This article written by Ray Comfort, from the Living Waters Newsletter, is just too good—and too poignant—not to reprint. (Subscribe to the newsletter here.)
The well-known movie critic, Roger Ebert, who tragically died recently, said, “Many readers have informed me that it is a tragic and dreary business to go into death without faith. I don’t feel that way. ‘Faith’ is neutral.”
But this is what Ebert also wrote about his impending death: “I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear.” He believed that there was nothing on the other side. Faith and fear are opposites. If you are fearful of stepping into an elevator it’s because you lack faith in it. If you have faith and therefore trust it, you won’t fear. Ebert didn’t fear death because of what he “believed.” Again, he believed he had faith, he trusted that there was nothing after death.
As a Christian, I trust that there is life after death. This is because my faith is in the Son of the Living God—the One who forgave my sins, and in an instant of time transformed my life. My trust is in Him who said, ““I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” But look at where Ebert placed his faith. He said, “I am comforted by Richard Dawkins’ theory of memes.” His faith in the words of Professor Richard Dawkins gave him comfort in his death. He placed his trust in the words of a man who believes that God “probably” doesn’t exist, has no training in theology, thinks he’s a talking primate, that he’s a distant cousin of the banana and the turnip, and believes that we could have been seeded by aliens.
If Jesus Christ was a liar and there is no afterlife, then Roger Ebert will never know it. Death is the end. But if the Son of God spoke the truth and there is a real Hell, then he died deceived, and will have eternity to despise Dawkins for his lies and deception.