History is all about moments in a continuum, those beginnings and endings which are enshrined in time. Every person, no matter how insignificant, effects human history. And human history effects everything to some degree on our planet. Every human decision made on earth has direct ramifications in the spiritual world, seen only in life after death.
All human history has a beginning and an ending. God did not intend it to be this way. But our actions based on a lack of trust in our Creator in the Garden changed the course of human history. Human beings are born and then die. We now have a “shelf-life.”
Our life begins at conception. However, our history begins when we draw that first breath outside the womb. At first, our history is wrapped up in what others do for us since we are helpless. We have no words to record our feelings or our thoughts. Our personal history begins as we can apply language to our experience which gives us a path to remember it. As we age, our remembered history can become distorted or fade.
In every human community a birth is a cause for celebration and death a cause for mourning. Births bring hope and a chance for new beginnings for a family or community. Death brings the end of an individual history for a family or community. It has been said many times that every human is “born to die.” That is our ultimate destiny. That is undeniable truth. No one escapes death. During our lifetime, we are unaware of the duration of our history. There is no existing science capable of making that prediction. The only prediction we can make with certainty is that we will cease to exist on this planet at some unknown date and time.
What is curious about us humans, is that we are so eager to ignore this irrefutable truth. We hate talking about it, yet death is one of the two events that happen with certainty [birth being the first] in our history.
I said previously that death “is our ultimate destiny.” Well, that is not exactly a true statement. It is true that death ends our earthly existence. But regardless of human opinion, there is existence after death. We can choose eternal life or eternal death. Jesus Christ, our Creator and Savior, has given us an opportunity to change our destiny after death. “But God demonstrated his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Rom 5:8