Why Kate Had To Die
I just watched “My Sister’s Keeper”. It was one of the best movies that has come out of Hollywood in quite a while. It forces us to look death in the face. After an adolescent girl dies from cancer her sister asks, “Why did Kate have to die?” The movie leaves the question unanswered, but tries to convey the frustration that this leaves inside you. Here a summary of the story:
To properly explain this we need to break this down into two separate questions. Today I’ll address the question ‘why does anyone has to die’. The second part of the question I’ll leave for later, ‘why do some die so young?’
The Bible places the blame for death with man, not God. The blame for bringing death into the world goes to Adam. He did have some help from Eve. Because they ate of the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil, God had to remove them from eden [his plan] and put each of us thru this trial, this life. He requires us to answer one simple question: will we humble ourselves, seek and submit to him and his will or will we reject him and continue in our evil selfish ways. Lets look at some Bible passages that explain this.
God’s Judgment on Adam and Eve;
Gen 3;19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ NLT Rom 5;12-14
12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned – 13 for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command,
Christ overcomes Death;
NIV Heb 2;14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death . 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
NLT 2 Tim 1;9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. 10 And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.
Christ offers his Holy Spirit to us so we too can eventually overcome death
NLT Rom 6;8-14
8 And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. 12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
To all who don’t reject the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, Christ offers this gift of life. Most teachers misunderstand the unpardonable sin. It really is very simple. Blasphemy against [and rejection of] Christ can be forgiven, but blasphemy against [and rejection of] the Holy Spirit can not be forgiven. Here’s the passage.
NLT Matt 12:31 “So I tell you, every sin and blasphemy can be forgiven—except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will never be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, either in this world or in the world to come. 33 “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. 34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”
When we understand the unpardonable sin, the deathbed appeal for unbelievers ‘to accept Christ as your savior’ diminishes in significance. The people who are in jeopardy of God’s wrath fall into two categories.
God’s fiercest judgment is for those who accept the mark of the beast, those who are part of the great hoar, the counterfeit church. These people who twist Paul’s teaching to their advantage, who feed themselves and starve the flock, who take advantage of the simple trust of believers, who have a form of Godliness and deny God’s power, who steal from the poor and the widow, and build their monuments to prophets. This is developed more in the Pastoral Virus and Good And Bad Preachers, Know God’s Distinction
Still the rich, and the proud; those who turn from the correcting power of the Holy Spirit need to be concerned. The Bible also also pulls out specific sins that will keep people out of heaven. Neither sexual sinners, greedy (swindlers), idol worshipers, abusers, slanderers, impure, thieves, drunkards, or cheats will make it into heaven, but those who do the will of our Father, the humble, loving, servants need not worry. This is developed in Top Level Sins
Adam (with a little assistance from Eve) brought death into this world. It is interesting that God’s word leaves out any mention of Eve’s responsibility in this. Still she suffers the consequence right along with Adam. God places the responsibility squarely on Adam’s shoulders. Because Adam could not abide by the only rule that God required of him, all men are sentenced to this trial, this life, and must die. God makes us choose if we will humble ourselves and turn back to him.
Those who pridefully endure thru this trial, remaining hostile to our righteous powerful creator are headed for destruction. But the everlasting fires of hell are reserved for those who accept the mark of the beast. These with the mark will find themselves in the place of torment that God intended for the devil and his fallen angels.
The good news is that Christ has already overcome death. He shares this new life with any who walk with his Comforter, his Holy Spirit. We need only to respectfully seek and follow his Holy Spirit, to humbly do his will.
Please forgive our sins, our pride, our selfishness, and our hatred. Turn us to Love, humility and service. Help us to trust and fear you, to appreciate your righteousness and power, to really seek and honor you. In Jesus mighty name we pray, Amen.
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