Is it tacky to laugh at obituaries?

I generally try not to laugh at people's obituaries, but sometimes I can't help it. For example, look at this recent obituary.

The part that caught my attention (after the "Junebug" thing) was the opening sentence:

[The deceased] left this life of being bedridden for over six years to walking the streets of Heaven at Greenville Memorial Medical Center on Thursday.

Atrocious sentence structure aside, I'm glad to finally learn the exact location of heaven! Or, at least, of its streets.


Anonymous said...

Check out this nonsense! Who comes up with this crap? You aren't the only one who laughs at obits.

William (last name withheld) experienced that reality on July 14, 2006, when at the age of 101 years, he passed from this life into eternity, a man "justified by faith" in the finished work of Christ.

mel said...

Hi there. I generally don't post anonymous comments, but I felt that this needed to be addressed.

I may have been unclear in my post, but I was not laughing at the fact that the writer of the obituary believed that the deceased was in Heaven because of his faith in Christ. I found the misplaced modifier amusing--are the streets of Heaven really located at the G'ville Memorial Med Ctr?

I don't laugh at the idea of heaven, because the Bible tells us that the righteous will be given eternal life, but the wicked shall suffer eternal death. The Bible teaches that God created mankind for His (God's) glory, but that each person has chosen to break God's law. Romans 6:23 tells us that the punishment for breaking God's law is death. We stand guilty before God in His court. But there is good news--Jesus Christ (God, come to earth as a man, but still fully God) perfectly kept God's law--which meant that He didn't deserve to die. Yet He chose to die a horrible death--He took the penalty that you and I deserve for our sin. Three days later, He rose from the dead, and then a few weeks later ascended to heaven. The only way we can ever be "justified" (returned to a right legal standing before God) is through faith in Jesus Christ. (See Galatians 2:16, 3:11, and 3:24. Also Romans 3:28 and 5:1. You can look these Bible verses up at www.biblegateway.com. I would suggest the English Standard Version or New American Standard Bible.) Once we are justified, we can be assured of a future spent with God, in heaven.

That was a really brief and not terribly organized outline of the good news--the Gospel. If you happen to be back to my blog and read this, and have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I will be praying for you.