For far too many people these days, religion is just another slice of life. There’s the job and stuff at home and whatnot. And then, there’s also your religion. Religion is just a part of the reality of a person’s life that needs to be dealt with. But that, of course, is not true. A person’s religion is not just a part of a person’s reality. His religion interprets reality for him. That’s true if you are a Muslim or a Buddhist or a person whose religion is atheism. It’s also true if you’re a Christian. Religion interprets reality.
Today, I’m going to, once again, use the Scriptures to interpret reality for you. And I do this, as always, so that you can live well. A person cannot live well unless he or she understands and embraces what is real. Failure to do this will have its consequences sooner or later. And it is the Christian Scriptures alone that interpret reality accurately.
The piece of reality that we’re going to be looking at today is death. This is certainly a part of reality that we need to be careful to interpret accurately. I’m going to use something from Hebrews to do this. Listen.
… it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment … Hebrews 9.27