Please take some time to consider a very important question that we all ask at one time or another. Hungarian author, Útmutató a Léleknek, wrote this short story a number of years ago. It’s about a conversation twins are having in their mother’s womb.
Here’s the short story. In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other, “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.” “Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.” The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”
The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.” The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet mother and she will take care of us.” The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in mother? That’s laughable. If mother exists then where is she now?” The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of her. It is in her that we live. Without her this world would not and could not exist.”
Said the first, “Well, I don’t see her, so it is only logical that she doesn’t exist.” To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive her presence, and you can hear her loving voice, calling down from above.”
The dialogue of the twins inside of their mother’s womb reminds me of a conversation in the Bible in the gospel of John. A ruler of the Jews, Nicodemus, came to Jesus looking for answers to the question of life after death.
Jesus answered his question. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus, like the first baby in the womb was perplexed. “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Jesus responded, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” In other words, man was designed by God to born in the flesh first, and then born again in the Spirit.
There is heaven life after earth life. Like a three stage rocket, first there is life inside the womb. Second, there is life outside of the mother’s womb. However, the first and second stages of life are just prerequisites to the third stage, eternal life. There is life after life after life.
Jesus descended from heaven to earth to let us humans in the earth womb know that there is life, much more life, beyond earth life. How does one be born again? Jesus said it best, “…whoever believes may In Him (Jesus) have eternal life.” John 3:15.
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