DEATH, the final reconciler of a life lived either for or against God.
The fact of death separates us out from divinity, eternal. We have nothing that compares nor comprehends the fact that we will die; we will all die. We will pass from this life. Even if we didn’t believe in eternity, heaven or the afterlife, we must surely agree that this life is fleeting — it comes and then it goes, as if a candle’s flame whisked away by the wind.
Consider this poem, drawn, in some part, from Psalms 14 and 53:
The fool says “There is no God,”
They do wickedness and fear no rod,
Yet their ailing bones find it true,
Like we all find; their lives they rue.
Life after life is the end of life’s show,
When we have no say over where we go,
The very fact of death proves the Lord,
To refuse God is something we cannot afford.
We have no say over the time and way of our deaths, yet there is a force postulated that possibly knows already all those facts and more.
We might have a great deal to say about what we think, say and do beforehand, but there is a day coming where all that will end.
Death is the final answer to the atheist. No longer will life be an instrument of rebellion against God. At death everything is at conjecture. Nothing can be expected. Death is both certain and uncertain: it will certainly happen, ending our ‘control’ over this life; and, it is absolutely uncertain, in that what happens then is totally unpredictable.
Who would be the fool to discount the existence of God given they, like all of us, are destined for such a certain uncertainty? Of course, we Christians believe upon Scripture, and we believe in something glorious, which actually gives our lives purpose and meaning in this life, and a transcendent hope for the next.
The fact of death is an eventuality. We live. We die.
Death is something of a proof for God, and our need of such an eternal Lord.
To the atheist: Because death is absolutely certain and the nature of life after death is absolutely uncertain it pays, at the least, to keep an open mind. Could your inevitable death be the one indicator you need to acknowledge?
Our lives are controlled externally — at least the length and quality of our lives. Has to make us think, doesn’t it?
© 2015 Steve Wickham.