Monday, April 6, 2015

Billy Graham: Life After Death

Dear Dr. Graham: The other day, I bought one of those sensational newspapers you get at the supermarket. It had a story about someone who claimed they died and then came back to life, and they said this finally proves there really is life after death. Is this right? — Mrs. V. McF.
Wait... She read a tabloid newspaper and is seriously reflecting on the veracity of it's claims? Sure, Mrs McF already believes the (unbelievable) Bible, but this is taking things a bit far, don't you think!?
Dear Mrs. V. McF: Such stories surface from time to time, but they can’t be confirmed, and even if they could be, they wouldn’t prove there is life after death. Nor would they give us any reliable data about what life is like after we die.
Huh... Its odd to hear that coming from Billy, but he's correct. One person making claims that aren't confirmed proves nothing. Also, science already has a pretty good explanation for these claimed experiences.
Only one event confirms beyond all doubt that there is life after death...
 Dionysus? Persephone? Osiris?  Odin? Ganesha? Lemminkainen? Tammuz? Attis? Adodis? One of the several other deities that are said to have died and come back to life?
...the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
I thought Billy discounted the tabloid story due to it's claims not being verified? So why the double standard with Jesus? Maybe Billy wasn't paying attention, but the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus hasn't been verified by any stretch of the imagination. Christianity has exactly what the tabloid has... just a story and nothing more.
Death is our final enemy, and it came into the world because of sin.
Death may not be fun, but I wouldn't say that it is an enemy. Enemies can be overcome, but death is an unfortunate and inevitable necessity.
Sin is rebellion against God, and when that rebellion first took place, death followed in its wake. Since then, all creation has been enslaved by death. As the Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
So according to Billy there was no death before sin? If that's supposed to be the case, it makes God look like one hell of an idiot! Does that include animals that eat one another? If so, how does that work without death? Even if we are to assume that everything was a vegetarian before sin, there is still a huge problem. Reproduction.

If there is no death, all living things would be reproducing and reproducing without death keeping the numbers if check generation to generation. That would lead to animal and human populations skyrocketing exponentially. It wouldn't take long for things to get very crowded. But overpopulation would raise more that a real estate problem. There's also the issue of resources being stretch thinner and thinner until ultimately reaching depletion. So once there's no food left, how exactly do they not die? Or are we supposed to believe in the starving immortal?

-Brain Hulk

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