Phone team member response:
When it seemed that Job would die without receiving justice for his situation, he firmly held to his belief in life after death. Because he believed God is absolutely just, he logically concluded that God would have to give him life after death for him to receive justice (Job 14:13-14). But many people die before they receive the justice their situation requires.
Furthermore, a desire for immortality is a strong universal trait, as manifested by elaborate schemes of men to perpetuate their memory and postpone their demise. Our desires are the key to many realities we experience. We have a desire to eat, which points to the reality of food. We have a desire for companionship, which points to the reality of human relationships. We have a desire for intimacy, which points to the reality of marriage. Will the overpowering and persistent human desires for justice and immortality be the exception? Or do they point to realities for their fulfillment as do all other human desires? I believe we have good reason to think they do substantiate the promise of life after death that Jesus demonstrated and that we clearly see in the Word of God.
“O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come” (Job 14:13-14).
—John D. Martin, phone team member
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