For centuries, Christian martyrs have faced a basic question: Is faithfulness to God more precious than life? Martyrs have been told that their lives could be spared if they will but recant their faith. No doubt, in the pressure of the moment, many have found
Death comes to all of us: rich and poor. We need to continually remind ourselves that we were created to enjoy life now, but because of sin we can’t. Finding fulfilment in Christ is the source of joy in this life.
Having experimented with wisdom and hedonism, Solomon reviews his experience and concludes that wisdom is better than folly but, in the end, both the wise and the fool die, so it really makes no difference how one lives because of the ever-present reality of death.
A 2007 CNN article focused on a “new” medical focus known as “age management.” The article cites the website of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, which speaks of “the arcane, outmoded stance that aging is natural and inevitable.” The Academy is in the business