What Dreams May Come When We Shed This Mortal Coil? – Shakespeare
First, we must decide if there is a God.
The majority of people understand that everything comes from something before it. That progeny process leads back to a “Prime Cause”: something Eternal, with no beginning nor end. Further inspection of our universe reveals that it contains irreducible complexity governed by identifiable, repetitive Laws.
In addition, the microscopic DNA molecule of hundreds of chains of atoms, each in precise order, all different from each other, resulting in 7 Billion People all distinct from each other, is evidence of the incredible, unfathomable Power & Wisdom of an Eternal Designer – God.
The Bible states that, “God created men & women in His image & likeness.” That’s why C. S. Lewis stated, “You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”
Then, we must decide if that God cares about His Creation.
Or, Is He a “Deus Machina” God, who creates something and walks away? That answer depends on whether a person believes that the historical person Jesus Christ was the Son of God? The Bible states that “God so loved the world that He sent His only Son, so that all who believe in Him, will have eternal life.”
During his life, Christ performed many miracles, curing hundreds of people, from a variety of illnesses, in a variety of locations. More importantly, Christ raised Lazarus from the dead, after 3 days. Most Important, Christ rose from the dead 3 days after being crucified. The risen Christ was seen by over 500 people, over 40 days.
Christians believe that Christ’s Death & Resurrection was God’s intimate involvement in the reconciliation between God and His Creation. And after death, Christians believe what the Bible states, “No more death, no more pain, no more tears.” It would be an eternity of Peace & Joy in the presence of the companionship of God.
However, additional intervening parameters determine our choices:
We have free will. Satan exists. And the perfect relationship with God was broken, when Adam chose self-reliance & self-gratification over God’s Providence & Guidance. Satan sows seed of discontent between our needs and the expectations of our wants. Our wants are “Plus-One” whatever we have, never fulfilled, always in excess of our daily bread. Satan whispers that only self-reliance can satisfy our wants.
However, Solomon, who tasted all of life’s pleasures & treasures concluded, “Vanity. All is vanity.” After Job lost everything when thieves murdered his sons, burned his barns, and stole whatever they could carry, he was sitting on a dunghill on the outskirts of town, with dogs licking the open sores on his body, while his wife & friends were mocking him, said, “My Redeemer lives, and God knows me.”
Lives, built upon the welcoming embrace of the love & forgiveness of Christ’s Redemptive Cross, believe in an eternal life with God.
Thus, there are the only 2 choices:
- Self-indulgent gratuitous pleasures now, based on self-reliance, with no life after death. Nada. Zilch.
- An eternity of Peace & Joy with the companionship of God, based upon loving God and others, now & forever.
There is no middle ground.
Unfortunately, certainty only comes after our last breath. So, my friend wishes me “Auf Wiedersehen” – when we meet again. He believes that our souls are like a ship that disappears over the horizon, only to see the welcoming embrace of the Redeemer, along with friends & relatives of previous passing, on the other shore.
That sums up “Pascal’s Gamble”: Either choose a life of abundant self-gratuitous pleasures while you live, because their is Nothing after death. Or, spend your life on earth honoring God and loving others, because there is an eternity of Peace & Joy if you do. There’s nothing good for those that don’t.