by Moody Adams When the learned Apostle Paul stood before King Agrippa he asked a great Easter question, "Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?" (Acts 26:8).
Dr. Von Braun, the German genius who headed our moon program, said, "Many people seem to feel that science has somehow made religion un-timely or old-fashioned. But I think science has a real surprise for the skeptics. Science, for instance, tells us that nothing in nature, not even the tiniest particle, can disappear without a trace. Nature does not know extinction. All it knows is transformation. Now if God applies this fundamental principle of indestructibility to the most minute and insignificant parts of his universe, does it not make sense to assume that he applies it also to the human soul? I think it does and everything science has taught me and continues to teach me strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death. Nothing disappears without a trace."
Wise Socrates said, "All men's souls are immortal." He was moved to drink the hemlock because he thought he would meet the friends who had gone on before.
Rome's orator, Cicero said, "When I consider the wonderful activity of the mind...I believe and am firmly persuaded that a nature which contains so many things within itself cannot but be immortal."
Homer the Great tells of Ulysses meeting his mother in the spirit world and recognizing her. Virgil represents Aenas as meeting with his friends over there and talking with them. Hillis asked, "Did the Heavenly Father create his child and fill the soul with treasures of genius and purity and prayer, that he might lead it towards one place-a black hole in the ground where it could bury its intellect and memory and imagination and prayer in the depths with the leaf and the worm?"
Icero, who lived before Christ's day, said: "Oh glorious day when I shall retire from this low and sordid scene to associate with the divine assemblage of departed spirits. With my dear Cato, the best of sons and the most faithful of men. It was my sad fate to lay his body on the funeral pile. If I seemed to bear his death with fortitude it was by no means because I did not feel sensible the loss I had sustained. It was because I was supported by the consoling reflection that we should not be long separated." If there is no life after death there is no justice and life is a cruel joke. Adolph Hitler burned six million Jews, bathed in riches and died a quick death with no suffering. A good mother lives to serve others. But she suffers a life of poverty and pain and spends a year dying of cancer.
Reason cries for another life where justice will be done. Without it there is no sense to our existence. Without another life, this life is ridiculous. The instinct in the heart of man demands there is another life. Our sense of justice demands it. So much is wrong which is never righted here on earth. There must be a judge, or a place where this world's wrongs are righted. Each person's reasoning compels him to come to this conclusion - there is another life. Beethoven, the deaf Prussian composer, said: "I shall hear in heaven."William Shakespeare, wrote in his will: "I commend my soul into the hands of God, my Creator, hoping and assuredly believing through the merits of Jesus Christ my Savior, to be made partaker of Life everlasting."
Abraham Lincoln said, "Man is destined for eternity.
"Benjamin Franklin wrote his own obituary. He likened his body to a book which would decay. But, the publishers would bring it out in a new addition: "Like the cover of an old book, Its contents torn out and stripped of its lettering and gilding. Lies here food for worms. Yet the work itself shall not be lost for it will appear once more." On his seventieth birthday Victor Hugo wrote: "Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. The nearer I approach the end, the plainer I hear around me the immortal symphonies of the worlds which invite me.'
American President John Quincy Adams was 80 years of age when a friend asked how he was. He said, "Thank you, John Quincy Adams is quite well. But the house where he lives is becoming dilapidated. It is tottering. Time and the season have nearly destroyed it, and it is becoming quite uninhabitable. I shall have to move out soon, But John Quincy Adams is quite well thank you."Jesus Christ declared, "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believes in me shall never die"" (John 11:25,26).