Cryonics is not Hope

Cryonics Hope undefined Divine Hope

25-26 “You don’t have to wait for the End. I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26, The Message)

By the research I have looked at, the best estimate responsible scientists give for cryonics to work is only a 50-50 shot and it is, at best, 100 years away. Further, there is no guarantee how long you would live once revived.

Cryonics is the freezing of a person’s remains (whole body or just the head) in liquid nitrogen at -325 degrees until such a time, if it ever arrives where science would have the ability to revive a person and cure them of whatever caused them to die. It does have the sound of Sci-Fi.

To date there are 176 people, according to the Alcor Foundation, who have “preserved” themselves in the HOPE of one day coming back to life for some period of time. Some have doubled own on it (for less money invested) and only preserved their head thinking when medical science can bring them back, they will also be able to grow them a whole new body.

I confess, I don’t get it. You are willing to spend in excess of $200,000 in the hope of living again. For those not opting for the full body preservation option the cost is only $75,000 but you don’t know if you will have a body to go with that head and you also have no idea what it will cost for your new lab grown body.

On top of all of that, how much new am I going to need to learn to make up for what I missed over the past 100 years or more. Besides, I might miss the next Astros World Series, but then again, if they cheat again I don’t think I would want to watch.

Here is the deal on this for me. The 176 who are already frozen and almost 1300 who haven’t died yet are spending tens of thousands of dollars and more, depending on the finite human creature rather than on the infinite creator for some kind of life in the future. And, these people will are either willing to live on in the body they already lived out a life in or hope that science will also be able to grow them a new body. I have about worn this body out. My knees are not great, my back hurts and I’ve had shoulder repairs on both shoulders, and that is just orthopedics.

It seems to me that if I want to live beyond this earthly life, I will leave whatever money I have left for my family and and put my hope in the promises of God instead of humans that have yet to find a cure for the common cold.

I am reminded of two songs that I hadn’t heard before about six months ago. The first, sung a group called Greater Vision. The lyrics to “My Name is Lazarus” say,

One day, four men brought a crippled man to Jesus
Still and lifeless, he lay upon his bed
He had not moved since he was just a baby
Still he longed to become a normal man

Now we don’t know much about the men that carried
The corners of his tattered bed that day
But if we may create an illustration
We’ll see what these men might have had to say

Suppose that first man said, “I hate to doubt it
For Jesus touched my eyes when I was blind
He made me see and there’s no doubt about it
But this man’s needs are more serious than mine”

Suppose that second man said, “No need to bother
This man’s condition will remain the same
Though Jesus touched my hand when it was withered
I don’t believe He can heal a man so lame”

Suppose that third man said, “I hate to question
But no one here is more skeptical than me
Though Jesus cleansed me when I was a leper
This helpless man will never walk, you see”

Then every eye was turned to the fourth man
To see how he might criticize and doubt
But all three men were startled with amazement
When that fourth man stopped and said his name out loud

He said, “My name is Lazarus, could I testify?
My name is Lazarus, it feels good to be alive
When I in chains of death was bound
This man named Jesus called me out
If you think your little problem is too big for Him to solve
Take it from the one who’s heard the mighty voice of God
A living testimony of His death-defying touch, my name is Lazarus.”

If Jesus can raise Lazarus from the dead I know I can depend on the promise of eternal life. Besides, with cryonics a person may live an hour or may live another 30 yeas. There are no guarantees. I want to live longer than that. Ernie Haase and Signature Sound say it better than I with the lyrics to this song:

I’m gonna live forever
I’m gonna die, no never
Jesus died on a tree for me, and I’m gonna live forever

I’m gonna live forever
I’m gonna die, no never
Jesus died on a tree for me
And I’m gonna live forever

I know my name may never be
Hung in lights upon a marquee
Because Jesus Christ died on a tree
I’m gonna live forever

King of the Jews
The cross proclaimed
Wallows around him mocked his name
It was for me that he bore all the shame
So I could live forever

I’m gonna live forever
I’m gonna die, no never
Jesus died on a tree for me
And I’m gonna live forever

I know my name will never be
Written down in history
But Jesus wrote my name in the Book of Life
And thats enough for me
Someday he’s coming back again
And nothing for me will be the same
I’ll have a new body and a brand new name
I’m gonna live forever

I’m gonna live forever
I’m gonna die, no never
Jesus died on a tree for me
And I’m gonna live forever

I’m gonna live forever
I’m gonna die, no never
Jesus died on a tree for me
And I’m gonna live forever

Jesus died on a tree for me
And I’m gonna live forever
Forever, Forever

That is the promise God makes to us. We don’t have to worry about science figuring it out. The only concern we have is, can God keep a promise? God has done it, again and again and again. I don’t think God is going to back off keeping promises now.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Seeking the genuine,

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Rserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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