If reincarnation is real I want to be a dog…
Necrophobia is the fear of death. According to Statistic Brain, 68% of Americans have this fear. America and the cinema are obsessed with it. Death is all around us. Movies like to depict what it will be like in the end of times. Terminator, I am Legend, Mad Max, or any of your classic zombie films all have this in common. There is a list of many more but you get the point.
Everyone wonders what happens to them when they die. Some think it all goes dark. You die and then it’s nothing. You just cease to exist. Others believe in reincarnation where you die and come back as something else depending on how you acted in your previous life. If this were true I would definitely hope to become a dog. Life would be so simple. Chase a ball and get pets. What more can you ask for?
But what does God say about death and dying? What does God promise us?
Revelation 21:1-7 promises us three things:
- We will be made new. (vs 1-3)
- We shall be fully happy. (vs 4)
- We will become the top one percent. (vs 5-7)
We will be made new
This one is exciting for me. The word new here isn’t talking about from scratch. Unfortunately, I’m not going to come out a foot taller and exceptionally handsome after I die. But rather, I will be made new. All my mistakes, all my regrets, and all my bad will be wiped away and replaced with a new me.
We shall be fully happy
Oftentimes we find our happiness from worldly possessions. I can attest to this. My family has nicknamed me Willy. Why you ask? Well, because I have the biggest sweet tooth you could ever imagine. There’s actually a specific story of running away from my mother while scarfing down the candy in my hand before she caught me. It’s a long story but basically I needed to lose weight for a powerlifting meet and I got caught casually eating seven or eight candy bars. My mom chased me and I ran while eating so I could finish them before she caught me. It’s sad but it’s true.
The point is I clearly find happiness from things of this world. But eventually that ends. I was overly happy when I was running from my mom and eating my candy. But, when she caught me my happiness was stripped from me.
When I buy new things it’s the same thing. I buy a new bike. For a week or two it’s shiny and exciting. For a week or two it brings me a lot of happiness every time I look at it. But, eventually it just becomes a bike. Nothing new and nothing special.
However, we are promised full happiness in Heaven. Revelation 21:4 says, “…There will be no more death, or mourning, or crying, or pain…” Happiness forever.
We will become the top one percent
Our culture has become obsessed with money, objects, and possessions. The more you have the better. The newer all of that stuff; just a cherry on top. I drive around in some of the neighborhoods in the town I live in and sometimes envy the mansions that I will never own. But I start to remember a promise right here in Revelation 21:6-7.
“He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”
I’m already filthy rich. When I die I inherit more than anyone’s money can buy. I inherit all that is good. I will be eternally near God. All of this for the huge price of (wait for it) nothing. The Bible says I will drink from the water of life for no cost.
Necrophobia is the fear of death. I am part of the 32 percent of people who have no fear of death. There are others too that I would assume are not Christian. Unfortunately those are the people that need to be scared most. Revelation 21:8 describes a place that I am lucky that I don’t have to fear when I die because of the cross and what Christ did for me and anyone who accepts Him.
I’ll conclude with this, “Adjectives that the world fears the most (orphaned, hopeless, condemned, dead) can never truthfully be said of the Christian.” (Austin Holcomb)
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