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Hope in the Life to Come

C.S. Lewis once said, “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” C.S. Lewis, a theologian and philosopher, best known for his children’s series, The Chronicles of Narnia, often placed the deepest faith-related questions in simple, practical terms. Were we indeed created for another world? Can I find hope in this life because of the hope of an eternal life?

But are my theories merely based upon faith? Is there evidence outside of Scripture that seeks to explain this hope of the soul for our Creator’s eternal home? Robert Lanza, M.D. in an article published back in 2011, seeks to propose that the soul and eternity are scientifically explained. He says: “The idea of the soul is bound up with the idea of a future life and our belief in a continued existence after death-the ultimate animating principle by which we think and feel but isn’t dependent upon the body. Imagination and memory suggest the existence of a vital life force.”

The author goes on to say, “Current science does not recognize the spiritual dimension of life-we’re just the activity of carbon and some proteins.” After reviewing some experiments and new thoughts regarding the philosophy of biocentrism, the article writer concludes by quoting Will Durant: “The hope of another life gives us courage to meet our own death, and to bear with the death of our loved ones; we are twice armed if we fight with faith.” ( Does the Soul Exist? Evidence Says ‘Yes.’/ Robert Lanza, M.D.-biocentrism/ 12/21/2011)

The concept of living forever and life after death hit home to me most deeply when I said goodbye to my sister on February 11, 2002. I embraced my hope of eternal life as I watched my sister’s body stop functioning as it succumbed to the ravages of ovarian cancer. But I was convinced that her spirit and soul had simply moved to another place.

C.S. Lewis in his quote above reminded us that we were created for another world. This world is temporary and passing away, but that world for which we were created is eternal. Paul reminds us: “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” (1 Corinthians 15:19) I don’t need to be miserable with a “this-life-only hope.” Jesus Himself grants me full assurance with His simple quote: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) Jesus Himself is life. It’s not only a case of what I know, but also Who I know.

So, can I truly trust my soul and its eternity to the Creator of my soul and the Savior of my life? I say “Yes!”

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