Eternity in Their Hearts

Wednesday, June 3

God has built into us the reality of an after life. After years of missionary activity, I have yet to hear of an indigenous group that does not have a belief in some kind of life after we leave this world. The Egyptians had their views and their burial rituals attest to it. All jungle tribes have some kind of belief in an after life and their burials reflect it, too. They bury the dead with pots and other useful tools to use in the next life. One jungle group in Bolivia would often kill the wife or a young servant girl to accompany the dead male into the next life. So belief in an after life is skewed considerably thanks to Satan who mixes truth with false on a regular basis. The concept of life after death is universal simply because God placed it in our hearts. Don Richardson’s book “Eternity in Their Hearts” is excellent on this subject. This book is a commentary on Ecc. 3:11. “He has also set eternity in the hearts of men.” C.S. Lewis has a pertinent comment along this line. “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” Our entire lives are consumed with filling this void. Dan Schaeffer also mentions the lament of Tom Brady: “Why do I have three Super Bowl rings and still think there is something greater out there for me?. . . It’s got to be more than this. I mean, this isn’t what it’s all cracked up to be.” He now has four rings and probably remains unsatisfied. How about this analogy? “A duck can be born and raised and never see a pond or lake for years. But if ever it sees a small puddle, it is attracted to it without knowing why. Every instinct in it’s body is attracted to water, even if it doesn’t understand it. It’s the same with us.” How abut this quote from Jim Carry? “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” Then there’s Henry Ward Beecher: “So it is that men sigh on, not knowing what the soul wants, but only that it needs something.”

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