Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hopeless and Sad



Patricia Sheridan recently interviewed Larry King. Read this last question & answer... it's got to be about the saddest thing I've ever heard another human being say.


So, last question. Do you still want to be cryogenically preserved?
Yeah, I do. The reason is, I don't believe in any afterlife. I'm not religious at all. I'm a cultural Jew. I'm lucky to be in this race because I think my race teaches me to learn and to read and to constantly question. The rabbis always taught me to question. I never got good answers.
As much as I was friendly with religious leaders -- Billy Graham was wonderful to me -- I never bought the idea there's a heaven. It's all superstition to me. I'm married into a Mormon family. They totally believe. I don't go to church. I don't share the belief. I allow my boys to be raised that way because I made that up with my wife when we got married. I thought that was fair, since I didn't believe. But I do tell them, "When you come of age, you can choose on your own."
I'm an agnostic, almost an atheist. So there's either going to be an afterlife -- right? Or there isn't. Or the only shot you got is to be frozen. Then if you're frozen and they cure it, you might come back. That's at least a glimmer of hope. I don't think there's any other glimmer of hope the other way. By the way, if you do come into another life, so then they're right. Fine [laughing]. This way, I can't lose. I regard all of that as kind of malarkey. I respect it, but I sure don't believe it. So yeah, I want to be frozen.
Well, all your bases are covered.
Yep, you're damn right. At least you got a hope.

Sunday morning at DPC we'll be looking at Matthew's account of the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth from the dead. I wish Larry could join us and hear something of the real hope that God has given us in Christ his Son.

And note that when the Bible speaks of the "hope" we have in Christ, it's not the wishy-washy kind of hope that we often speak of - "I hope your poison ivy gets better soon." It's a strong & solid & sure confidence we have in a revealed truth that changes everything. It's the landscape in which the Christian lives - Hope, with a capital H.

Read what the Bible says the theological / practical implications of Christ's resurrection are for the believer... it sure beats being frozen & hoping that "they cure it."

Romans 4.24-25; 6.4; 8.34; 10.9; 1 Corinthians 15;  2 Corinthians 5.1-10;  Philippians 3.10-11;  Colossians 2.12-13; 3.1-4;  1 Thessalonians 4.14...

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