You’ve imbibed a special potion that makes you immortal. Now that you’ve got forever, what changes will you make in your life? How will you live life differently, knowing you’ll always be around to be accountable for your actions?
This is one of the most intriguing Daily Prompts I’ve read to date. It captures the hidden theology, if you will, and reason for preparing one for the prospect of living forever. The Bible identifies this process in an interesting way at Ecclesiastes 3:11.
We only pose questions that are some how embedded into our logic. We can only imagine what is possible.
Wait a minute! One might argue; we can’t possibly fly, it physically and logically impossible. Yet, we see other creatures do so and by means of transference imagine ourselves doing the same thing. With the aid of manmade devices flight is possible for humans.
Living forever must, in some way, be possible and it is contingent as this prompt suggests; something (such as everlasting life) is expected to make it worthwhile and enjoyable.
The older we become it is likely we look back on our lives and earnestly conclude there are many times I (we) acted with only selfishness, bitterness, hatred, scheming, and so on as part of my motivation. Again we would likely recognize that, in truth, the ends did not justify the means. Is it, in reality, much better to say to yourself ‘I lost because of playing by the rules’ rather than ‘I won because of circumventing the rules?’
Some theology rests on the idea that our sins from the past are somehow revealed for all to see and we are held out to public shame . Thus one is shamed to do good because of publicly exposure.
There is another reason for living a good moral life revealed in the Daily Prompt. It is we also have a set of preexisting values and a concern for and the values of others so that we act with good conscience toward those values, ours and theirs. Those values or conscientious laws are nearly universal (Roman 2:12-16).
In other words we should live our lives in such a way that our present bad actions will eventually reap bad consequences. As an example think of the big lies you have told. Be honest, we’ve all told some whoppers. Let’s say we are basically an honest person and they are few. Now take all the little so-called ‘white lies;’ all of them and heap them on the scales of justice, not so good – aye. Who wants to live eternity with them piling up like a heap of garbage in a land fill forever?
Thus the Bible points out why we should live a life with eternity in view. It is not to expose us like Hester Prynne in the Scarlet Letter but to allow us to have a good assessment of out own personal worth and to live our lives in such a way we don’t offend others (1st Corinthians 10:29).
We often hear the phrase ‘what goes around comes around.’ Well sometimes death allows many to duck the responsibility, but living forever that little small moral lapse will eventually make its round and meet with us again. It’s logic.
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