Post Mortem

The brevity of life and its tremendous responsibilities

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/5/2019 1:02:58 PM IST

 Because life on earth is short and opportunities are countless, all human beings desire to live free and without restrain from anyone. It is fallen human nature that every child wants do as he or she wishes. Every teenager want to live without parental constrains, every spouse wants to live independent of the other spouse etc. But that is not the way God had designed humankind to live on earth. God had instead established an order in society where husbands are to love their wives, wives are to respect their husbands, parents are to teach their children, children are to obey their parents and all are to respect civil governments etc. In short, human beings are not free to do as they wish but are entrusted with tremendous responsibilities to implement God’s laws on earth. These laws are not just spiritual laws but also include all political, economic and social laws which govern human societies as well as the whole universe. Mankind therefore, are not autonomous but are entrusted with tremendous responsibilities to rule the earth as God’s representatives. All these responsibilities will also be brought to accounting on the judgement day.

On this subject, the scripture says:

 “For we will all stand before God’s judgement seat. As it is written: ‘As surely as I live says the Lord, every knee shall bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.’ So then each of us will give an account of himself before God” (Rom.14:10-12. See also Heb 1: 13; 1 Cor. 3: 10-15).

Now, if there is no eternal God and there is no eternal life or eternal damnation, than we should all make the most of this short life on earth and enjoy ourselves to the maximum. But instead of such an opportunity, if we live against God’s laws, we don’t break God, but break ourselves. And on top of this, when we die we head for God’s judgement about which the word of God says:

 “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourselves for the day of God’s wrath, when his judgement will be revealed. God will give to each person according to what he has done.” (Rom 2:5-11).

Those who break God’s laws think they can get away with it, but in reality, they get punished both in this life as well as in the next. In conclusion, as long as we do not die, we will go on living. And as long as we are living, none of us can escape from the tremendous responsibilities that God has put on our shoulders. Nagaland is today suffering terribly both in the spiritual and social dimensions. This is all because, for too long, we have been desperately trying to evade the responsibilities that God has entrusted us to carry out in both our personal lives as well as our social lives. 

Kaka D. Iralu

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