by Roger Thomas

Four Lies About Death
Roger Thomas
Hebrews 9:27-28
April 13, 2006

A book of children's letters to God contains this entry: Dear God, what is it like when a person dies? Nobody will tell me. I just want to know, I don't want to DO it. Signed, Your Friend, Mike. Another youngster, Jane, suggests to the Lord, "Dear God, Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don't you keep the ones you got now?"

Actor and director Woody Allen voiced the same sentiments when he said, "I am not afraid to die. I just don't want to be their when it happens."

We are all curious about death and what happens next. But it is not just an intellectual matter. This topic is really a matter of the heart. It is a personal matter. We know, like it or not, that this is part of our future. Paul Azinger learned this the hard way.

Professional golfer Paul Azinger was diagnosed with cancer at age 33. He had just won a PGA championship and had ten tournament victories to his credit. He wrote, "A genuine feeling of fear came over me. I could die from cancer. Then another reality hit me even harder. I'm going to die eventually anyway, whether from cancer or something else. It's just a question of when." Before, Azinger lived for golf. No more. Now all he wanted to do was live!

One day in the early stages of the panic following his diagnosis, Azinger remember some words he had once heard in a Bible study. "We're not in the land of the living going to the land of the dying, "the teacher had said, "We're in the land of the dying trying to get to the land of the living." That reality led him to a living hope through faith in Jesus Christ.

Golfer Paul Azinger recovered from chemotherapy and returned to the PGA tour. But the bout with cancer changed his perspective. He would later write, "I've learned that happiness is only temporary. The only way to true contentment is in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I'm not saying that nothing ever b ...

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