One of the ways people put down any discussion of life after death today is to call it pie in the sky bye and bye. The “bye and bye” part of this depends on how long we live nowadays. Aside from traffic accidents, the causes of death have been greatly reduced today.
I was born in the baby boom after WW II and probably only lived through the first week of my life because of medical advances made during the war. If I had entered the world even a decade earlier, I would not have survived. I was born with collapsed lungs and serious hemorrhaging.
My wife, a daughter-in-law, and one of my brothers are also only alive today because of modern medicine.
In his book Night Comes: Death, Imagination and the Last Things; Dale Allison spends much of his first chapter dealing with this difference between biblical times…
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