I was thinking about a biblical concept for quite some time, mainly because a self-professed atheist said it makes no sense (or lacked rational). I thought ‘wait…I am a very rational person and do things to make lives better and I hold that belief’ – so I decided to take a closer look at it. Just maybe I was wrong – I mean – who knows until they examine the ideal.
‘Your living to die and dying to live’…this is a biblical ideal (what!). It’s the whole ‘losing your life to live’ ideal taught by Jesus. This was taught to me as such a stupid belief that lacks any real sense – and I was like ‘cha’. It makes all the sense in the world and dare I say it – we all live like this – it’s just what do we focus (put perspective) upon.
I figure we are all living (for something) towards a goal based on our perspective of life. We know this is true because as we read this we can breath, take a drink, have a smoke, well – anything you want. But we are also all dying – day by day we lose one more day – it becomes the past and there is no ‘turning back’ from the inevitable (the day of our demise). The cup is half full and half empty – and this again – is perspective – and I am more a ‘live-r’ than a ‘dyer’ – but aren’t we all?
But my point is this: we are living and dying for the same perspective we hold on our life. If someone says ‘I live for this moment’ – they also mean ‘I’d die for this moment’ – and some do. So…the way one lives is also the way one dies.
So it makes all the sense in the world for Jesus to ask us to give our lives for the cause – since we are going to do it anyways – for this cause, for that cause, or for no cause – our living and dying is part of that process (by our mere acceptance of the cause). So I live for Christ and I believe all these values from the teachings – or I ‘live in them’ – and I also ‘die in them’ – for my life is not removed from the process by the cause – actually the cause becomes a part of me.
So whether I live or die – I was doing what I believed and what my perspective was. Not to say all good people won’t be shot or murdered – they might – but they lived for their cause – and they also died in that same cause. Not saying the good people won’t die by old-age – they might – but either way they lived their cause and died for it too. Living life means you hold a perspective and whether you realize it or not – you’re also dying for it (day by day passes and you hold the same view until finally the next day just stops coming).
Final point, consider the case of a murder – person murders a person – he in turn gets killed as an act of revenge – the person dies for what they believe (that the one person should die – so they sow something that comes back to them). It’s the same for the good, the bad, and the ugly – we all have brains and perspectives and we all live in those ideals – and then we eventually pass away – but those ideals define our lives (and sometimes our deaths). So you are living to die for something – we all are – and that’s the circle of life.