Friday, August 11, 2017

LIFE AND HOPE

Life and Hope: That life and hope make a real pairing, that there is even hope after death, that after death, there is life – all these admittedly sublime as well as fundamental truths are affirmed and proclaimed by Christianity.  And they are all premised on the faith that subscribes to and accordingly teaches that Christ was born and thus had life, that He died and wherefore lost it, that He rose from the dead and regained life.  Thus stands the core of the Christian faith.  Plants, insects, animals come and go, only to be altogether done and gone.  This is elementary reality, not mere poetry.

After all is said and done, death is the end of life here and now, but at the same time, also the beginning of life hereafter and beyond.  So it is that for faithful Christians, life and hope come together as an inseparable duo.  Death is wherefore but some kind of an intermission for the transit of someone from temporality to eternity, from the natural to the supernatural order.

Life and Despair.  Despair is not merely the absence of hope, but also the malediction of life.  Hopeless living does not only question the reason for being alive but also kills aspirations and initiatives – as a matter of course – for a better life.  Hopelessness is the root cause of many human adversities such as depression, dejection, and desolation.  Despair questions not only the meaning of life but also the reason for being alive.

That is why despair is considered some kind of human capital liability for being the origin of the  many woes of living.  Despair makes life not worth living and wherefore it is alright to deliberately end it – the sooner the better.  Despair denies the intrinsic worth of life – its nature and finality.  Despair makes life an unbearable burden, if not a big curse.  But the truth is that in the last analysis, despair is basically a loud cry for “Help!”

Life and Suicide: The felt arduousness of living, the perceived futility of life, the conclusive uselessness of staying alive, the utter vanity of life – all these personal feelings and convictions can bring about suicide.  And this is the height of despair or hopelessness.  Every suicide inverts reality and truth:  Instead  of treasuring life, this is instead despised and wasted.  Instead of defending  one’s life, the holder wherefore destroys it by himself.  Life and suicide are a fundamental contradiction.

Preference of death to life – the essence of suicide – is contrary to reason and logic, to ethics and morals.  Reasons:  As no one gives life to himself, this wherefore has no right to do away with it.  As one merely receives the blessing of life from God, only its Giver may take it away – not the mere receiver thereof.  In other words, no one – and this means no one – may destroy his life because this is not his to dispose.  Just as he did not give it to himself, he does not own it, he may not do away with it.

Note:  Just for the record:  Strictly speaking, no father nor mother give life to a child.  Each of them already have their respective already living cells.  These they simply put together and so a living baby comes to fore.