Monday, January 8, 2018

PragerU Video "Is There Life After This Life?"--A Reflection


There is life after death, because the temporal passing of our bodies is just a minor event on the way to eternity.

There is plenty of evidence which affirms God's existence and omnipotence. The argument of random chance upon chance developing an intricate world of impenetrable complications does not hold any water. The greater our scientific awareness of the world, the more evidence for intelligent design emerges.

Of course, all of these inquiries find their answers in God's Word, regardless of the limited arrogance of man's supposed, self-made intellect.

In his latest video, Dennis Prager addresses this issue with another logical argument: if there is a God, then there is an afterlife.

Because Prager believes there is a God, He recognizes the existence of an afterlife. He has also shared his views on how the argument about living on in someone's memory is not adequate or even moral because, well, as Shakespeare wrote in Julius Caesar:

The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.

It is true that human nature cannot shake its cynical tendency to recall the evil, wicked, bad, and nasty things which men have done, but so easily misremembers the good works of other people. Man requires more diligent training and patience to stay cognizant of all the good things one has done. We struggle to recap all the blessings we encounter in one week, but we can still remember the stinging pain of rejection and hurt from decades past as if those events happened yesterday.

Still, Marc Antony offered the above phrase with an ironic turn, as he reminded the Roman peasantry about Caesar's goodness to induce them to hatred and ultimately political revolution to destroy Marcus Brutus and the Senate. But that's another discussion for another time.

Prager's a priori reasoning is adequate for those who already believe in God, but the sufficient condition to bring man into submission to the truth of God's existence and presence requires a conviction of conscience, not just awareness of intellect.

For that reason, some of Prager's Judaic-centered teachings on Divine Apologetics remain wanting. Yes, there is an afterlife, all testified in God's Word, from Genesis to Revelation. The reason and basis for God's inerrant Word makes the claim for an afterlife not only palatable, but acceptable even to the most secular of minds, even if their arrogance induces them to still reject what is plain to their observation.

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