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  #134 New May 3rd, 2019 08:54 PM
This morning, my wife and I attended the funeral of the mother of one of our friends at church. These are becoming more frequent as we are not young anymore, and that means that any surviving parents are well past 70. Our parents have all long since passed away, beginning with my Dad in 1993. I still keep thinking that one day I will pick up the phone and hear: "Hi Dale, this is Pop" on the other end.

The mother knew that the end was coming, and did a fair amount of advance planning. One of the songs that she picked out was "It Is Well With My Soul", which is also one of my favorites, and which I would like to be sung at my funeral. That is one song that has helped me get through the past 43 years of pain (May 23rd marks 43 years), and I have it on my computers and listen to it probably at least once a week, if not more.

I understand that many on the board have a dim view, if any, of religion, and that is their affair. Going through Scripture, Christians are never pictured as the majority. If you do not believe that, then I would suggest that you actually read the entire Old and New Testaments, preferably in a reasonably good translation such as the New International Version or the English Standard Version that is being used for our Men's Bible Study in Hebrews. While in seminary, I had several professors who had worked on the initial translation of the NIV. I would suggest reading the Psalms in the King James Version however, as that is the one that to me does the Psalms justice. I have read through the Psalms several times over the past 43 years as well.

I doubt that many, if any, beyond Marc will look at this, but then, a blog is not so much for other people, but to express what I am feeling. It used to be called a diary.

As for those who have little use for religion, I do have one question.

Are you absolutely, positively 100% certain that you know what will happen to you when you die?
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#4 August 7th, 2019 01:02 PM
In order. I am sorry to hear of your loss. I know this pain too, take care. I have read the Torah/Bible as well as bits of the Quran and the Indian myths which is why I don't believe in such things. It's not a case so much as not know as not care. Once I switch off and my consciousness evaporates I'll be done is the best bet for me, it keeps me grounded in this world, caring about these people, this planet of mine not looking for an out that may or may not exist. This way if there is something, maybe lucky me, either way I am secure in my understanding that one day I will be dead and gone. This to me is the win-win of Pascal's Wager. Not disappointed.
#3 May 11th, 2019 03:17 AM
SpaceBadger Says:
Well, I didn't realize that my rather extensive comments about "being 100% sure what happens after we die" was going to disappear into the Ether (or the bitbucket), or I would've copied out that text and made it a PM or email instead, because I was looking forward to discussing it with you and learning your views on the subject. :-)
#2 May 6th, 2019 08:50 PM
SpaceBadger Says:
[Continued from previous comment...] (sorry if I didn't remember that all exactly right, I don't read those books often, much prefer the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles). That suggests to me that nothing happens immediately after death, but our bodies just lie in their graves until called by Christ in the Last Days. But that's not what I believe; I've had visits from my deceased youngest son, telling me that his soul is in Heaven and happy. Of course any non-believer will dismiss that as a hopeful, optimistic delusion, but it's what I believed before he died, and his visits are confirmation as far as I am concerned. (And yes, there are green pastures!)
#1 May 6th, 2019 08:48 PM
SpaceBadger Says:
Dale, I have faith that my soul is saved by having accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, having repented my sins, and by continually repenting and trying to do what is right on a daily basis. However, I still can't say that I know what is going to happen when I die. I find Scripture very fuzzy on that subject. Much of what we believe about the afterlife is more in the nature of folk myth that has accumulated over the centuries, some of it even based on pagan traditions rather than Scripture. Becoming angels after death? That's not in the Book. Instant transport to Heaven to live with God and all of our dear Departed? Hmm, fuzzy. There is somewhere in one of the Apocalyptic books (Revelations maybe? Or Daniel?) a text that describes the dead leaving their graves, meeting Christ in the air, and being given new bodies for life in Heaven [Arg, comment too long, must split]

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