Are We Looking for Someone Not There?

April 26 Time

The internet is full of stories from people who believe deceased loved ones have come to them in their dreams. These “visitations” are powerful, often comforting … but are they real? Is it that our consciousness, or subconscious – is playing tricks on us, or are we having an authentic encounter with someone who has died?

The philosophers Hegel (1770-1831), Nietzsche (1844-1900) and Heidegger (1889-1976) consider the “death of God” – the end of metaphysics? The deity murdered by human immorality or by human “enlightenment”? Is humankind destined to fall into the abyss of being with nothing more than our span of time on earth to show for it; and if so, why wouldn’t that be enough?

How deep are the waters we have waded into! I heard someone say recently that human beings really only want to think about two things: sex and death. We aren’t going to take a poll.

But Christians, remember that text from Revelation 1:17: “Once I was dead but now I live forever.” That’s Jesus talking. What is it to have a “visitation” from the likes of him? Is it our subconscious playing tricks on us, or wishful thinking that is responsible for faith?

Is faith in Christ only to be looking for someone who isn’t there? Or is it to find the one life that never ends?

May you be visited today!

A blessed Tuesday.

 

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.