Living Life Knowing The Time Of

UnCategorized "When will I die?" has been a question we have asked ourselves at one point in our lives. Despite commonly spurred by fear, we believe that knowing the time of our death would shed a special inspiration on the way we live our live and on how we set our priorities. Yet will the knowledge of the time of death assure one of a more meaningful life? History has proven a variety of consequences for several prominent figures that had learned the Inevitable beforehand. Jesus Christ spoke of his death several times throughout the three and a half years of his ministry. In Mark 8:31, Jesus prophesied in teaching his disciples "that he must be killed and after three days rise again." He likened himself to the Prophet Jonah who was for "three days…in the belly of a huge fish" (Matthew 12:40), and therefore "the Son of Man [Jesus] will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" (Ibid.). In fury of Temple money changers and those in charge of them, Jesus challenged the confronting Jews to "destroy" the Temple so he could raise it back in three days (John 2:19). The gospel writer, in documenting the incident, explained that "the temple he had spoken of was his body" (v.21). It was this very statement that was used against him during his trial when detractors sought for evidences to convict him. Jesus died on the night of a Passover, betrayed by a disciple. But his life was lived entirely for love of his countrymen: healing the sick, encouraging the heartbroken, restoring demoniacs, and even raising the dead. Historian Max I. Dimont (died 1992) claimed that there was nothing un-Jewish in Jesus’ teachings. Jesus, Dimont wrote, was against all injustice; in a soft voice and with a loving heart, taught the observance of the Law of Moses, love for the poor, and mercy. "He was an oasis of comfort in a desert of Roman misery"*. Dimont further explained that nothing Jesus taught or preached ran in collision against what any Jewish prophet or rabbi held true. Jesus was in danger from the Romans, and contrary to Christian claims, the Pharisees and the Sadducees were out to protect Jesus from Roman authorities. Some forty years after his ascension, in a curious turn of events, Rome laid a four-year siege on Jerusalem then torched down the Temple and banished the Jewish people from Palestine: a territorial exile that lasted for two thousand years. It seems that death brings an individual closer to the spiritual which may explain for the stunning coincidences occurring during this period. Mark Twain (1835-1910) was famous for stating that he would never leave this life without the Halley’s Comet, on account that the heavenly body did appear during the night of his birth. The comet returned in 1910, and on April 21 of that year, Twain passed away. Yet not all those who are blessed with the foreknowledge of the Inevitable live life as meaningful as did Jesus and Mark Twain. The Roman Emperor Dometian (51-96 A.D.) had gathered from his astrologers that he would be assassinated on September 5, 96 A.D. As the date neared, the paranoid Dometian ordered the execution of every attendant close to him. The post-midnight hours of September 18 were Dometian’s most terrifying. He scurried out of bed and inquired of a servant as to the time. The servant, unknown to the Emperor as one of the collaborators, stated that it was the sixth hour when in truth it was the fifth. By then, the trusting and confident Dometian was suddenly met by his niece’s aid who draws out a blade and stabs the Emperor. The prediction came to pass. Austrian composer Arnold Schonberg’s life and death was influenced by the number thirteen. Being born on September 13, 1874, he believed that the number would play an integral part of his death. He was confident that, since seven and six added up to thirteen, his death would finally come on his seventy-sixth year, which was in 1951. What came to his horror, however, was that his seventy-sixth year featured a July Friday that fell on a thirteenth. Fearing death by accident, he confined himself in his room on that fateful day. Then a few minutes before midnight, his wife entered his room to encourage that his fear was nothing more than unfounded. Schonberg replied with the word "harmony" and then died. Schonberg’s calculation was correct: he died on July 13, 1951, at 11:47 p.m. thirteen minutes before midnight. Knowing the time of death seems to be truly personal and spiritual; and those who recognize its inevitability gain a unique respect for life. There a choice continues to exist whether to love life and live it to the fullest, or to continue spending one’s ebbing time fearing death. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: