We are not overly concerned about our Earthly end! For so very many there is always a tomorrow 🤔. Yes, but where???
Lynette Kittle addresses this below:
How do I prepare?
“I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” – John 14:2-3
Are YOU ready? A lot to think on, made more pertinent by the family, friends, colleagues, neighbors and number of those who in our day have been lost to covid!
Heaven is often described as a “highest place”, the holiest place, a Paradise, in contrast to hell or the Underworld or the “low places” and universally or conditionally accessible by earthly beings according to various standards of divinity, goodness, piety, faith, or other virtues or right beliefs or simply divine will. Some believe in the possibility of a heaven on Earth in a world to come.
How about individuals who have been pronounced dead and regain consciousness?
Here, my training kicks in Science: Lazarus syndrome refers to your blood circulation returning spontaneously after your heart stops beating, and fails to restart despite cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Many of us know the story of Lazarus. This occurred for a reason!
The miraculous story of Lazarus being brought back to life by Jesus is known from the Gospel According to John (11:1–45). Lazarus of Bethany was the brother of Martha and Mary and lived at Bethany, near Jerusalem.
BIG question! Are YOU ready for the next phase of existence?
Key questions that dwell in your heart and mind always. For the most part unvoiced:
1. Why am I?
2. From where am I?
3. What happens next? Do I join the ‘life-line’ again for another chance?
4. My experiences. Why?
There are uncountable ways we attempt to avoid these questions and more! We are amazed at survivors of ‘near death experiences. Simply, what would you do if in a condition that institutes change in your life?
This brings is glaringly close to The reason for/of life. What are we here for? What? Pray tell is here? What is? Where is there?
Why am I here? What is life all about? What is the meaning of life? How we answer these big-picture questions is important so we can live with hope and a sense of purpose in times of uncertainty, pain, and frustration.
What is the meaning of life according to the Bible? According to the Bible, knowing God is the meaning of life because He is the “author of life” (John 17:3). The meaning of life is not based on things we see in the world “for life is more than food, and the body more than clothing” (Luke 12:23).
What does it mean to know God? Why can’t we base the meaning of life on relationships, career, or personal happiness? Understanding the answer to these questions in the Bible gives a sense of purpose and fulfillment in our lives.
And Jesus said to His disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
Luke 12:22 (ESV)
We get amazingly to the mark with this statement: The Meaning of Life Is to Know God as the Author of Life.
“In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.” (Gen. 1:1).
Meaning? God, as The Author of life, brings meaning to life. Everything God Created was meant to show what God is like. God Created a world with a purpose, by His design. The world we live in and the life of every person has a purpose and is not just the product of chance, random events, and biological selection.
God originally made a perfect world and said it was very good. God made a world without brokenness – without war, sickness, or death. There was no ‘age/time’ when Adam was Created. How long did it take Adam to name all creatures?
Let’s first clarify what “all the animals” means. Genesis 2:20 refers to domesticated animals, wild land animals, and birds. This would exclude coral reef and marine animals. Here are the main options:
1. Does Genesis refer to each individual creature, giving each cow a name? No. Though nowadays we name pets, there’s no evidence of such naming in Genesis. Even Bilaam’s famous ass was not “Mr. Ed.”
2. Does Genesis refer to naming each distinct species, as defined by scientists? No, that’s unlikely. The Hebrew Bible refers to relatively few animals and rarely seems to break them down to the species level. But what if Genesis does refer to species? Scientists have identified about 1.5 million species and nobody knows how many remain. See: Are We Any Closer to Knowing How Many Species There Are on Earth? Excluding marine species, should we calculate based on, say, 2 million species and Adam naming one every 5 seconds? That would take about 4 months, which a Bible-believer might argue is the equivalent of <1 day in Genesis.
3. More likely, the authors of Genesis refer to a basic set of animals named by ancient Near East cultures. The Hebrew Bible itself names only about 100 animals. The Bible doesn’t claim to be encyclopedic, but it does identify animals methodically, e.g., for the dietary laws. So, is it fair to assume that the Biblical books combined would list at least 1/5 of known animals? If so, then the 500 known animals could easily be named in about 8 hours of work, with Adam calmly taking 1 minute per animal.
4. qCreationists have argued that Adam named a basic set of all animals alive back then. This would include #3, above, as well as animals living outside the Near East (or unknown to ANE cultures). They then guesstimate some plausible set, say 1,000 – 3,000 of animals that could conceivably be named in one day — in accord with their literalist reading of scripture.