Brittany Maynard – 29. Lauren Hill – 22.
Just a couple of young vibrant persons, with a bad break in life with terminal cancer.
Brittany Maynard decided to end her life by assisted suicide. She was 29.
Lauren Hill. She is still alive. With inoperable cancer, a tumor, the size of a lemon on her brain, has just a few weeks to live.
Lauren Hill lived her dream of scoring a basket while playing basketball for her team. Very commendable because it takes courage and will power to overcome the obstacles to play a physically demanding sport.
There are many persons with terminal illnesses.
My sister had a terminal illness.
Spindle Cell Sarcoma.
She went home to be with the Lord on June 18, 2013. The day before my wedding anniversary.
Death is cruel. It cuts short lives that were meant to live. Some of us are bold enough to ask the right questions.
Why does man have to die?
If you look at all the books in the world, only one Book of books has the answer.
I understand that there are many agnostics who is a person who “believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God.”
In other words, sarcastically, this person chooses a “safe” position, just in case an agnostic happens to change their mind.
Everyone believes in something.
An agnostic believes that they are going to die.
Because everybody must go this way. The difference is that an agnostic doesn’t believe in the existence of God and an agnostic claims no disbelief in God. But agnostics know that they are going to die.
Where did death come from?
You see, avoiding the place where the answer is found is the agnostics avoidable defense.
The answer is in the Bible.
Atheists are a different brand.
An atheist is “a person who disbelieves or lacks belief in the existence of God or gods.”
Even atheists believe that they are going to die.
It’s amazing but not surprising that both camps will admit that death is inevitable. However, it’s stunning to realize that an agnostic and an atheist refuse to consider the only answer to these two questions.
So if a person has the capacity to believe, Who’d you think put it there?
Certainly not you.
Believing is an act of faith.
Agnostics and atheists wants indisputable fact or undeniable evidence. No guess work. No assumption.
Just the facts.
Just a side note.
It is my understanding that neither Brittany Maynard or Lauren Hill are agnostics or atheists. I could be wrong and I will be corrected should additional information becomes available. But for the rest of our readers, these two dangerous positions is a clear indication that is extremely risky.
The Bible is God’s Word given directly to man. The Bible gives us specific information about why we were created. Why man decided to become hostile to God and God’s remedy to save man from sin and death. What man has done over the years is reduced the power of God’s offer of salvation into a “worthless religion” while remaining in a sinful condition.
In other words, man wants to make his own rules about God while committing sin with impunity.
All you have to do is look at our justice system.
When a crime is committed, when that person is caught, they must pay a penalty.
Where did morals come from?
Morals came from God.
The judicial system gives us a glimpse of the fact that crimes committed requires justice.
Where does justice come from?
Justice came from God.
When a crime is committed and it goes unpunished, many people are outraged that crimes go unpunished. When a murder is committed, and the murderer goes free, there is outrage.
Who first said that murder is a crime?
God said it.
“You shall not murder.”
So if there is no God, or there is a disbelief of His existence, or you claim no disbelief or belief in God, then is murder permitted?
How do we know that murder is wrong?
We get that murder is wrong from God.
For you, you will still say that this still disproves or at the least, brings doubt about the existence of God.
Most look for God to step out on the stage and prove His existence to end all questions.
Even when Adam and Eve were in the Garden with God, they didn’t believe His Word. Even when Jesus walked the earth, having came from God, they didn’t believe His Word. Even with creation looking at us everyday and testifying by its existence, people today will refuse to believe.
Even with a thousand arguments from the Bible, people will refuse to believe. But these same people believe that believing in God is a waste of time. Yet, they all believe they are going to die. Then why fight illness? Why seek medical attention if you are in an accident? Why ask the doctor to help you?
According to the Scriptures (Genesis chapters 1, 2, and 3), death came into this world because of Adam’s transgression. Adam was told not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. satan, entered a subtle serpent, used the voice of that serpent, and beguiled Eve. Eve ate of that tree first and then Adam. Their eyes were opened. God searched for them. Adam and Eve confessed to their crime and God pronounced judgment upon them.
They must die.
However, God pronounced a remedy for man’s sin. The Lord God would send His Son with sinless blood, to live a perfect life, be betrayed by one of His disciples, be crucified, and be raised from the dead on the third day. God would give man one life to live but within that timeframe, he must repent of sin, ask God for forgiveness, and be born again.
We are not allowed any second chances.
After we die, the deal is sealed.
Many think that this is not fair.
In Ezekiel, the children of Israel told God that it was not fair (see Ezekiel 18). But look at the Scriptures for yourselves.
“Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ Hear now, O house of Israel, is it not My way which is fair, and your ways which are not fair? When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and dies in it, it is because of the iniquity which he has done that he dies.
Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves himself alive. Because he considers and turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair, and your ways which are not fair?”
That’s the problem with agnostics and atheists, and unbelievers that believe in the existence of God.
They all believe that their way is fair and God’s way is unfair.
It’s fair to live in sin and be hostile towards God. It’s fair to live in sin and do as we please and be allowed to live forever in sin.
No, it’s not fair.
We were not created by God to do as we please but to do as He please. It’s our ways that is unfair, unjust, and unrighteous.
But through it all, God gave us mercy and grace. He sent His Son to die for our sins so that we can live for His pleasure.
The death of one and inevitably, the death of the other is unfortunate. However, Jesus is the only Way out of death.
Hebrews 9:27 says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, after this the judgment.”
If death is true on one hand, judgment is true on the other.
If we know that we will not avoid death, what makes us think that we will avoid the judgment?
If you have a terminal illness, make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life. Repent of your sins and ask the Lord to have mercy on you and forgive your sins.
The first thing that I did was make sure that my sister repented of sin and is a child of God. It made no sense going the way of all the earth, we cry and not find her there before the Lord. If you still have doubts about the existence of God, look up at the stars in the sky. Look at the sun and the moon. Look at the birds and the trees. Look at the mountains and the clouds. Look at yourself in the mirror.
Do you want proof of God’s existence?
Look at this list.
You still don’t believe?
Just look at your watch. The clock is ticking. Depending upon your fate, some of us may not have much time. Death happens to us all. No one escapes death.
Why risk it because of your belief that there is no God?
If it is a risk that you are willing to take and accept, there is no amount of preaching that will help you, but I pray you change your mind and reconsider.