The Cult of Death

Todd Strandberg 90x115by Todd Strandberg

Rapture Ready has always had an uneasy relationship with the liberal media. Over the years, we have done dozens of interviews and all but a few of them have resulted in a news story that paints the end-time message in a negative light. The press is 90 percent liberal, and it sees us as obstacles to the creation of a utopian society. I have been surprised by positive comments that acknowledge our dedication, but I’m sure that if they had their way, we would be sent off to some reeducation camps.

One of the liberal media’s most common objections is the belief that prophecy people worship death. They don’t understand why we should be so happy about the world coming to an end. The Bible does plainly say that destruction is coming to the earth, and as a result of the Tribulation carnage, man will become as rare as fine gold.

What the press fails to realize is that we already have arrangements to take the last bus out of town before the world is swallowed up by divine judgment. Before God pours His wrath on planet earth, he is going to rapture every born-again Christian up to heaven.

Even in rare cases in which Christians do take their own lives, they typically do so with the hope of their existence continuing in the afterlife. When Jim Jones told his followers to drink cyanide-laced Kool-Aid, they fully expected to wake up at the pearly gates of heaven.

I think atheists are the ones who belong to the cult of death. I have read the views of several leading atheists, and have found an almost universal embrace of death. For them, life is just meant to come to a sudden end.

They see death as a necessary function of evolution. Without it, genetic ingenuity would slow down and the population would reach a level of stagnation. If our monkey ancestors lived for hundreds of years, we would still be hanging from trees by our tails.

Biologist Richard Dawkins says we have no need to complain about dying because most people will never have a chance to be born. If we managed to defy such massive odds to be born into this world, it would be foolhardy to so willingly surrender such a precious gift.

I see this welcoming attitude toward death as a form of insanity. The desire for self preservation is one of the signs we use to measure the soundness of one’s mind. I don’t regret depriving some worm of a good meal. They don’t even have enough intelligence to say, “Boy, Todd tastes good.”

Atheists’ cheeriness about the end of life extends to the second death. Even though they don’t believe in a hell, most express a bizarre willingness to take a swan dive into the lake of fire. Pat Condell is a well-known atheist on YouTube. In one of his latest videos, he said,

“So can I say to the people who have said they are praying for me, ‘Don’t do it. I’m beyond redemption. I categorically reject God. I wholeheartedly deny the Holy Spirit. I’m resigned to damnation. And I’m absolutely fine with it.’”

If there is no God to grant us an afterlife, atheists should be the main cheerleaders of an effort to find immortality through research. One of them should be the Jerry Lewis of natural causes. "Yes, please donate so we can find a cure for what is responsible for 100 percent of non-accidental deaths."

I remember hearing, in my early teens, a scientist talking about the future of medicine. He said that some people living today may never die. Three decades later, I don’t see any signs of his prediction coming true. The more we study the chemical processes of life, the more uncertain we become of how it all works. We are still unable to replicate even the simplest living thing in the lab.

The incredible advances in the field of electronics has far outstripped the progress in medical science. We have found the components that make up the code of life, but we change it to defeat death. Our sin nature is the most likely factor preventing us from achieving this goal. We are under a curse that only God can lift.

There is hope for people who wish to gain eternal life. The greatest promise made in the Bible was when God said, "I will give you eternal life." Jesus paid the price of allowing our bodies to become immune to death. In order to receive that gift of immortality, all we need to do is ask for it.

"Jesus said unto her, I am the Resurrection, and the Life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he Live" (John 11:25).

"And this is the Record, that God hath given to us Eternal Life, and this Life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath Life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not Life" (1 John 5:11-12).

by Todd Strandberg

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