Leave it to Google to have their mitts in the we’re working on a pill to erase old age and hopefully death business. Yeah, the companies will not come out and say it, but that will be the sales pitch: death is the enemy that we must obliterate. Good luck with that. http://recode.net/2015/07/26/the-long-game-google-partners-with-ancestry-com-to-beat-the-specter-of-aging/
–On Tuesday, Calico, the medical research company Google incubated in 2013, announced it had cut a deal for access to genetic information from Ancestry, the largest family tree website. It’s among the first public moves from Calico, the secretive division born to (gasp!) extend human life. With its new DNA data — properly anonymized — Calico will look for genetic patterns in people who have lived exceptionally long lives, then make drugs to help more of us do that.–(from the above noted article)
How many woman have bought Pond’s cold cream with the illusion of looking younger and extending their years? (not all have this mindset of course) How many men have chased women 30 years younger to ward off aging and try to defy death? Death, the final frontier, thus ending what sin has guaranteed by collecting the wages of man.
So why not trade on the fears and hopes of man to extend his days, and possibly freeze dry himself to live another time….Why not pop a pill that adds a warranty to your days? Death is big business, and you can be certain the tech billionaires will take advantage to make hay while the sun shines on mans fear of dying, and desire to prolong his days.
But there is no cure for death, as the portal calls for all to walk through. Alone, unless of course, one has made previous arrangements with the Porter. As sin has made its rightful claim through death, so too has One who has the keys of death, provided available comfort that all men need not fear what some have dubbed the ‘king of terrors.’
People mistakenly laugh at death as if it merely passing into a sealed vault of nothingness. But the seed of the daisy, or the seed of the plum, proves there is another kind of life to follow, after a period in the ground. Nature itself cries for the revelation of the dead, and is afforded success with the perennial arrival of the lowly flowers and fruit.
As there is a harvest of the earth, so to will there be a harvest of souls, and admittance will be through death. Perhaps I should add, that not all shall sleep, but all will be changed, but that is for another time. Scripture speaks clearly and eloquently that God has this death thing under control.
You see, there is Jairus daughter, Lazarus who was called by name after four days asleep, excuse me, after being dead; there was Abraham’s faith in the resurrection of Isaac, there was Job’s revelation that ‘I know my redeemer liveth;’ there was Eutychus who received life again, and of course there was the Word of God Himself, Christ Jesus, who said: ‘I will rise the third day.’ Then there is always: ‘I will come again and receive you unto myself.’
Of course He would, the God of the living cannot lie, and after all, His word was according to the scriptures. He is the living hope of which the sting of death is harmless; and we cherish Himself as He who has no equal. His character is impeccable, His goodness unimpeachable, and His love beyond understanding, but a glimpse is enough.
Scripture reveals that ‘the last enemy shall be destroyed is death,’ reminding us that Adam will be rather pleased, that the rest of the story ends well. Those who see death up close and personal can attest that there is far more than seeing a dead body; yes, scripture comes to bear in all its brutal honesty, that the body without the spirit is dead.
Some have spoken of superhuman strength at the time of passing, seen from people who had no strength to lift a finger; truly God be glorified to allow such witness. Paul wrote of his soon departure, and this was not poetry, but a clear understanding of God and His reliable, verifiable, and truthful ways.
The apostle could speak and write of such confidence because He knew Who held all things together, he knew He Who by all things consisted. He knew the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He also knew, that after his decease, many grievous wolves would come in, not sparing the flock, speaking perverse things, oh so like today where the internet is a playground for unleashed depravity.
But the mega companies will prey on extended years, and pretend to have at fingertips the fountain of youth; but yes, at a price! Trouble is, God removes the last enemy, and man may try to thwart His purpose, but sin cannot be put under a microscope and removed from its connection with death.
By attempting to extend days and avoid death, the creature once again sits in judgment of the Creator by denying both sin and death. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, as those darn evil triplets, are alive and well in 2015. Some things never change.
Thankfully, God changes not, and like Paul, we can marvel and rest in that confident word: ‘O death where is thy sting, O grave where is the victory? Yes, a mere bite, and a victory long been won. In ther meantime, man will continue to play the fool and mock both sin and death as some grand inconvenience to be dismissed. Nice try.