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-Your Chances Of Dying

Picture Frame Your Chances Of Dying “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:7-8 KJV


The odds of your dying from any cause is 1 in 1. In other words, by human reckoning you will have a 100% chance of dying in your lifetime. What you die of can be broken down into many categories. The top three in the USA, according to the August ’06 issue of National Geographic, are:
  • heart disease – 1 in 5,
  • cancer – 1 in 7,
  • stroke – 1 in 24.
Surprisingly, suicide is in fifth place, with a likelihood of 1 in 119. Some low ones listed were from lightning – 1 in 79,746, and fireworks discharge – 1 in 340,733.

What is conspicuous by its absence is any statistic showing the number of people who died saving other people. While we are usually concerned more with our own death than that of others, God shows His love for us in Christ, who died for His enemies to save us from that second death, the lake of fire (Rev. 20:14). In fact, His word declares that “our Savior Jesus Christ … hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Tim. 1:10).

God also promises that “the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1Th. 4:16). So it seems our chances of dying aren’t 100% after all!

By Tom Steere

With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org

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1 Comment on -Your Chances Of Dying

  1. Dear fellow blogger,
    10 years ago this week many people watched as airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center in downtown New York, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. Hundreds of innocents perished because of the hatred of a handful of people whom they had never met before.
    Perhaps you know what it is like to suffer tragedy in your life even if you were not one of the many who lost family that day. Perhaps you feel like an airplane has crashed into your heart, and that your dreams and hopes have come crashing down. If that’s the case I do not claim to have answers for all the questions you may have. But I do know where you can find the hope you need. God can save you not only from being a victim of someone else’ hatred, but also from being a perpetrator. All people have been terrorized to some extent by those around them, and all people are guilty of terrorizing others. But God wants to both forgive you for your sins (2 Peter 3:9) and to give you a home in heaven where there will be no more pain (Revelation 21:4).
    There is much in this world that is out of our control. We can never know ahead of time if someone may try to kill us, or if we will die by some natural means. But if we trust in Jesus for salvation we can be sure that we will spend eternity with God after we die (I John 5:13). That is because Jesus has already died for our sins (Romans 5:8-9). If you accept this free gift by believing and repenting you will be saved (Acts 17:30-31). But if you reject this gift you reject the only way to escape God’s wrath (II Thessalonians 1:7). God loves you, but He also loves the people you hurt, and He will avenge them by punishing you if you are too unfeeling too admit how much you have sinned against them.
    Thanks for listening to my message. I hope that you have a peaceful week and that God will lead you to eternal peace of the soul.
    Sincerely,
    Daniel

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