Here are a few diamonds for your day.
At the beginning
It’s been said that there are at least two sides to any argument.
That’s true, isn’t it?
Let’s agree for sake of argument this is accurate.
Let’s stick with there are two sides to an argument, OK?
For example, one side says what’s what? The other side says what’s what? Are you aware then of what the two sides are saying? What is the argument?
At the middle
Permit for instance, one side argues, “You won’t die.” The other side argues, “You will die.”
- There’s disagreement here
- There’s conflict here.
How do I resolve this issue?
What should I do?
Which argument is correct?
- Obviously, in order to find the truth I have to examine the facts (and not just the facts I pick, rather all the facts).
- Then once I know all the facts I am able to uncover, I must discern the truth of what I found out. And that begs another question:
- Am I willing to accept the truth of what is factually revealed?
This leads to the conclusion—the result of the two-sided argument.
Do you follow this so far? This is the model 1, 2, 3.
All right then, let’s examine the facts.
First take a closer look at you won’t die.
Initially we recognize this statement promotes the idea that we’re going to be fine and dandy no matter what … we won’t die.
OK, what are the facts? And are the facts supported by reason and experience?
The opposing view says the idea that states you won’t die is misguided. Because reason and experience show that you will die.
So, where are we?
Here’s where we are: Maybe you won’t die or maybe you will die.
- Ask another question: What makes death happen?
I suggest willful disobedience.
Willful disobedience to what?
Take a peek at the big picture in which our day-to-day smaller picture fits inside of.
In the big picture we are answerable to our Creator. We are answerable to our Creator even if we advocate there isn’t any Creator.
Note that what we conceive as truth in our small picture is often challenged by the intellect of the bigger picture.
The bigger picture, for example, submits: disobedience causes death … you will die.
Let’s jump. The bigger picture is the known will of God.
If we align with the known will of God we will prosper in ways we do not fully comprehend.
If we walk away from the known will of God we will not prosper in ways we do not fully comprehend.
Willful disobedience to the known will of God is called sin.
The word sin makes many uncomfortable.
We have a choice, you will die or you won’t die. Death or life?
Which do you choose?
I choose life.
- Life is the reward for obedience to the known will of God.
- Life is an unearned gift we can choose to refuse.
At the end
Obviously the argument argues about more than physical death.
Which of these arguments makes the most sense to you?
I am sure I know what the truth is until … I don’t.
Jonathan David & Melissa Helser