Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Defeat of Death: A Scientific Impossibility

There are some attempts today to defeat death through biochemistry and other technologies thereby striving to make man immortal. The video below will show one man's theory on how this is possible. But it is not possible at all. Death came into the world through Adam's disobedience.

And to the man [God] said,

“Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree
whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you.
All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.
It will grow thorns and thistles for you,
though you will eat of its grains.
By the sweat of your brow
will you have food to eat
until you return to the ground
from which you were made.
For you were made from dust,
and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:17-19NLT)

Then in verse 24 we read that angels were placed at the entrance of the Garden preventing man and woman from eating the fruit of the Tree of Life. Our judgment for disobedience is death. Today we die because of original sin in us, that potential to lie at a very young age and to do bad everyday of our life! We die because we carry a death sentence. As St. Paul says, "the wages of sin is death." But there is hope for the Elect. By Christ's imputed righteousness, the sting of death has become null and void. When we place our faith upon Jesus' saving act of His crucifixion, whereby He pays the full penalty of our sins, we have the glorious hope of the Resurrection awaiting us. Until then our length of days has been numbered by God because of our wickedness.(Genesis 6:3) So why must all die with only the righteous awaiting a new body and a new earth? The answer is that we are under judgement which is proved by death. And as St. Augustine of Hippo writes in his City of God, "Death is good for the good person and it is bad for the bad person." For the good person all pains of this world are taken away. There is no more cancer, AIDS, violence or pain. For the bad person, justice in the form of eternal punishment. After all, do we really want the unrepentant sinner living forever?