In All the Wrong Places

Therefore justice is far from us, Nor does righteousness overtake us; We look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness! 10 We grope for the wall like the blind, And we grope as if we had no eyes; We stumble at noonday as at twilight; We are as dead men in desolate places.    Isaiah 59: 9-10

I saw an article this weekend about how Vladimir Putin is tasking his scientists to work on a pill which could extend life to 130 years.  Good luck with that.

People are talking more and more about trans-humanism, coming up with a new breed of human being that will live longer.  Maybe forever.  Cyborgs are the newest thing.  One individual uses a sensor implanted directly into his brain to help him see better.  Science fiction meets today.  Geordi from Star Trek: Next Generation is next, right?

We look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness!

The first record of a natural death happened in what I’ll call 930 C.P.; that’s Creation Plus. Adam was 930 when he died.  Enoch got the best deal.  He never saw physical death.   Enoch was taken up from earth by God in the year 987 C.P. at the age of 365, a veritable teenager.  Adam’s great- great- great- great-grandson, Jared, lived a ripe old 962 years, passing on in 1422 C.P.

All this before the effects of sin had really taken hold.

Why do we get old and die? Very simple; we’re sinners coming from thousands of generations of sinners.  Do we really think we can tell God to get the heck out of our country, out of our lives and think He won’t be just a little put out?

Who thinks we can meaningfully extend our lives with pills or implants? There are serious plans to upload our consciousness into robots that we can keep trading in to finally achieve eternal life.

Or we could just lie flat on our faces, cry to God for mercy and forgiveness, fully confident of His love and answer of “Yes.” We could partake in communion, join with Him by eating His body and drinking His blood.

I can hear a few people on that last one: “Ew! Gross!”  But you’re OK with becoming a cyborg or living inside a machine to achieve eternal life?  That sounds more to me like serving a life sentence inside a mobile jail we can drive around.

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, And your fingers with iniquity; Your lips have spoken lies, Your tongue has muttered perversity.   Isaiah 59: 1-3

Disappointed in your projected life span? Well, there’s your problem right there.

Do you really want to live forever?

Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him That there was no justice.  16 He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.    Isaiah 59: 15-16

If you want something done right…

God can’t count on us to do what’s necessary for us to have eternal life. He sent His only, begotten Son, the Word made Flesh from John chapter 1 to live among us, full of grace and Truth.  He extends His hand to us with the free gift of eternal life.  We don’t need to invent implants, pills, or machines.

Just say “Yes.”

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