Stephen Brown, Marketplace Ministries, Inc. www.mmiga.org
The United Nations defines death as "the permanent disappearance of all signs of life." I have worked with such people. I've watched television interviews with surgery patients who recall floating above their bodies and watching the frantic attempts of the medical staff to resuscitate them. Reader's Digest magazine published a book, LIFE BEYOND DEATH, wherein it states on pages 20-21, "The research of near death experiences by thousands of people establish a shared experience. They leave their body and observe it from above. They then enter a tunnel and travel toward a light where they encounter a wonderful being, often identified as Jesus; experiencing a feeling of great love." Psalm 56:13 For You have delivered my soul from death . . . that I may walk before God in the light of the living.
Contestants for Miss America are judged on beauty, talent, community service, and public speaking skills. I never thought it fair to ask a surprise question before a national audience. Some questions seem unfair, and too often the answers leave us shaking our head. Case in point is Heather Whitestone, 1995 Miss America. When asked,"If you could live forever, would you and why?" Here is her response, "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever." Someone please tell Heather about John 3:16, For God so loved the world (including misinformed beauty queens) that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not die, but have everlasting (forever) life.
I saw an ad for a miracle pill, GENIUX, claiming to enhance cognitive brain function. The manufacturer contends it is clinically proven to boost concentration, and increase one's IQ. Genius Stephen Hawking, an atheist, predicts that "this pill will change humanity." News-Flash: Only a changed human heart can do that. Not a pill, but the gos-pel. I'm all for brain-food and vitamins, but the mind also needs a daily dose of truth. Romans 12:2, And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. . ." A Christian brother told me his wife bought him a memory enhancement pill. I asked him, "Is it working for you?" He replied, "I don't know, I can't remember to take it." Memorizing scripture (brain food) will keep our minds renewed.