This morning I watched a show on the History Channel called Eternal Life. It was about efforts to help people live longer. Ways to make it common to live to be over 100 and ways to make it likely that some who are alive today could live to be 1,000. There is a great deal of research going on to find ways to accomplish this. Altering cells, growing replacement body parts, freezing the body until a cure is found for the disease you died from, implanting very small robots in our bodies to fix things as they break down – and others.
As I watched I jotted down a few quotes.
“I want to live indefinitely”
“Aging is just another disease that can be cured”
“Maybe some day we could live forever.”
“Eternal life should be every person’s right.”
And at the end, the narrator said
“Or maybe we want to accept that death makes perfect sense”
Nice of them to try, but that which these scientists are working so hard to accomplish (eternal life) is already part of God’s plan, as these contrasting quotes declare.
“The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.” Seneca
“Death is nothing else but going home to God, the bond of love will be unbroken for all eternity.” Mother Teresa
“Of course you don’t die. Nobody dies. Death doesn’t exist. You only reach a new level of vision, a new realm of consciousness, a new unknown world.” Henry Miller
“The purpose of creation is a heaven from the human race.” Swedenborg
“When you are born, you cry, and the world rejoices. When you die, you rejoice, and the world cries.” Tibetan Buddhist saying
“I believe there are two sides to the phenomenon known as death, this side where we live, and the other side where we shall continue to live. Eternity does not start with death. We are in eternity now.” Norman Vincent Peale
“When our bodies are separated from our spirits, which is called dying, we still continue to be human and to be alive.” Swedenborg
“Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.” David Searls