My brother-in-law, Mike Bowers, went to heaven yesterday. His life here on this earth as we know it, ended because of cancer. It is getting to the point in my life where those I was close to, friends with, and/or family that are in heaven are more than those alive here on earth. When someone I know passes it always prompts some contemplative thinking on my part. The most significant person in my life that is in heaven is my Dad. That has been over 25 years ago but the memories of his cancer and struggle at the end is still very clear in my mind.
I have often thought that a cool way to have people die is like Jesus, not his form of death on a cross, but the fact that he rose from the dead and then over 500 people saw him and conversed with Him before He was resurrected to heaven. If I could have spent a couple of weeks with Dad after he died and had his new body before he took off for heaven, wow, that would have taken a lot of the pain away. But God doesn’t do it that way. I wonder why? I am pretty sure that the strength of my faith that Dad is in heaven, and that I am going to see him one of these days, and it is getting closer, is just as strong as if I had spent two weeks with him after he died, and before he left earth.
I know many who don’t have any faith. Death in their mind is a period at the end of a sentence. That is all there is, there ain’t no more.
Romans 1:18-20 says that God put an awareness of Him in our hearts, and people have to mentally push Him out of their hearts to not believe that He exists. The Bible also says we have eternity in our hearts, we are born with it, but that gets pushed out of many people’s hearts as well. Seems so sad to have no hope. The Bible also says that if we seek Him, we will find Him, and if we draw near to Him He will draw near to us. If I were a person with no faith in God or heaven, if I were a person with no hope I would choose to seek Him, and see what happened, yep that is what I would do.