Sunday, December 31, 2006

Eschatologically-Minded

I admit that I am "eschatologically-minded". In short, when I've heard of the death of a famous (or infamous) person, I wonder, "Where is he now?"

I'm not a materialist; I don't believe that what you see is what you get. I believe that a human spirit separates from the body at death and--to his joy or to his horror--realizes that Christ, indeed, is Lord.

No matter how noted, no matter how rich, no matter how powerful a person becomes in this life, there is only one of two destinies for him: salvation in Christ or damnation with the world. It may not be a popular thought but it's a biblical one. Consider the Apostle John's stark accessment between Christians and non-Christians:

"We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one." (1Jn 5.19 ESV)

In case anyone doesn't know who εν τω πονηρω--"in the wicked evil one" is, John is speaking of Satan.

As Clarke expounds in his Commentary:

"The whole world lieth in wickedness...Lieth in the wicked one - is embraced in the arms of the devil, where it lies fast asleep and carnally secure, deriving its heat and power from its infernal fosterer. What a truly awful state! And do not the actions, tempers, propensities, opinions and maxims of all worldly men prove and illustrate this? 'In this short expression,' says Mr. Wesley, 'the horrible state of the world is painted in the most lively colors; a comment on which we have in the actions, conversations, contracts, quarrels and friendships of worldly men.' Yes, their Actions are opposed to the law of God; their Conversations shallow, simulous, and false; their Contracts forced, interested, and deceitful; their Quarrels puerile, ridiculous, and ferocious; and their Friendships hollow, insincere, capricious, and fickle: - all, all the effect of their lying in the arms of the wicked one; for thus they become instinct with his own spirit: and because they are of their father the devil, therefore his lusts they will do."

Ugh.