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{Book Club} Lie #2 – It’s a matter of life and death

Like most of Satan’s lies discussed in The Gospel According to Satan by Jared C. Wilson, the lie that “You only live once” seems harmless and has a ring of truth to it. It is true that none of us will live forever in this physical body, but the enemy uses this lie of YOLO to distract us from the fact that our physical death is not the worst thing that can happen.

Satan’s first strategy with this lie is to try and get us to forget about death because thoughts of death create fear and thus results in a call for help from above, which he wants to avoid at all costs. Instead, he wants us to think of it as an event in the very distant future that is no big deal. This is the reason why the industry of maintaining youth is so lucrative in our society. We want to look as if we are immortal.

Failing this strategy, his next move is to convince us that this life is as good as it gets. When we acknowledge that death is very real, we are bombarded with the temptation to cram in as much pleasure as possible into this life, often at the expense of what comes after death. The devil wants us to believe that death is the ultimate party pooper.

Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 10:28
Matthew 10 verse 28

Jesus teaches us in the gospels that death is not the worst thing that can happen to us. Rather, the second death after we die is the worst fate we can face. We do not avoid this death by doing enough good deeds here in this earthly life. Rather we escape a second death by living with a perspective of eternal life with Jesus.

If you spend your life fixated on your life and not trusting in the one who is life, you will surely die.

Page 39, The Gospel According to Satan, Jared C. Wilson
focus on the One who is life Jared C Wilson

Because we are instant-gratification creatures we live as if what comes after death is inferior to the life we have now. Therefore, we create bucket lists and try to fill our lives with experiences that tempt us with fulfilment, beauty and enlightenment that is short-lived.

Life is too short, too precious, too painful to waste on worldly bubbles that burst. Heaven is too great, hell is too horrible, eternity is too long that we should putter around on the porch of eternity.

John Piper
Life is short quote by John Piper

Live once, die twice; live twice, die once.

This is a trustworthy saying: If we die with him, we shall also live with him. If we endure hardship, we will reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us. If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.

2 Timothy 2:11-13

Apostle Paul writes to Timothy that for us to live twice, we need to be reborn. This second birth requires us to die-off our sins through repentance and unshakeable faith in the gospel of Jesus’ death and resurrection. We cannot truly say we choose Jesus Christ if we are not willing to sacrifice our own desires for the pleasures of this world.

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20

If we live this life as if it’s the only life we’ll get (YOLO), we will not only die-off this physical body, but will die a second spiritual death as well. But, if we are reborn and experience a second life with Jesus, we only die once in a physical way, but live forever with Jesus.

If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.

Mark 8:34-35
Matthew 8 verse 35

The choice is yours. Choose wisely. Every day.

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