

Of course, we all intellectually recognize that our time on earth is temporary, but we still think and act as though it were not. Now wonder Moses wrote, “So teach us to number out days,” to truly understand their brevity “that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” (Psalms 90:12). Our time here is short.

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Death is a fate that we all imagine we will somehow avoid, at least for quite a while until some serious illness or accident strikes without warning as a shocking wake-up call. In fact, no matter how healthy one may seem at the moment, death is always only a breath away. The very fact that this is an unpleasant subject we don’t like to think or talk about proves Moses right. We need God’s help through his word to fit our few days into an eternal perspective.

Solomon, with his wisdom, said, “It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting, for that is the end of all men, and the living will lay it to his heart” (Ecclesiastes 7:2). We cannot bear, for ourselves or for others, to dwell upon the fact that death inevitably puts its terminating stamp upon every earthly passion, position, possession and ambition.

He lives as a fool who forgets the solemn reminders that Scripture gives of the brevity of this life.

“Death in ten-thousand shapes hangs ever over our heads, and no man can elude him,” said Homers eighth century B.C.

In one of Christ’s parables, a rich man’s fields yielded so abundantly that he told himself, “I have no room where to bestow my fruits. I will pull down my barns, and build greater, and I will say to my soul thou has much goods laid up for many years. Take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry. But God said, thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee. Then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (St. Luke 12:16-21).

The brevity of life is not the most serious consequence of death. More sobering still is what the Bible warns will follow, “After this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

For us as Christians, death has lost its sting because of Christ’s death and resurrection on our behalf. Yet who can say that he or she has always lived in a way that would give one confidence to face the judgment seat of Christ without any regrets on shame and only with joy: I’m sure there will be tears of deep sorrow and remorse on that day.

He is our creator to when we must give an account of what we have done with the brief life that he has committed to our use.

Atheists try to convince themselves and others that “when you die” that is the end of all sensation. Yet the universal and overpowering conviction has persisted in every culture since the dawn of time that death does not end human existence. The fact that man is a spiritual being who survives the death of the body in which he temporarily lives on earth is a basic human instinct that can be denied only with great effort. Moreover, even apart from the scripture, the scientific validity of this universal belief is easily proved.

It is undeniable that our minds can hold intangible ideas such as truth or justice or grace. We understand and apply many of similar nonphysical concepts daily.

In fact, all thoughts are nonphysical. No thought of any kind has any spatial location or any physical substance. The whole conclusion of this matter is inescapable; man is a nonphysical being living in a temporary, physical body. Not his brain but man himself is the originator and guardian of his thoughts. As we do not wait for the brain to tell us what it wants to do. We the person of soul and spirit living within our body, initiate our thoughts.

Though death separates man from the house he has inhabited on this earth, the spirit and soul, which are his real self, so and cannot cease to exist.

Each soul we meet is an eternal being who will never cease to exist, but will either enjoy eternal bliss in God’s presence or eternal torment, the choice is there’s and ours. God has given us the way for us to be with him it’s in his word the Bible “King James Version.” It tells us in (Ephesians 4:5) “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism. The Apostle Peter on the day of Pentecost to all those that were present, to repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). Every one must obey.