About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman
Death Of My Dad
As I post this article
on June 7, 2021, it has been twenty years to the day when at 8:50 PM,
June 7, 2001, I laid my right hand on my cancer-consumed father.
I, and my wife Dianne proceeded to ask Jesus to immediately take
dad home to heaven. I prayed
the same prayer for Dianne's deathly-ill brother a couple of years
earlier, and Jesus took him within five seconds of my prayer. That
was utterly amazing. Steering
someone to the stairway to heaven in such a sorrow-filled situation is
incredibly comforting. Yes,
I did shed my tears, but ten minutes after asking Jesus to take dad, he
departed this life, but as I believe Revelation 21:1 predicts, dad will
return to reside on a newly created earth.
Was my father's short
seventy-seven year life all there was to him?
Is he gone for good? An
atheist might remind me of 1 Peter 1:24 in support of his no God, no
after-life claim, but of course, he'd take the quote out of its Biblical
"All people are
like grass, and all their glory is like
the flowers of the field; the grass
withers and the flowers fall."
Yes, dad's life on earth
was fleeting. One day he was
here and the next day he was gone. Is
the atheist right? Is my
earthly life all there is to me? Will
my remains rot away beneath a tombstone?
That's not my belief, but if I'm wrong, I've fallen headlong into
a life of fake faith. I've
allowed myself to be deceived by the mother of all hoaxes.
So what caused me to believe June 7, 2001 was not the end of dad?
I admit it.
I was raised with a Biblical belief system where I spent many
emotional moments at an altar of prayer, but that's not the only reason
for my belief. Some say I
took a misguided leap of faith. They
suggest that I took a leap into the unknown without giving serious
thought to where I would land, but faith is not such a leap.
Faith, especially Biblical faith, is trust, and trust implies a
thought process that leads to a logical conclusion.
There was no leap away from logic for me.
I do have the mental capacity to think issues through.
A systematic processing of Biblical issues has, thus, led me to
conclude that the Biblical belief system is universally true, but there
As important as
intellectual pursuit of truth is, it was not the only reason why I have
securely placed my trust in the Bible's view of truth.
I have experienced an inner transformation that confirms my
belief. In New Testament
terminology, I have become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
I have become a born-again-of-the-Sprit of God person (John 3:1 -
5). The Spirit of the
Almighty Creator God has come to reside within me; something the atheist
says is mere emotion, a psychosomatic failure of my mind, a fabrication
of my over-active imagination. I
understand the criticism, but if you haven't been spiritually
transformed, how could you comprehend its reality?
Is my dad just a memory
in my mind? If I live as
long as dad, I'll be saying my earthly goodbyes in seven short years.
Is the atheist right when he claims there is no God and my
existence will end at death? In
the vernacular of the godless, I answer the atheist.
"Hell no! I
cannot bring myself to side with the atheist.
It goes against the very core of who I have become, and that's a
born-of-the-Spirit of God human being."