Monday, March 22, 2010 12:51:19 PM
A popular ending to childrens' storybooks is the statement "And they lived happily ever after". The idea of living happily ever after is a nice one, and one that a lot of people would like to enjoy.
But it would be nice also to be honest with children. Why not? Perhaps the storybook ought to end with "And they lived happily afterwards until one or both of them died".
One cannot live happily "ever after" unless one has everlasting or eternal life. That is the meaning of the phrase "ever after". If that is not what it means, then words and language have ceased to be useful as a tool of communication.
Eternal life is received by the Word of God. See 1 Peter 1:23 and Romans 10:9,10. There is no other way, unless, of course, Jesus Christ was a liar.