Saturday, February 05, 2011

The Fate of the Dead

I have several more assignments waiting to be completed and submitted before it is too late and the most immediate one is the Biblical Theology assignment on the topic, "The Fate of the Dead".

In our course of studying the bible, attention is usually on life and life eternal. I only realised not too long ago that the Old Testament has little interest about the fate of the dead and did not have much to say about it. Our belief in the resurrection is so ingrained in us that we would not have realised that in the Old Testament times, when you are dead, you are dead. Do you think that is the worldview of most people today, particularly the atheists? I have had conversations with friends who described life as a process, i.e. you live and then you die. My immediate thought was, where is hope but in Jesus?

I will work on the assignment beginning with the OT initial lack of interest in life after death; followed by the understanding of Sheol being the underworld in OT; with a mention of Enoch and Elijah being taken up with God; and the later Jewish thought about life after death. I will finish off with the New Testament's understanding about life after death, which became all the more clear at the resurrection of Jesus.


Friday, February 04, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year!

My cousins and I have been doing the same thing over the past 4 or 5 Chinese New Years. On the first day of the new year, we'd meet up in my uncle's house and then head off to the nearest mall for drinks and a chat. A day or two later, we'd meet up in a karaoke outlet and just have fun being together belting out songs on top of our voices.

Happy Chinese New Year y'all!