Thought for the Week
The word nothing doesn’t mean “non-existence.” It only means the absence of a specific or defined thing. For example, a buyer might ask a property owner whether there is “anything” on a particular parcel of land. And the owner, understanding the question to mean “are there any human-made structures there?” might reply, “No, nothing.” The parcel may, in fact, be teeming with life. But that is not what the buyer sought to know. Therefore, when a person dies and someone observes that they have “ceased to exist,” they can only mean that the collection of cells called “Jordan” or “Lisa” has ceased to exist. Or rather that the animation of those cells has ceased. The cells themselves are still present. But they are in the midst of changing. Likewise, the spirit that animated them still exists. But it too has changed.
“Therefore, remember Him before the silver cord is snapped and the golden bowl is crushed, before the pitcher is shattered at the spring and the wheel is broken at the well, before the dust returns to the ground from which it came…and the spirit returns to the God who gave it.”