“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”
I saw that quote, next to a picture of David Bowie, the morning that I heard he had died. When I hear of a person’s passing, the first thought that comes to mind is, did they know Jesus? I don’t ponder on the wonderful legacy they left behind. I don’t shed tears over the artistry that has been lost. I seriously sit and wonder if they opened their eyes in heaven or hell. It truly bothers me. My heart aches at the thought of anyone being tormented for the rest of eternity.
The world likes to paint a pretty picture of death: No matter how you live your life or what you believe in, you’ll go to heaven when you die, not even understanding what heaven is.
David Bowie’s passing plagued me. That quote haunted me. Was he even talking about death when he made that statement? Maybe he was just talking about his career. Either way, after he died, the media kept using his words in reference to his death.
That troubled me even more.
Do you know where you’re going when you die? I believe that’s one area that we should be 100% sure about. I’m not asking you if you believe you’re a good person. I’m not referencing all of the good deeds that you did, or even the bad ones. Because, in the grand scheme of things, that information is minuscule.
What do you believe in?
Whether you want to accept it or not, there is a heaven and there is a hell. There is the one and only true God, his son Jesus Christ; and yes, the Devil. I always say that the greatest trick that the Devil has played is making the world believe that he doesn’t exist. If you don’t believe in the Devil, then you definitely don’t believe in the hell that he is desperately trying to put you in.
These celebrities. We idolize them to the point where whatever they say or do is gold. We sing their songs and watch their movies. We frame our worlds around the lives that they portray. But are they even saved? Do they believe that Jesus Christ died for their sins? Are they striving to live their lives for the Lord? But that’s another topic. I digress.
The Word clearly states that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me. John 14:6 Jesus was answering Philip’s question about the way to heaven. God sent Jesus to earth so that we may have eternal life. There are no games, no gimmicks, just an act of love. 1 Peter 1:20 says that Jesus was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God…
I’ve heard people say that they believe in God, but not Jesus. But you can’t separate the two. If you read the book of John, Jesus repeatedly says that the Father sent Him; that He was sent from the Father to save the world; that He is the bread of life sent from the Father. He even stated, plainly, that He who hates me hates my Father also. John 15:23
Jesus is the door. Belief in Him, in His work on the cross, is the way to heaven; to eternal life. God knows that we aren’t perfect and that there is no way that we could ever make atonement on our own for all of the mistakes that we’ll make. So, in His love, He sent His only Son to come to earth as a man, suffer as we suffer, be tempted with the same temptations we face, and to be unjustly persecuted; though there was no fault in Him. For our sins, he was beaten, tortured, and hung on a cross to nearly bleed to death and ultimately die. And by belief in His shed blood, ALL of our sins (past and present) are swept away. How awesome is that? And not only are we forgiven of our sins, but we have everlasting life.
Now, am I saying that David Bowie is in hell? Not necessarily. I don’t know what he believed in before he died. I can speculate, pick his music apart (which I have), and even take a look at his past to try and deduce a hypothesis concerning his spiritual beliefs. But I didn’t know him. So, I’ll never know. But that quote, that sentence…. I truly hope, that in the end, he was sure of his eternity.