By Cindy Puhek on November 25, 2017
Transporting readers and movie go-ers to different realities and allowing them to look at life from different perspectives has been part of the art of authors and movie makers since the craft began. Often the insights gained during a trip to Narnia or Middle Earth can be very enlightening and give challenging illustrations of faith, obedience, and the spiritual warfare of life. But alternative narratives are not always helpful. Some can be extremely dangerous to the souls of our children. One in particular that sends off alarm bells in my heart is an alternative narrative about death.
The Bible has some very clear teaching about death. First, we know everyone dies ONCE and then comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27). The certainty of a coming judgment is used by Paul to encourage righteous living (2 Corinthians 5:9-10). The longest chapter in the Bible dealing with resurrection concludes with “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable. Always abouning in the work of the Lord. Forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58) It is the knowledge of judgment and rewards from God that motivates a Christian to say “no” to temptation and to labor fervently in righteousness.
Most of the alternative narratives about death swirling about our culture are not from a Biblical worldview. There is no judgment and no hell in these worlds so there is no need for a Savior. Heaven presented as a cleaned up version of earth. As our children must face these pagan narratives, I'm challenged to make certain my children know what the Word of God says about death. They need to hear the words of the First Begotten from the Dead (Revelation 1:5) and understand what Jesus testifies about heaven, hell, judgment, and rewards. I need to equip them to shine as lights in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation as they hold forth the Word of Life. (Philippians 2:15-16).