A recent editorial in the National Geographic magazine asserted:
“If you can live a few years more, there is a real chance you will never die, since mortality may just be a technical problem we solve.”
There is a similar ‘promise’ in the Bible – “You will not surely die” – which proved to be wrong! Eve died because she had eaten fruit from a tree God told her not to eat.
That editorial denies the fact that we die because we all disobey God’s instructions. The idea being put forward is that man will solve all his problems – including death – without God’s intervention, but the Bible tells us that’s just not true. It also tells us that the problems being faced by the world are going to get worse, not better.
For example, recent reports suggest that current antibiotics are becoming less effective in the treatment of disease, making it likely that common ailments will become far more dangerous again. Similarly, for many people mobile phones are beneficial, but the same technology is now regularly abused, even promoting terrorism and moral decline. Advances in technology also support the development of even more deadly weapons.
The reality is that technology has not solved the world’s fundamental problems and it never will.
Why is this happening?
To discover the root cause of this world’s problems and why we die, everyone should take a long, hard look in the mirror!
Words in the Bible written 2000 years ago are just as applicable today:
“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.” (Matthew 15:19 NKJV)
“[Everyone] is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin [disobeying God]; and sin, when it is full- grown, brings forth death” (James 1:14-15 NKJV)
When Paul wrote to the church in Galatia, he condemned the life-style of many people of that time:
“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like.” (Galatians 5:19-20 NIV)
This world’s problems have always been ‘man-made’. As a result we all die because we all sin. And as Paul’s letter tells us, we won’t be part of God’s plan for a better world in the future if we copy that life-style ourselves.
A fresh start
A few thousand years the Bible records that the state of the world in those days didn’t go unnoticed:
“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5 NKJV)
The Bible also records that the only solution was to destroy that world and make a fresh start! But the same man-made problems happened all over again!!
Fortunately, God has stepped in to help:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17 NKJV)
Our only hope for the future, and how we might be part of it, can be described like this:
“If you can live uprightly for a little longer, there is real hope that, in God’s mercy, you will never die, since mortality will be just a problem that God solves. He will usher in a new golden age, freed from the scourges that have plagued humanity throughout history.”
You too can be in the Kingdom of God that that will replace our current world in the very near future.