Last Thursday evening the television network CBS aired an edition of "48 Hours" titled, "Quest for Immortality" which documented several people's attempt to stop or reverse the aging process. Throughout the show you would hear such phrases as, "reversing the effects of mother nature" and "looking for the fountain of youth."
The first segment showed their attempt through special diet and exercise. Some even mixed the health food with manufactured supplements such as Human Growth Hormone or Testosterone. They readily admitted that this method has never been proven to stop or reverse the aging process, but they were rather confident that it will "add several years to your life."
The next part of the program addressed the scientific side of the effort. Through genetic manipulation we can now manufacture replacement parts for our bodies. Do you have liver problems? Don't worry. We can just grow you a new one to replace the bad one. Again, they admit, this process has never been actually successful but it promises to "add more years to your life." (At this point I thought, "I don't care if you can add a thousand years to your life - you're still going to die!")
Finally, if you were unsuccessful in finding that "fountain of youth," never fear - we'll just freeze your body a few minutes after death and thaw you out later when "science" find's out how to "fix" your malady. This process called "cryogenics" is rather expensive though, so I recommend that you use your money more wisely - like giving it to someone who really needs it.
If you can see the absurdity in the foregoing discussion as well as I can, it is because we know the truth of God on the subject of aging and death. People die because of sin (Gen. 3:24; Rom. 5:12). I have a secret for those involved in "the search for the fountain of youth" - you're not going to find it. Friends, there is something that is a lot worse than dying physically, and that's dying spiritually (Mt. 10:28). The only cure for spiritual death is Jesus Christ, who "destroyed him who had the power of death, that is, the devil" (Heb. 2:14).
Are you on a "quest for immortality?" I know where you can find it. Jesus Christ has "abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" (II Tim. 1:10). The only problem for some is that the gospel demands our humble submission to the will of God - and herein lies the rub. Everyone wants immortality, but hardly anyone wants to love and obey God. It simply will not work that way.
Paul revealed to young Timothy that "bodily exercise profits little, but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come" (I Tim. 4:8). The importance in life is not quantity but quality.
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