Watched an episode of Real Superhumans on Discovery this week, and there’s this man who desires to live very, very old, if possible achieve immortality. He takes 120 different supplements every day, observes a punishing exercise regime and diet, and goes for a whole body check-up annually to analyse his body’s biological age. He may be 60 years old, but his biological age, said the analysis, is only 39. And he finances stem cells research and other research into genetics modification so that he can benefit from the studies that will add to his longevity.
I really don’t understand why anyone would want to live forever. But of course, when God created man in the Garden of Eden, he was supposed to live forever with God in perfect fellowship. And when Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because they wanted to be like god, they and the subsequent generations of man fell and forever become captives of sin. And the penalty of sin is death. Not only did man experience spiritual death, i.e. separation from God, he also suffered physical death when he’s no longer allowed to eat the fruit from the tree of life.
But you know what? It is actually an act of mercy that God does not allow the fallen man to live forever. Imagine that you will be afflicted by the power of sin. Forever. That you will, from your very first breath, agonise over the loneliness, disappointments, emotional anguish, bitterness, imperfections, weaknesses, and the likes. For eternity.
I don’t want to live forever. In fact, I long to see Jesus, especially when I’m caught up in the tension of sin. I know that one day I will be perfected and delivered from the presence of sin, either after I die or when Jesus returns, whichever is earlier. But I also know that this destiny is for those who believes in Jesus. What about for those who don’t? Then they will continue to be separated from the presence of God. Forever. And all that is of God: love, joy, righteousness, and life – all these will be absent as well.
I didn’t say this. The word of God says so.