We have a 500 million to 1 chance of being killed on a 5-mile bus trip. A 1 in 32 million chance of dying from a mountain lion attack. A 1 in 354,319 chance of dying in a plane crash. A 1 in 5,005,564 chance of dying from contact with hot tap water—really; a 1 in 9,380 chance of dying by suicide; a 1 in 15,585 chance of dying in a car accident. San Diego U-T, 2/22/04
But if we want to know what chance in a million—or of any other number we consider—to die, we’re still 100% mortal, with a 100% mortality rate. Living longer is possible, through better medical care, personal eating and exercise habits, more positively processing stress and anxiety, etc. Living eternally here, in this life, isn’t, and it’s a waste of time to consider living even an average of 125-150 years, as some speculate. The Biblical span remains in place: 70 years as a rule, 80 and beyond an exception Psalm 90:10.
How to prepare for the inevitable mortality chasing us IS our choice. No one can decide it for us. We can prolong ourselves past this life, and into the next, and qualify to enter that world. But let us be forewarned: intelligence won’t qualify us, where wisdom does; adding to prosperity of this life won’t qualify us, where enriching our life with Christ-honoring behavior does; dwelling in ever-more expensive homes graced with ever-more expensive furnishings won’t qualify us, but making a throne of our minds and hearts where Jesus can rule over us does. And so forth.
It takes no special intelligence to know death is in our future. It takes God-given, Christ-honoring wisdom to look beyond the INSTANT of dying to the life beyond. Only wisdom that fears God and obeys him survives death to grant us a happy life with God. Why would people content themselves with intelligence for this life when only Biblical wisdom teaches us through life to honor God and his Christ and leads us through death into God’s everlasting Presence.
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