by James Merritt

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Philosophy: What Happens after I Die? (5 of 5)
Series: Study Hall
James Merritt
Job 14:14; 2 Corinthians 5:1-8


1. Have you ever heard the expression, ''the elephant in the room?'' this expression refers to a situation where something major is going on. Everybody knows it. It is impossible to ignore, like an elephant in a room, but nobody talks about the ''elephant'' because nobody really knows what to do about it.

2. The elephant in the room, that we live with every day of our lives, is death. One of the things you will learn as you grow older is that the elephant in the room called ''death'' gets bigger and bigger and bigger.

3. Tim McGraw had a best selling song entitled, ''live like you were dying''. It is a song with a very poignant message, although if you have ever listened to it, one thing I am not going to do before I die is to try to ride some wild bull named fu man chu. I may grill him and eat him, but I am not going to ride him.

4. The truth is most of us live, not like we were dying, but like we are going to live forever. Yes, we know we are going to die, because we know everybody dies, but nobody wants to talk about. Until old age or sickness forces the issue, we don't want to think about it.

5. Even the way we talk about it tells us how big this elephant is. We call it things like ''biting the dust'', ''buying the farm'', ''kicking the bucket'', or ''joining the angels.'' yet, when we are faced with it either personally or when a friend or a loved one dies, there is the question that comes to mind that is as old as civilization itself. In fact, it is found in what bible scholars believe is the oldest book of the bible - the book of job. We know that thousands of years ago, people were already asking this question
''If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my struggle I will wait until my change comes.'' (job 14:14, NASB)
It is one of the top three philosophical questions of all time. Is death a period in t ...

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