Someone very close to my heart asked her mom one night, what is the essence of LIFE in which her mom answered- SACRIFICE. Is it really? I asked myself the same hoping I could extract a coherent answer from my brain. Somehow, it is. Everyone has their own perspective of what the real essence of life is. In my attempt to write something, there are a lot of thoughts warping inside my head (as always) and I’m not even sure how to condense this broad topic into simple sentences and simple paragraphs in order for the readers to understand without exposing too many points.
It’s the nuanced complexities between life and death. We may often hear the phrases “LIFE IS UNFAIR”, “Life is short”, “live every moment like it’s your last” and “take life easy as no one goes out of it alive”- that and a lot more but, what is our basis of what’s just and what isn’t.
“NO ONE GOES OUT OF IT ALIVE”
It echoed in my mind. Sent chills to my spine.
When we speak of death, it is inherently connected to religion. Most of us believed that “something” is waiting for us after we die; a God or someone powerful beyond human limits is waiting for us. That gives us enough reason then, to consult religious texts to find information about it. Where do we seek? I say, Bible.
Few weeks ago when I had my bible study, I precisely asked the minister if he could teach me what death is in accordance to the Bible which he willingly agreed to discuss. I had gazillion of thoughts about life after death and such especially I grew up in a family where Bible isn’t part of daily living (don’t get me wrong, my family is religious but not the type that consults the sacred texts every waking hour of every day). Even if I already had an idea if there’s life after death, I still want him to discuss the topic, maybe to reassure myself that what I know is what is really written in the Bible.
A friend asked me one night when we had a vigil in my cousin’s wake, we were standing next to his coffin when she asked “What happens after death? Is there life after we die? I had so many thoughts and questions about it” Not sure if those were the exact words but the thought of her question was ‘what happens after we die?’ and I told her, well, nothing. The nothingness will coaxed one’s entire being. It feels like sleeping. In the Bible, death is associated to being asleep until the second coming. Your thoughts will be gone and so as you. What does the Bible say about death?
“For the living know that they will die,
but the dead know nothing;
they have no further reward,
and even their name is forgotten.
6 Their love, their hate
and their jealousy have long since vanished;
never again will they have a part
in anything that happens under the sun.”
So when a person dies, he can no longer know anything. Is it right to say that they are just out there somewhere waiting and watching over us? What happens to your soul then? If there’s life after death, say our souls remain while our bodies decay then we would have immortality. Does Bible support our claim? Many people believe that our souls go on living even after we die. In the story of “The Creation of Man”
“7 Then the Lord God formed a man[a] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
God formed first the body from the dust of the ground, breathed into his nostrils the “breath of life” and the man became the living soul, a living being. When a person dies, the opposite things happen. The breath of life departs from the body, the body will return to dust and the soul will cease to exist.
“7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”
On the second coming or the Judgment Day, God will reunite the body and its life giving spirit for resurrection of those worthy to be placed in paradise with Him.
That sounds like more reasonable doesn’t it? Human as we are, we tend to find answers in every question. Our mind constantly seeks a better way of concluding anything. That very last aspect left in Pandora’s Box gives us this kind of thinking. We are so fond of sad and tragic love stories that some of us would think that maybe in another life, that love that didn’t happen on this realm and in this timeline would eventually get its conclusion later on. People kept on thinking that they can somehow correct their mistakes or eventually make something right in the next life or maybe in life after death. The chance that wasn’t given now has a purpose of making them better for their next lives. I’d like to believe that too but life doesn’t work that way. You have to LIVE your LIFE, NOW! Live the life following God’s path, spread His words and follow His commands.
I’ve now come to the conclusion that for me, the real essence of life is ‘LIFE’ itself. The way you live your life is its intrinsic meaning. In the final days, will you be able to face yourself and say “Job well done”? “That was great! You were great”? What I’m trying to say here is that, your beliefs and ideas chiefly belongs to you. Your take and your understanding towards life and death depend on what you want to believe in. What you believe will determine how you will live your life.
Death and its being according to the word of God solely based from Scriptures. That’s what the Bible says…unless you want to believe otherwise.