Pie in the Sky

At a Men’s Group meeting last week, we discussed the Christian belief in life after death.

I chose this topic because I had been surprised recently by parishioner skepticism about their immortality. Several regular churchgoers told me they were uncertain whether they would survive the dissolution of their bodies–even though this faith is an important part of traditional doctrine.

My guess is that this questioning stems largely from the apparent lack of scientific evidence for life after death. Skeptics may also question the apparent selfishness of belief in “pie in the sky after you die.”

My response is, first, that there is some evidence for immortality (the mystery of consciousness, near-death visions of heaven). Second, this hope is not selfish but rather the natural hope of men and women who believe in a loving and omnipotent God. Our God will not allow his people to perish.

There is much more to be said on this topic. What seems certain is that the church should be discussing it! —J. Douglas Ousley

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One Response to “Pie in the Sky”

  1. Melissa Gordon says:

    Doug, Firstly we need to stop the segregation of the sexes at Incarnation, separate discussion groups is like only watching MSNBC you don’t have a well rounded discussion. Regarding life after death, I think your spirit endures as long as one person remembers your contribution to their and other lives.
    🙂 M

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