Life is the gift of God; you and I didn’t create it, nor can we destroy it. It is my personal conviction that everyone must finally arrive at a place of good. It is this hope and inward assurance that gives meaning to life and courage to endeavor.
But immortality should not be thought of as something which is going to take place. Rather, it should be thought of as something that now is taking place. We are spirits now, as much as we shall or ever can become, and that spark within us, which I believe will continue after we have left this world, must finally be fanned into a divine blaze.
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? . . .If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.” “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me . . .” “Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.” Death is but the entrance to a larger life, a more complete fulfillment.
One of the greatest passages in the New Testament asks this question: “How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?” This question has been asked since time began. We are so used to thinking that only that is real which we can touch or taste or handle or weigh or measure. It is a little difficult to understand how there could be a spiritual body as well as a physical one. So Saint Paul answers his own question: “How is it the dead are raised up? and with what body do they come?” by saying, “There are also celestial bodies and bodies terrestrial . . . So also is the resurrection of the dead . . . It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body (that means there is a physical body), and there is a spiritual body.”