I heard Paul Simon’s new song “The Afterlife” yesterday, and I liked it. When I heard the name of the album, “So Beautiful, or So What?” I was reminded of the truth I purport to know–that people will finally rest in only one of two camps. When considering the question of God or the Afterlife, they will say either, “So Beautiful” or, “So What?” There is plenty of evidence to convince us “So Beautiful” is the appropriate response. It does requires an open heart willing to know, and a respect for something called (for lack of a better word) – Truth!
In an interview on NBC News, Simon tells Brian Williams he’s “not too crazy about dying” and he’s pissed off about it. Simon understands death is the obnoxious inevitability, and should not be taken lightly. The Bible says the same – it is unnatural, and it is the last enemy God will overcome (1 Cor. 15).
Paul, you might want to know, there is a revelation of the afterlife full of hope and not so bleak. Consider some of these amazing statements from the Apostle Paul:
For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live. (Phil 1:21-24)
Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.” 2 Cor 5:6-8
The Apostle Paul had a faith that anyone can have through a true knowledge of Christ and what He accomplished on the cross. God only asks us to receive His free gift of salvation – eternal life with Him. God says we need His mercy. Is this too hard to believe? I only hope you’ve asked Him for it!