As you might guess, we have discussed a lot of theology since my husband died. Was this God’s plan? Do we all have our days numbered? Are we born with a definite death date and way of dying?
So there has been a lot of thinking ,sharing, discussions and opinions on these topics. There has also been a lot of interesting thoughts thrown out. I am not sure yet where I stand on any of these. But I am willing to share what we have discussed.
Theory one is that, when we are born, there is a definite plan that is finite and is to be carried out in spite of what happens in other parts of our lives. This seems to me to be a bit rigid but then I am not the higher power so maybe that is the order of the world. The Bible does talk about numbered days and the knowledge that God knows even the hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30 And even the very hairs of you head are all numbered.) So who am I to say that there cannot be a master road map for our lives?
Theory two says that there is a basic master plan but there is also free will. So there are choices we make and some of those choices will lead to death during our lives. This would include drinking while driving as a negative, as well as poor health choices. One person suggested to me that we have as many as three or four scenarios when we are born and we basically could choose any one at any point to go back home to heaven. If you stay through all of the plan, you have to go back on the last exit strategy.
Theory three has a larger role of free will. We are born and we have lots of choices from the beginning and our choices play a large part in how and when we die. Overriding all of this is the fact that, at any given time, God has the power and can and will call us back to heaven. So, in spite of our choices, our time may be up just because God wants us or needs us back home.
As I stated earlier, I am not sure where I stand on these theories yet. I certainly believe in free will. The Bible teaches about choices. If theory one is a fact, it sure would be nice to know when you are dating to avoid falling in love with someone with a short term plan. I have become interested in people’s thoughts about the transition from this physical world to the spiritual world. I am surprised at the amount of books on the subject and the amount of research that is being done in the area.
I guess, there are a few facts that I do know. (1) Everyone dies. It is a natural part of life. Do not act surprised about death. It is inevitable (2) You are not promised tomorrow. So be prepared. Do not leave your house in the morning with assurance that you will return in the evening. In other words, make your bed so you won’t be embarrassed. (3) Get your affairs in order. Your loved ones need not be burdened by your lazy lack of preparation. Wills, labels on knick knacks, funeral plans and clean garages are to be done. (4) Get right with God. Since you do not know how and when, you had better be on good terms with the power to be. I mean intimate, talking every day terms.
The Big Bang might be a good TV show, but when I die, I am putting my stock in my Savior. He has proven over and over to carry me through this world. I just don’t think physics, chemistry, sticks and rocks have that same power. I don’t have the answers about the theories. But I do have the blessed assurance that God is real.