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Only A Hundred?

As I was standing in the grocery store checkout line the other day with some "veggie" food (I've been a healthy 6 foot/175 pound vegetarian for about the last 25 years, since my early 20s; I'm not a meat-eater, as a simple personal preference, not for any religious or "political" reasons i.e. I'm not somehow against meat-eaters), I noticed a headline in one of the trash tabloids in the rack that lined the counter isle which said "Live To 100!" I joked to myself, what do they mean by 100? The first 100 years? The first 100 thousand years? The first 100 million years? No, they of course meant how to at-all-costs cling to physical life for just 100 years, period. How sad that anyone could make such a brief amount of time a goal of itself when it was designed and intended, by the Creator, to be used as the expendable means toward something infinitely, literally infinitely, longer.

The Means To The Goal Is Not Itself The Goal

Holy Bible There is certainly nothing wrong with seeking to live a long, healthy life - the Bible provides many God-stated health principles that teach how to do just that (e.g. Clean and Unclean), but very often the perspective of the modern-day "live to 100" advice causes people to live in a way that will hinder their chances of making it to true life, everlasting life, by having them squander themselves as fearful, selfish "survivalists" - carnal behavior that is contrary to the principles of good Christian Living.

Life is meant to be lived, and the only valid priority of this mortal life is to obey God no matter what the cost or consequences from anyone or anything. If you do your best to do that, you'll find that it automatically provides for your responsibilities to everyone and everything else i.e. see The First Commandment, The Second Commandment, The Third Commandment, The Fourth Commandment, The Fifth Commandment, The Sixth Commandment, The Seventh Commandment, The Eighth Commandment, The Ninth Commandment and The Tenth Commandment. The only purpose, and value, of God-intended temporary physical life is that it gives us the opportunity to make it to eternal life (the word "eternal" has a far greater potential meaning than just everlasting life - see Children Of God). Physical life is not the end in itself, unless, tragically, we choose to make it so.

"For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when He comes in the Glory of His Father with the holy angels." (Mark 8:35-38 RSV)

"Train yourself in godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come." (1 Timothy 4:7-8 RSV)

"To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law, indeed it cannot" (Romans 8:6-7 RSV)

"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? ... Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well." (Matthew 6:25,31-33 RSV)

"For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart" (Galatians 6:8-9 RSV)

Fact Finder: When people die, do they enter into a deep unconsciousness that lasts until their resurrection?
See What Happens When You Die? and Resurrections


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